We are but days away from the launch of the next-gen Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles and some users are realizing that they may not have enough room on their new consoles. Even worse, one console won’t have access to the SSD slot on day one, which means users will have to play a game of “Tetris” if they plan on digitally purchasing next-gen games on day 1. There may be some Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5 storage issues depending on what model you choose.
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are no slouches when it comes to storage capacity compared to systems of old. The Xbox Series X comes stocked with a 1 TB internal drive while the PlayStation 5 comes with an 825 GB drive. Users will quickly find that they won’t have access to all that space as the operating system will use approximately 20% of the overall drive. The Xbox Series S, however, comes with a 500 GB drive and is reported to have approximately 364 GB available for games, which is incredibly small for an all-digital console. Are digital consoles really worth it with storage issues like this?
If potential storage issues worry you, there is good, bad news, and really bad news. The good: if you are currently using an external drive for your current-gen games, then you can plug that bad boy into your new console next week and game on. The bad: If you are running out of space and want to play next-gen only games, then you will have to install the games on the internal drive or the expansion drive bay that supports the same internal transfer speeds. The really bad news: While the Seagate Storage Expansion Card will be available on day one for the Xbox Series X|S, the expansion slot for the PlayStation 5, which will support M.2 type SSDs will be disabled at launch, as confirmed by The Verge. Of course, there is no need to panic as this is only temporary, and will be enabled with a patch when PlayStation 5 compatible drives are available.
While there is no need to panic right now, these storage issues can be a cause of concern for many as more and more games are acquired via download, rather than purchased on physical media at retail stores. Also, keep in mind that even games bought on physical media need to be installed on the console’s storage, just like a PC game. Given the fact that many of these installs can run anywhere from 30 GB – 80 GB, and the latest Call of Duty title is said to be in excess of 133 GB according to The Verge, gamers may be hard-pressed to find space to house their next-gen games.