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Expanding Your PS5 Storage Sounds Like A Real Pain In The Ass

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Expanding Your PS5 Storage Sounds Like A Real Pain In The Ass

So here's the good news: Sony is finally rolling out support for the PlayStation 5's SSD expansion slot, giving players the opportunity to increase the amount of storage on their new-gen console and thus, the amount of games it can hold.

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The bad news? It sounds like such an incredible pain in the ass to expand said storage that I'm honestly not sure how many people will ever bother with the process.

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Sony has published a new support page offering guidance on how exactly you add an M.2 SSD to your PS5. This is after you track down one that's officially supported and pay the hundreds of pounds required to purchase it, to be clear.

The full instructions are... a lot. Things kick off with a pretty troubling omen as Sony asks you to make sure you have the following before you start: a well-lit room with a table to "work on", a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver, and a small flashlight.

Once you've got all that to hand, it's a simple matter of following 12 (yes, 12) steps. For comparison, expanding storage on an Xbox Series console is as easy as plugging the SSD in as if it were a memory card. That's 11 steps less than Sony is asking of us.

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Oh! You also need to be absolutely certain that the SSD you buy for you PS5 meets the required dimensional and internal specifications, as shown below.

Credit: Sony
Credit: Sony

Honestly, I'm convinced Sony is messing with us here. I know plenty of tech-inclined gamers who won't mind doing any of this, but what an incredible level of faff for the more casual gamers who just want to easily expand their console's storage. Here's hoping we see some revised PS5 models in the future that make it slightly easier. Hell, even six steps would be better than 12.

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Topics: PlayStation 5, News

Ewan Moore
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