Sony’s PS5 storage might be superfast but the 825GB SSD is likely to fill up rather fast judging by some of the install sizes of upcoming games.
While there aren’t a lot of install sizes officially announced for incoming PS5 games, we have heard that the Demon’s Souls Remake will measure in at a huge 66GB, And if you want the full Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition, you’re looking at an install size of 105GB of SSD space; that’s a hefty chunk of the PS5’s built-in storage. Even if you just opt for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which is a standalone expansion to the full Spider-Man game, you’re looking at giving up 50GB of SSD space.
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But the PS5 comes with less stage that the PS4 Pro, albeit in the form of a significantly faster and cutting-edge SSD. And with large game install sized, it looks like you'll not be installing large libraries of games on a launch PS5 consoles, unless Sony gets clever with data compression.
PS5 storage will be expandable with off-the-shelf SSD, But these will need to be PCIe 4.0 SSDs and be certified by Sony. None are available at the time of writing, and going by how much the Xbox Series X expandable storage costs, we can expect such SSD upgrades to be rather expensive.
Sucking up storage
Eurogamer crunched some numbers and worked out that an install of Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition will take up nearly 13 percent of the PS5’s SSD. If other games follow suit, and we’ve seen the likes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 come with huge install sizes, then that'll be bad news for the PS5's SSD space.
That’s not a huge problem if you have a very fast broadband connection to download large games in a reasonable amount of time. But if you have a slow connection, you’ll need to also have a rather large amount of patience if you want to play next-generation games.
The Xbox Series X will come with a 1TB SSD, which, if it also has games with large install sizes, will also fill up rather quickly.
We’ll know more about the next-generation console SSD situation when they launch in November. The Xbox Series X will launch worldwide on November 10, while the PS5 will launch on November 12 in the U.S. and other regions, while the U.K., Europe, and others will need to wait until November 19.