A new leak confirms that the storage space available on the PlayStation 5 is much smaller than expected, a problem given recent video game trends.
With just days to go ahead of the PlayStation 5’s launch, the final details about its specs are slowly being revealed. While players are excited about faster loading times and better graphics, one aspect of the PS5 is causing some disappointment: its available storage space is much smaller than originally predicted.
The new PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12th in the US, Canada, and several other countries, with more countries launching the console on November 19th. PS5 preorders quickly sold out after a chaotic and somewhat disastrous process. Sony has since announced that the PS5 will only be available through online orders through at least the end of 2020 (though customers can still arrange for in-store pickup through certain retailers). Sony has kept a tight lid on reviews of the PS5, limiting journalists to commenting on the physical aspects of the console, rather than the software.
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A new leak from Okami13_ has confirmed that although the official Sony specs promised 825GB of storage on the SSD card, the actual available space is only 667 GB. That’s over 150GB less than Sony originally told consumers. In an age where game file sizes seem to only be increasing, losing 150GB of space is a harsh blow. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, for instance, will require 50GB of space; the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will require a massive 133 GB. That missing 150 GB will result in players losing room for 1-3 games, meaning they will need to either invest in extra storage sooner, or be prepared to have fewer games installed.
How Does PS5 Storage Size Compare to Xbox Series X?
In a year where many people are making the choice between a PS5 and an Xbox Series X, this smaller storage space is another blow against the Sony console. The Xbox Series X will have 802 GB of storage available, giving it a significant edge over the PS5 in terms of space. The Xbox Series X has already been impressing reviewers with its ease of use and Quick Resume feature. The extra storage space is giving gamers another reason to choose the Xbox Series X over the PS5.
Regardless of which console players choose, it’s looking like they’ll have a difficult time getting their hands on one if they haven’t ordered one already. Xbox head Phil Spencer has already warned of Xbox Series X shortages this holiday season, and it’s likely that the PlayStation 5 will suffer similar demand issues. Thankfully, most games coming out in the days ahead will also have PS4 and Xbox One releases, so those who aren’t able to get a next-gen console will still be able to play the newest games this holiday season.
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