If you don’t know by now, users cannot store unplayed PS5 games on an external HDD or SSD. We all thought it possible that when the internal SSD on the console fills up users could copy unplayed games to an external HDD for safekeeping. When they wanted to play the game, they would simply copy it back to the PS5 SSD. This system works for the Xbox Series X and S, for example. However, Sony confirmed in a recent FAQ that it is not possible but they claim to be working on a solution.
The company recently posted a lengthy article with dozens of questions regarding not only the PlayStation 5 console but also the accessories. There’s an entire section that covers storage on the device including managing your SSD and installing games. The one statement reads;
Can I store or play PS5 games from a USB drive?
No, players cannot transfer PS5 games to a USB drive. PS5 games must be stored on the console’s internal ultra-high-speed SSD for gameplay. Explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway. You can, however, store and play PS4 games from a compatible USB drive connected to PS5. For more details, keep reading.
Sony also touched on the expandable SSD storage solution using the built-in M.2 SSD slot. The company urges users to not go out and purchase an expandable drive until they share the recommended drives for the console. In addition, they claim they will activate the slot in an upcoming system update after launch.
Until Sony makes a plan and releases an update which allows PS5 games to be stored on an external HDD or SSD storage device, users are going to have a rough time juggling the limited space on the console. At launch without anything installed on the SSD, the PS5 has 667GB of free storage. All PlayStation 5 games and any PS4 games which receive an enhancement patch will stay on that SSD and cannot be moved.