PS5's SSD storage is a huge part of Sony's PlayStation 5 package, but what makes it so much better than a traditional HDD? Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will make use of an SSD, or Solid-State Drive, which will help with things like load times. But what does this actually mean? How does it make the PS5 more powerful? As part of our PS5 guide, we're going to attempt to answer any questions you may have about PS5's SSD storage.
PS5 SSD: Why It's Better Than HDD
SSD, or Solid-State Drives, are storage devices just like hard drives (HDD), but the key difference, at least in terms of gaming, is that they generally offer better performance. Because of how they're designed, SSDs are able to access data more quickly than HDDs. This leads to quicker load times and improved technical performance.
Another benefit of using an SSD is vastly improved storage. Because of the aforementioned faster read speeds, developers will be able to make much more efficient use of storage space. This could have quite an impact on the size and scope of games on PS5.
However, because of their inherent strengths when it comes to reading data, and because of how they're put together, SSDs tend to be more expensive than HDDs. This is one of the main reasons why consoles like the PS4 haven't featured SSDs out of the box.
Anyway, the bottom line is that with an SSD, games should run better than ever on PS5. Sony has already demonstrated decreased load times with a Marvel's Spider-Man demo, which shows the game running on a PS4 Pro, and then next-gen hardware. Load times were cut from 8 seconds to less than 1 second.
PS5 SSD: How Fast Is It?
More recently, Mark Cerny has stated the PS5's custom SSD will be capable of blisteringly fast load times. The lead system architect is aiming for "instantaneous" read speeds, meaning drawn out loading screens will become a thing of the past. PS5's SSD will be capable of reading up to 5.5GB a second of raw data, which is an astronomical difference when compared to PS4, and it's even faster than Xbox Series X. You can find out more about that through here: PS5 vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Full Tech Specs Comparison.
Also, game and update downloads will benefit from this SSD. At the moment, PS4 "copies" game data after you download something, and this process can take a frustratingly long time. On PS5, this process will be eliminated, so you won't have to wait around for the lengthy installation phase.
PS5 SSD: Will It Make PS4 Games Run Better?
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible, meaning that it'll be able to run PS4 games. But because of the PS5's increased power, does that mean PS4 games will run better on the next-gen console? The short answer is yes, they should.
And the PS5's SSD will help with this. As mentioned above, SSDs read data faster than HDDs, meaning that games can perform better. Naturally, this should apply to PS4 games as well as PS5 games, assuming that they're stored on the SSD to begin with.
It's worth pointing out that you can already replace your PS4's HDD with an SSD. Although other hardware limitations stop games from running significantly better, many PS4 games do enjoy boosts in performance when running off an SSD rather than an HDD, decreased loading times often being the most notable improvement. If the PS4 can do it, the PS5 shouldn't be any different.
PS5 SSD: How Much Storage Space Does It Have?
PS5's SSD is 825GB in size. With the file sizes of games always on the rise, this might not last a very long time. You can find out more information in our guide: PS5 SSD: How Much Storage Space Does It Have?
PS5 SSD: Can You Expand PS5's Storage Space with External Hard Drives?
Firstly, if you already have an external USB hard drive, PS5 will support the use of this hardware. It's worth noting, however, that you'll only be able to play backwards compatible PS4 games off a traditional USB hard drive, as native PS5 software will need to be installed on the PlayStation 5's SSD.
Fortunately, you'll be able to purchase and install additional SSD cards called NVMe drives. You'll need to ensure the one you purchase will work with your PS5, and it could be an expensive option, but it will at least retain the increased speed of the built-in drive. You can find a full list of Best PS5 SSD: Compatible M.2 SSD Storage Expansion for PS5 through the link, as well as how to install it through here: PS5 SSD: How to Install an Internal SSD and Expand Your Storage.
What are your thoughts on the PS5's SSD storage solution? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to refer to our PS5 guide for more information.
But when it's hot, will it sound like a jumbo jet getting ready to take off?
SSD. Don't make as much heat as HHD. Since nothing is spinning in it 😊. So not as warm
"you'll be able to purchase and install additional SSD cards called NVMe drives. "
Did I hear correctly that you need to install these additional cards internly?
@ShaiHulud my understanding after watching the fascinating deep dive was that there is a secondary hd bay so you'll be able to install a 2nd SSD in that when the time comes.
Solid-State Drive? Oh I thought it was something to do with MGS
We need to see it in action really
@LieutenantFatman ''PS4, makes you feel like you're an astronaut''
So they have a slot for a external HD and also a slot to add a SSD hard drive. I think the down side from the external hard drive is that it won't be able to use the power of the configuration of the internal solid state if I heard Mr. Cerny state. This system architecture is setup pretty nice. I am excited about what Sony is doing and that they aren't looking for raw power but more of a balance of power and stability.
Yup, ssd is the most important things for next-gen console I think, it make the console behave more like smartphone, where's everything is instantaneously from games to os and others.
And I mean not only ssd but the console design that support ssd speed, on pc there's little difference between playing games on sata ssd and nvme ssd because windows is not designed for nvme ssd gaming
Honestly, people are/were expecting much more from PS5 B/C with PS4, especially after the patent ''remastering by emulation'' was made public.
Patent mentioned things like better textures/LOD, better draw distances and NPC count on screen in open-world games, HDR, higher resolutions like native 4K and most importantly 60+FPS.
Now we will be able to play them again at PS4/PS4Pro settings, (if these games are lucky enough to be on the top played games list) at shorter loading screens...briliant.
Shame really, PS5 could have been much much more in those regards instead they are doing the same thing like Microsofts Xbox (only they actually have confirmation that older games will get HDR,higher res,raytracing and 60+FPS)...
Really dissapointed, now i almost have no doubts PS5 will likely not be my next console unless they pull of some miracle... and no price and exclusives (that will eventually end up on PC) are not things that will change my mind at this point.
825GB is such a weird number.
Could this be coming to online gamins services?
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@Skuggs23 If I recall that part of the video,Mark Cerny mentioned the internal SSD can be replaced by a 3rd party NVMe M2(?) drive via a plugin slot...but that Sony will need to test which SSD's are compatible when they come to market as they're not currently available,so not buy one now & wait post launch...
It gets confusing re ps4 though...he specifically stated like we can currently,(via psn account login),you can plug your external ps4 HDD & play via USB or optionally install it on the SSD. Great!
But then we got the mish-mash of the "built in legacy mode" thats running those games in ps4/pro mode needing titles to be individually tested & added...and the ps blog saying more titles to be added over time after launch?
So does this mean via firmware updates,devs/publisher updates or testing/certification as if they were "new" games being submitted to the psn store? Not a great look when your opposition says you just bring your library across.
@EVIL-C @stu123 @Robocod external ssd or HHD for you ps4 games. Simple as that you will be able to expand your storage
That’s like Red Dead and GTA 😊 (825GB)
@Ridwaano I'd rather just install a larger amount of storage internally when it runs out.
@EVIL-C it will be expensive. Probably will cost more then the console it self for 2 tb
@Robocod you are right but it he also stated that you don't have to replace it be add to the custom SSD card. But which SSD can can we use is in question and may be expensive but we will see. The expansion HD slot they are saying is in the system is cool who knows until we see the system.
@stu123 storage space is a problem for all systems as of right now. The games are so big now. But from the tech show that Mr. Cerny showed they may have found a way around the issue in regards of install size. Remember the copy part of the install is the biggest and longest part of games on consoles right now. So if they are able to cut back on that with this custom SSD they may be able to cut down in game size but I feel that is a stretch. The tech show or system infrastructure break down was very deep so a lot of things I'm familiar with but the SSD card they have built is every bit as powerful for the system and puts it on par with the Xbox power and speed. This generation will still be based off of games still not shear power of the consoles so we will see.
Hearing alot about ps5 playing backwards compatible ps4 games which I'm assuming will be disc based. Will we be able to play ps4 content we've bought digitally?
@stu123 that would be great but highly unlikely. I feel the games will be equally as large as they are now if not bigger.
is the 825 including the os storage or not because 825 is a very weird number to use
@FierceVinegar same question here... is it 1TB with OS, so free space is 825GB or is it 825GB with OS, so free space is somewhere around 660GB?
That PS5 SSD would load my MacBook Pro in 1 second lol
No load screens is next gen to me!
The OS is not included. Never is.
Always market the amount there is. Not how much there will be after internal patch
Cerney already confirmed this. That the size of game will come down. Since there won't be need to duplicate the same data on a SSD. Because of the speed
@Stormxpython 💯 for sure you will. Since you psn account ain't lock to only ps4. If you use the same account. Then no problem.
Wrong! The type of SSD in the PS5 gets very hot! Most have their own heatsink, many even have their own fan. By your logic, a cpu and a gpu wouldn't run hot either, because they don't have any moving parts.
@EVIL-C There's a couple causes for that figure. First, due to the way file size and format works, you never get a true 1tb, 500gb, w/e. On a typical hdd, you get 931gb in actuality. Then, to lessen the wear on ssds, they hold back a certain % of the drive. This is called overprovisioning. The extra space is then cycled in and out over various sections of the drive to prevent burning out the memory cells.
There's also things like RamDisk which allows you to use a set amount of your ssd as ram.
Its certainly using overprovisioning as modern drives tend to come out of the box w/ about 15% of the drive set aside for it. In some cases you can't lower, but you can increase it.
@EVIL-C It's probably a 1TB SSD but the 175GB that's missing is for system cache and the OS plus space for updates etc
I would much rather play new games on a new console than one I've already finished.
I bought the original PS3 with b/c, I was excited about the backwards compatibility. I tried it once, saw that it worked and never used it again ever.
It's not really a feature worth anything and if you wait a year or so for the games to be available, there is no need to have it at all.
ANY SSD is better than HDD in terms of speed
From the article
(Friction is the enemy of computing. Since mechanical hard drives spin, it makes friction which causes heat to generate inside your system
SSDs work very well inside of laptops because they do not generate as much heat as a mechanical hard drive would.)
I am just saying overall a HDD generates more heats then SSD
And I'm saying it's wrong. I guarantee you Nvme drives such as the one found inside the PS5 gets MUCH hotter than an HDD. I ask again. Have you ever seen an HDD with a heatsink?
Besides, the drive in the picture is a sata SSD. Big difference, as it's a lot slower than an Nvme
Yeah did not notice that there is a different between the SSD and NVMe.. So yeah that makes sense., I was wrong yep!
I think it might have something to do with the insane speed at which data is shuffled around. Reading and writing that much data so fast, and so often. But that's pretty much all I can take away from it. I've just seen the monstrous cooling solutions some of these drives require.
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