Sony has officially announced M.2 SSD support for the PlayStation 5.

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Support for 3D audio via TV speakers is also included in the update, as well as additional upgrades to improve the user experience.

Relax if you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to expand the storage on your PlayStation 5. You can do it right now. The most recent system software update adds much-anticipated M.2 SSD compatibility as well as a number of additional quality-of-life enhancements.

Support for M.2 SSDs was one of the things we projected Sony will include in its next major PS5 system firmware upgrade in June. When the console giant gave the upgrade to beta testers the following month, that guess was confirmed.

On Wednesday, Sony officially released the update to all users. Fully updated PlayStation 5s will now accept compatible M.2 SSDs for expanded storage that is just as fast as Sony’s proprietary drive. Installing a new SSD is relatively straightforward as a 30-second video posted to PlayStation’s YouTube channel this morning shows. Sony also updated its support site with a more in-depth how-to video.

As to what makes for a compatible PS5 SSD, Sony listed the requirements (above) on a how-to support page. If that’s a bit too much to understand, CNET compiled a shortlist of SSDs that it confirmed will work. The list includes:

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High-speed SSD support is not all that the latest PS5 hardware provides.

Users will now be able to customize the Control Center UI. Previously, the interface was static with a set number of options. Now, users can hide Control Center items they never use and rearrange them to their preference. Other aspects of the UI have been enhanced, including Game Base, Game Library, and Home Screen.

Sony has updated the PlayStation Now app to allow gamers to select between 1080p and 720p resolutions when playing certain titles. It now includes a connection test to help troubleshoot streaming issues.

The update also adds 3D audio support to built-in TV speakers. Previously, spatial audio on the PS5 required a Pulse 3D or other compatible headset. Users who like to play games without headphones can now enjoy 3D audio from their television. It also contains optimisation to provide the greatest possible experience.

“Players can measure the acoustics of their room using the microphone on their DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that’s optimized for their room,” said the release notes.

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There are several more features included in the update as well. For full details, check out the PlayStation blog post covering them or watch Sony’s video recap (above) for a brief rundown.


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