News broke today that the upcoming PS5 firmware beta test will introduce one major addition that PlayStation 5 owners have been asking for: the ‘Dead Space’ is now unlocked for M.2 SSD memory expansion!
Sony was true to their word, saying that the M.2 SSD feature would hit this summer, now here we are PS5 owners are able to (expensively) expanding their system’s storage space. There is a rather lengthy list of what to do not/not to do, so this Brah is just a bit worried.
Now a top dev from one of Sony’s biggest 1st party studios took to Twitter to tell the gaming world about their experience testing various SSD’s on the PS5.
Mike Fitzgerald, Director of Core Technology at Insomniac Games, talked about testing Rift Apart using the ‘recommend specs’ and how it’s treating one of SIE’s top studios.
Exciting to see PS5 beta testers getting access to the M.2 SSD feature! I'm sure the public beta will result in plenty of benchmarking across different games and drives, but I'll spoil with some of our results from early testing at Insomniac on Ratchet & Clank: it's looking good.— Mike Fitzgerald (@fitzymj) July 29, 2021
The Gen4 drives we tried that met the recommended specs gave results almost indistinguishable from the internal SSD. The rest of the I/O path still in use (hardware Kraken decompression, etc.) is definitely pulling its weight in delivering the crazy loading moments in Rift Apart.— Mike Fitzgerald (@fitzymj) July 29, 2021
He does warn that using less than ‘recommended spec’ SSD’s can cause an impact on the overall performance of the game, so buyer beware.
We tried some below-spec Gen4 M.2 drives as well and saw up to 15% slower loading in the most SSD-stressing areas of the game. Not too shabby, but keep a close eye on technical specs if you’re making an SSD purchase, as our game does rely on high-quality storage. 🙏— Mike Fitzgerald (@fitzymj) July 29, 2021
Are you waiting for more results before jumping in? If I didn’t share my PS5 with my oldest child at times, my SSD space wouldn’t be too bad off. I’m going to hopefully wait until prices drop later on.
Are you part of the PS5 firmware beta testing? Let us know your experience in the comments below.
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