Highly expected: If you've been eyeing the ability to increase your PlayStation 5's storage space, rest assured. You can do that now. The latest software update brings the expected M.2 SSD support and a host of other quality of life features.
In June, we speculated that one of the features that Sony is preparing to unlock in the PS5's major update is support for M.2 SSDs. The speculation was confirmed when the console giant released an update to beta testers the following month.
On Wednesday, Sony officially released this update to all users. The fully updated PlayStation 5s accepts compatible M.2 SSDs for more storage, and it's just as fast as Sony's own drive. Installing a new SSD is relatively simple as it shows a 30-second video posted this morning on the PlayStation YouTube channel. Sony has also updated its support site with in-depth video tutorials.
< For SSD features that are compatible with the PS5 SSD, Sony has listed the requirements (above) on the support page. If that's a bit understandable, CNET has compiled a short list of SSDs that have been confirmed to work. This listing includes: SSD Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD (requires separate heatsink sold)
High-speed SSD support isn't the only thing the latest PS5 hardware offers.
Users can now customize the Control Center interface. Previously, the user interface was fixed with a number of fixed options. Now, users can hide central controls they never use and reset them at will. Other aspects of the user interface have been improved, including Game Base, Game Library, and Home Screen.
Sony has changed the PlayStation Now app to allow players to choose between 1080p and 720p resolutions for some games. This added a connection test to troubleshoot streaming issues.
This update also brings 3D sound to the TV's built-in speakers. Previously, the PS5 needed a Pulse 3D or other compatible headset to receive spatial sound. Users who tend to play without headphones can now enjoy the 3D sound of their TV. It also has improvements for the best experience.
"Players can use their DualSense Wireless Controller's microphone to measure sound in their rooms to apply optimized 3D sound settings to their rooms." Release notes.
Several other features are also available in the update. For full details, check out the PlayStation blog post that covers it, or watch the Sony video summary (above) for a brief summary.
Sony officially released S.2 MSD SSD support for PlayStation 5