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’s been part of the latest next-gen gaming sales pitch.

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