PS5 Has Just Over 650GB Usable Storage Space

After the operating system takes up the space it needs, you'll have far less than the rated 825GB SSD suggests.

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The PlayStation 5 launches in just over a week on November 12, but Sony still hasn't concretely stated just how much of the SSD will be available for you to install games on. We have confirmed that it's going to be just over 650GB.

The PS5 ships with a custom 825GB SSD, but not all of that will be free for game installations. The console's operating system needs some of that space from the get-go. We've tested it ourselves, and there is roughly 667GB free to install games.

That's less than the Xbox Series X, but that was always likely to be the case considering the PS5's smaller SSD overall. The Xbox Series X ships with a 1TB SSD, with its operating system reducing available storage down to 802GB. That means the PS5's OS is slightly more efficient when it comes to space required but still doesn't leave you with a lot of room for large game installations.

On the other hand, it's a lot more than the Xbox Series S, which has just 364GB of space. On the plus side, games on this system will often take up less space. This isn't universally the case, but 20GB shaved off of file sizes here or there could be the difference between having room to install that last game and having to delete something.

For some further comparison, the PS4 launched with a 500GB HDD, and 409HD of that was usable. The launch model of PS3 came with a 60GB HDD. But game sizes have gone up dramatically since either system launched, and scrutinizing these numbers is important considering how big certain next-gen games are going to be. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, for instance, will be 133GB on PS5. That file size could grow larger as it's updated, though you will be able to install only certain modes at a time in order to manage the size.

Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 support expandable SSD storage but approach the matter in two different ways. Microsoft has partnered with Seagate to develop plug-and-play SSD cards that slot into the back of the Xbox Series X and Series S, with 1TB cards available at launch. Sony, however, is giving players the option to use off-the-shelf NVMe SSDs to expand PS5 storage. These SSDs will need to be approved by Sony beforehand, and right now the company hasn't listed any compatible drives ahead of launch. The feature will be added in a future update. You also cannot store PS5 games on an external storage device, even if you aren't playing them yet. Only PS4 games can be stored this way.

The Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10, and you can read our Xbox Series X review now. The PS5 is hot on its heels with a release date on November 12. You can check out our PS5 review now.

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I'll wait for the slim version. Not like I don't have a huge gaming backlog.

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Not supporting any expansion SSDs at launch and not letting you store PS5 games on USB hard drives feels like a massive oversight. Allowing one or the other out of the gate would prevent a lot of headaches.

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150GB more than PS4?! Throws money at screen!!!

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Lololol! Hahahahaha! I mean come on...

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Sucks Sony is forcing us to have the Astro's Playroom on the system. They should have put in a 1TB but no they went cheap.

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@batman90: rather have the extra speed than the little extra storage amount. When it gets cheap, we can purchase expandable storage. But the SSD solution used in ps5, cheap is the last thing I would say. I think you can delete Astros playroom.

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@pcps4xb: Well i rather have a better GPU and CPU rather than the extra speed in the HDD. So let's get this straight, you getting inferior power and less HDD and they still charging you 500 bucks. That's not a good deal at all.

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@angrycreep: then you don't know components. Simple. But if anyone thinks $500 is not a good deal for any of these console's is just ignorance.

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The operating system always takes up space and, shocking I know, but hard drives cost money and the bigger they are they more they cost. If they gave us bigger hard drives the prices of the consoles would go up and you know we can't have that.

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@spudtheblacklab:

Microsoft is giving you a much better performance console with a superior GPU and CPU and they still giving you a bigger SSD HDD.

OK so how do you explain Microsoft been able to pull this off and not Sony? At the end of the day, just like someone else mention in here, i rather have a better GPU, CPU and a bigger SSD.

I rather have that rather than having the extra speed with the smaller HDD and inferior specs console.

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Nice try. Still getting one.

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I'm going to connect a couple TB external HDD and just keep the couple games I will be playing at the time on the SSD and anything I might want to return to in the future on the HDD. The fact that you can move games/saves between an external HDD and the internal SSD makes storage space a moot point IMO

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@Serpentes420: You can do that, but PS5 allows you to add a secondary internal SSD.

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@CyberEarth: you can’t install a second SSD until Sony unlocks it with a update sometime down the road. So don’t buy one until they unlock it and announce what SSD’s will work.

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@batman90: Sony is already certifying drive SKUs and are in the testing phase now working with manufacturers (notably, Samsung).

Also, are you going to install 650 GB worth of games at launch, lol?

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@CyberEarth: PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4. My PS4 external hard drive is a nearly full 5TB drive. Yes, I'm going to install 650GB at launch, lol.

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Can I have a video of Mark Cerney quietly and professionally justifying that one? Lol.

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Well....Good luck PS5 owners if you're playing Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops. Sheesh.

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$499.99 and it doesn't even come with a 1TB drive???...ouch!

And to add more pain to injury Sony still refusing to give any info on their "compatible" additional storage.....

Sony is so damn behind on everything.

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@johnny0779: actually they're ahead.... There's not a fast enough ssd on the market yet but nice try 😁

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@johnny0779: I’m getting both systems and am equally excited for both. That said, the ps5 SSD is a marvel on paper and I can’t wait to see games take advantage of it

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@johnny0779: It requires an SSD as fast as the one on board, they aren't on the market yet. How can they give you info on which are compatible when they aren't out yet?

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@Serpentes420: their faster ssd on the market. but normal people like the ones here have no clue about it and wont be willing to understand or pay the price. before you reply back. why dont you get off of watching a YT on this and do some real research before posting a lie. cheers and no reply back from this comment.

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@johnny0779: guess what. today it leak that the add on drive is dis able tell in the future.

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Who needs more than 10 games installed at once? The drives on both next-gen consoles are fine.

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ITT: console peasants don't know the difference between an SSD and an HDD because they're 5+ years behind in tech as usual.

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How many ps4 gamrs can you fit in the ssd drive on PS5

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@gamerpie: Triple A games prolly average around 50-60Gb... so around 12 games I guess.

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@durantftw: about £1.10 per gig, bargain!

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@gamerpie: easy math,try it

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Edited By jyml8582

HDD = Hard Disk Drive

PS5 ships with a custom "SSD". I can understand non tech savvy ppl to generalize all drives as HDD, but for Sony to label it that way? Unprofessional and unacceptable.

That being said, a 825GB drive means it has 825,000,000,000 bytes, let's convert those into Gigabytes:

825,000,000,000 bytes / 1024 = 805,664,062.50 actual Kilobytes

805,664,062.50 KB / 1024 = 786,781.31 actual Megabytes

786,781.31 MB / 1024 = 768.34 actual Gigabytes

An advertised 825 GB drive will actually have 768.34 GB available. The screenshot shows PS5's available drive space is 667.176 GB, which means the drive is more likely around 716GB.

So advertising it as 825GB is what...?

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@jyml8582: you know all that info but I find it funny you don't know that everyone advertises storage that way?

So what's the answer to that question since you're putting all companies on that boat?

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@jyml8582: It's common industry practice to overstate the capacity of storage devices (hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, etc.), and most consumers don't realize they are actually getting less than what is advertised. It's even worse for electronic devices, because a portion of the internal storage is always reserved for system use. I'm not saying this is right, only that it's common, and I'm not sure why there aren't advertising laws against it.

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Also for anyone wondering, they have low amount of space on purpose so you can buy the even more expensive version in a few months with 1 TB.

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@clearvision: actually read why they chose 825gb before coming on here and saying stuff like that lol. And you do know that the expandable ssds won't be from Sony Right?

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@clearvision: That makes no sense.

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@durantftw: more $$$ is all the sense you ever need in the gaming industry.

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@clearvision: Well yes, like any business, it wouldn't exist if it weren't for profit, but your initial comment still doesn't make sense.

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The way those coins disappear before the little robot guy even touches them hurts my eyes. Thumbs down, completely useless BS game.

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