The PlayStation 5 is almost here, but players will need to keep an eye on their overall storage. Not only will players have launch titles like Demon's Souls and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales to enjoy, they can also move their favorite PS4 games over to the new console. The thing is, all those games will slowly take up the system's limited storage space.
As I noted in our review of the PS5, due to the unique architecture of the solid-state drive in the system, it starts with 825 GB of space. Bht with the operating system also taking up a certain amount of that space, that number drops to 667 GB. Actually, slightly smaller than that, as Astro's Playroom comes installed on every PS5, taking up around 12 GB. So that leaves 646 GB for Demon's Souls, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and all the rest of this fall's biggest games.
There is an internal hardware slot on the system for an NVMe M.2 SSD, but it won't be supported at launch. Sony confirmed yesterday that internal storage expansion support will be patched in post-launch, as hardware manufacturers still need to ensure their drives will work with the new console. You can use an external hard drive for PS4 games, or to temporarily archive PS5 titles.
As game worlds get bigger and assets like high-resolution textures aim for 4K resolutions, games are only getting bigger. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is 133 GB on PlayStation 5, which is a big chunk of that SSD. Triple-A developers will need to get better at compression and optimization, or players will have to get better about picking and choosing which games live on their console storage long term.
The PlayStation 5 is launching on November 12, 2020 in certain regions, with a subsequent launch on November 19 in the rest of the world. It'll cost $499 for the standard edition, or $399 for the disc-less Digital Edition. That said, if you haven't already pre-ordered one, it might be hard to get a hold of this holiday season.