The first details about the PlayStation 5 game’s file size suggest that the console’s flagship launch titles could make up a significant portion of the console’s 825GB SSD.
As announced on the updated PlayStation website, the first-party launch title Demon’s Souls requires a minimum of 66GB of SSD space, while Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales requires 50GB.
The Ultimate Edition by Miles Morales, which contains a PS5 remaster of Insomniac’s Spider-Man game 2018, requires a whopping 105 GB of storage space.
The numbers suggest that for those who buy the Ultimate Launch Edition from Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls at launch, 171GB – or 20 percent – of the PlayStation 5’s SSD space will be occupied by the two packages.
And owners of the more expensive disc drive version of the PS5 probably don’t have much of an advantage over those of the Digital Edition console: just like PS4, disc versions of PS5 games have to transfer their data to the console, this time until they take advantage of the considerable speed the SSD of the PlayStation 5 (5.5 GB / s RAW).
However, according to Sony, PS5 gives gamers more flexibility in managing their storage on the console. Users can configure installations and install only one game’s multiplayer campaign or delete the single player campaign upon completion.
PS5 owners can also expand their internal storage with Sony-certified standard SSDs. However, drives with the enormous bandwidth of PS5 are likely to be expensive in the short term.
Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadbetter explains, “At least in the short term, the advice is simple: don’t buy an NVMe drive without Sony validation if you want to use it in PlayStation 5. Also, keep in mind that having extreme bandwidth PCIe 4.0 NVMe drives is likely to be very expensive – at least in the short term.
“After all, that’s cutting-edge technology. Of course, the outlook should improve significantly over the next generation – and prices tend to drop significantly over time. “
PlayStation president Jim Ryan said the platform owner is doing “our best” to predict demand for the Digital Edition console for PS5 after reports of reported low availability for pre-orders.
Retailers around the world opened pre-orders for the two PlayStation 5 models this week. The Standard Edition is $ 100 / £ 90 more than the Digital Edition ($ 400 / £ 360), which has the same hardware specifications but does not include a drive.
Jim Ryan was asked to comment on the availability of the PS5 Digital Edition on the Japanese AV Watch website (translated by VGC). He didn’t comment on the ratio of digital to standard consoles, but said Sony will monitor demand and adjust production accordingly.
“We cannot disclose the relationship between the Digital Edition and the drive model at the moment,” he said. “We cannot give specific information on numbers, but we can say that we plan to produce the required number of units to meet the demand for this type of model.”
He added, “However, we have never made two different console models at the same time. Hence, it is very difficult to determine the correct number and ratio. We do our best to predict demand. “