M.2 SSDs & 3D Audio Coming To PS5

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

A recent beta for the next PS5 firmware update has revealed the console is getting a bit of an overhaul system-wise.

First up they’re now finally switching on the internal M.2 SSD slot to allow for storage expansion and games to be played directly from a drive of your choosing.

To use that slot you need an M.2 SSD drive with a capacity of between 250Gb-4Tb, a PCiE of Gen4 or later, and a read speed of 5,500Mbps or greater which suggests drives like Samsung 980 Pro, WD Black SN850 or Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus should be compatible.

They also advise you to have one with a heatsink either already attached or which you attach yourself.

3D Audio is now being added for built-in TV speakers and you’re able to use your DualSense controller to measure the room’s acoustics and help calibrate it.

The interface now also offers clearer delineation as to the version (ie. PS5 or PS4) of a game you have installed. They’ve also overhauled the Control Center to allow for more personalization options, Game Base gets more functionality, and they’ve added video quality options for the PlayStation Now service.

The upgrades come as it has been announced that Sony has sold through ten million PS5 consoles since launch in November – making it the fastest-selling console in the company’s history.

They also confirmed “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” has sold 6.5 million copies since launch, and the more recent “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” has sold over 1.1 million copies after just one month in release.

Source: The Verge

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