You might have seen yesterday that Sony unveiled new details about the SSD storage expansion feature for the PS5, with the general consensus being that the list of rules and requirements is pretty confusing for the average user.
For example, it's mentioned on the official PlayStation website that you'll need to use an M.2 SSD which is no greater than 22mm wide and 11.25mm tall, and it's recommended to use one which is 5,500MB/s or faster. Additionally, some M.2 SSDs will actually require attaching a heatsink in order to provide "effective heat dissipation".
That's not to mention that even if you meet these requirements, you might not have any success:
"SIE cannot guarantee that all M.2 SSD devices meeting the described specifications will work with your console and assumes no responsibility for the selection, performance, or use of third-party products."
This drew a lot of comparisons across social media yesterday to Xbox's much simpler solution in the form of the Seagate 1TB Expansion Card, and Xbox Support soon issued a timely reminder about this in a tweet:
There's no doubt that the Xbox Expansion Card option is a much easier concept to grasp for the average gamer, and has a lot of advantages over the PS5 solution. That said, to give Sony credit, the ability to use a wide range of M.2 SSDs could make expandable storage more affordable on PS5 compared to the Seagate 1TB Expansion Card.
What we'd really like to see next from an Xbox perspective is a wider range of manufacturers building Expansion Cards for the Xbox Series X and Series S, hopefully bringing down the price in the months and years to come. Here's hoping!
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