PlayStation 5 game storage will apparently continue to be a nightmare

What's missing from this console profile shot in April 2021? A compatible expansion drive for next-gen game storage.

Enlarge / What’s missing from this console profile shot in April 2021? A compatible expansion drive for next-gen game storage. (credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

On Monday, Sony posted a bulletin to PlayStation 5 fans letting them know about a sweeping new system update, meant largely to touch up the game console’s menu interface. The blog post includes a long-winded notice about one update that, for some players, won’t seem like much of an update at all: “cold storage.”

As a result, PlayStation 5 is now five months out from its launch while continuing to lack something kind of important in a game console: a way to add functional storage space, which is required to play any PS5 game you own.

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Last year’s new consoles, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, have a ton in common as far as hardware is concerned. As just one example, they lean on a new generation of internal storage—rated PCIe 4.0 and connected via the NVMe protocol. With this jump, read and write speeds increase dramatically, and that has been part of the latest next-gen gaming sales pitch.

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