PS5 doesn't let you store games on a external HDD... yet

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Sony doesn’t let players store their PS5 games on an external hard drive during the console’s launch period, but at least that is set to change in the future.  

With storage space on the next-gen PS5 being a costly commodity – especially considering the fact that expandable storage isn’t ready for launch – many fans were hoping to store games on an external hard drive and move them onto the console when they want to play them.

Unfortunately,  games cannot be moved onto a hard drive at the time of writing. With expandable SSDs also not available at launch,  players will only have 667GB of usable PS5 storage for PS5 games.

Thankfully,  PlayStation 4 games running through backward compatibility are currently available to play from an external hard drive.  If any of those games get a PS5 enhancement,  they’ll need to be played from an internal SSD.

External hard drive support is currently a planned feature for the future.  A PlayStation FAQ revealed that the they’re currently looking into allowing players to store PS5 games on an external hard drive.

“Explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway,” reads the blog post.

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