Maximize Your PS5 Storage: Essential Tips for Gamers

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Increasing the storage space of your PS5 is essential if you like to play a lot of games, especially since game files are larger than ever. It’s also important if you want to save videos or screenshots. Fortunately, there are options available to you. Keep reading while we take a look at them.

Internal SSD Upgrade

The first and better option is to upgrade your Playstation’s internal SSD memory. Ensure the SSD is PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe with a minimum sequential read speed of 5,500 MB/s. It should have between 250 GB and 4 TB of storage and include a heatsink for cooling. You do have to open the PlayStation to install the memory, but it’s fairly easy and primarily involves a few screws. This memory is fast and part of the system, so it’s always available when you need it.


If you want to store game files, save files, images, and video in a way that you can transport them to multiple systems, a USB drive is the best option. Using a USB drive also means you don’t need to open up the system. It will need to be USB 3.0 or better, but it can be HDD or SSD, and you may need to format it for use with the PlayStation 5 when you insert it.

Transfer Games

Go to Settings > Storage

Select the game you want to move, then choose to move it to either extended storage or the internal SSD

Tips for Managing Storage

  • To free up space, regularly delete games, apps, or media that you no longer need. It’s easy to take a screenshot or video by mistake, and it can really take up a lot of memory over time.
  • Remember that you can always re-download digital purchases from your library, as well as delete and re-download games as needed.
  • Store PS4 games on an external USB drive to free up the internal SSD space for PS5 games, which require faster loading speeds.
  • Make use of PlayStation Plus cloud storage to save game progress and other data off of your system.
  • If you no longer use specific add-ons or downloadable content (DLC) for a game, consider uninstalling them to free up space.

Frequently Asked Question

Can I play PS5 games directly from an external USB drive?

Unfortunately, PS5 games need to load too quickly for use with an external drive, so you will need to transfer the file to your internal drive before you can play. However, we can play many PS4 games directly from the USB.

What happens if my PS5 storage is full?

If your PS5 storage is full, you won’t be able to download or install new games or updates. You’ll need to free up space by deleting games or content or by adding additional storage.

Can I delete and reinstall digital games without losing progress?

Yes, your save file is saved separately from the game, so you can delete the game for now, reinstall it later, and continue as long as he didn’t delete the save file.

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