You Can't Store PS5 Games On An External Drive

Unlike Xbox Series X/S, you can't even temporarily store PS5 games on an external drive, although you can set one as the default for PS4 games.

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Space may be at a premium on PlayStation 5, but you won't be able to rely on an external drive in order to store your PS5 games. While it was expected that you would need PS5 games to be installed to the internal NVMe SSD in order to play them, you can't even temporarily store them on an external drive to free up space on the internal drive.

The unfortunate news puts Sony's new console at odds with Xbox Series X and Series S, both of which allow you to store next-gen games on an external drive and then move them to internal storage when you're ready to play them. In theory, this should save you from having to delete and re-download digital games, which is a concern for people with internet data caps. That won't be possible on PS5, at least at launch.

One thing you can do to ensure you have space on the PS5's internal drive is store your backwards-compatible PS4 games on an external drive. These games can be played from an external hard drive, although the speed of the device will likely impact the improvements you see to load times.

The PS5 storage settings menu
The PS5 storage settings menu

PS5 features an option in the Storage menu to always have your PS4 games install to extended storage, sparing you from downloading them to the internal drive and then moving them. However, this is an all-or-nothing option, as you won't be able to decide where games download on a case-by-case basis. That means you may end up needing to move games around after they download, depending on which drive you want to play them from.

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I don't know that the additional speed we'll get from the SSD is going to be worth the heavy hit we're taking on storage space for both systems. As it is, even a full TB of space isn't really enough, the smaller drives are really making me hesitant to move forward with the new systems. At least with the PS4 pro I was able to just plug in a high capacity external drive and play on without worrying about space constraints. They will need to come up with a solution.

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@Royas: Yep, in practicality, this lightning fast SSD is actually not as good as it sounds. Yeah, it'll save you time on loading. But it's going to save you far LESS time on downloading the actual game if you're installing, deleting, redownloading games that you wish to play again. Even if you're going disc version, expect some all out heavy patches next gen.

And for fans of any COD game, prepare to have your whole SSD dedicated to that. If Modern Warfare comes to 250gb+ this gen, imagine how horrible next gen will be. Developers have already proven they are fucking awful with file compression.

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Might be a update at launch.

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@gifford38: Sony chose to release this info only a week from release. Pretty telling.

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With all these cascade of news about what the PS5 can't do, it's no wonder why Sony kept the silence for as long as they could.

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@ferago42: Yep, in terms of hardware it looks like XSX won easily. A lot of the missing features on PS5 can probably be fixed in future updates, but the fact is that they're missing at launch and there's nothing that can be done about the less teraflops compared to XSX.

That being said, X1X is significantly more powerful than the PS4 Pro but Microsoft failed miserably to provide many Xbox exclusives, so unless they can figure it out this gen (couldn't even get Halo ready on time even though it's printed on the box) all those hardware advantages will mean absolutely nothing.

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@ferago42: yup makes sense now

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This is a massive blunder by Sony. I was skeptical before about buying one, but you can forget it now. Well can’t wait for people crying they can have only three games installed on their console.

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wow,that will get many gamers in trouble

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So not only does PS5 have a tiny amount of storage space for games that will likely have larger installs than last gen, but you also can't dump them on an external drive when you run out of that tiny amount of space. Instead you have to fully reinstall them if you want to play them again. Not to mention redownload all the updates which will really kill people with data caps. What an utterly moronic decision. I hope Sony fixes it. Just another thing adding to the heap of reasons I'm expecting Series X to be my main console this gen. PS5 will likely only be used for exclusives. Sony is really not handling this storage issue well. You basically need an expansion SSD and Sony isn't even supporting those at launch. Meanwhile MS has an expensive, but actually not too far off market value given the speeds, 1TB memory card you just slot in and it works. What are you doing Sony? I almost regret sitting in line for 6 hours to preorder the PS5 at GameStop.

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@able_to_think: “almost” lol

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