February 26, 2021 at 7:38 pm #12230UK SentinelModerator
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This update could increase fan speeds
Sony will allow the PlayStation 5 to make use of expanded SSD storage from this summer, according to a report in Bloomberg. The functionality is said to be coming in a firmware update that will activate the PS5’s M.2 expansion slot, which is currently disabled. Sony told The Verge ahead of the PS5 launch that the feature was “reserved for a future update.”
Bloomberg’s sources say that the firmware update will allow for an increase in the speed of the PS5’s cooling fans. The PS5 has an extremely fast built-in SSD, and any compatible third-party drive will need to be equally fast in order to store and run PS5 games; that’s going to generate some extra heat.
The PS5 comes with an 825GB SSD right now, leaving users with only 667GB of usable space when formatted. With game sizes ever increasing — you can’t fit all the content from the latest Call of Duty on a 500GB PS4, for example — PS5 owners will welcome the possibility of storage upgrades. As long as the fan noise isn’t too loud, that is.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).February 26, 2021 at 7:45 pm #12231UK SentinelModerator
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Similar story from gizmodo.com – Sony Will Reportedly Start Supporting SSD Upgrades for the PS5 Later This Summer
One of the PS5’s few shortcomings compared to the Xbox Series X is its smaller built-in storage. However, based on a new report, it seems Sony is working to address that by adding support for the PS5’s SSD expansion bay later this summer.
According to a source who spoke to Bloomberg, support for the use of the PS5’s M.2 SSD expansion slot will arrive following a firmware update that will enable the faster fan speeds needed to help prevent the console from overheating. Since its announcement, Sony has been clear that at some point, PS5 owners would be able to upgrade their consoles with a second M.2 SSD using the PS5’s expansion bay, which is located in a slot behind the PS5’s removable plastic shell.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).
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