The download size of games grows with each generation of consoles. With the PS5 storage confirmed at 825GB SSD, we wondered how much space the PS5 grid would take, not to mention Sony’s extensive lineup of future PS5 games.
Now Sony has started displaying some game install sizes on its digital storefront. Based on the memory required for two of its startup titles, it turns out that your drive may fill up faster than you’d like.
On the pre-order page for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition, the disclaimer below warns that a minimum of 105GB is required. Much of this space is used by DLC, as the base game̵
The pre-order page of Demon’s Souls contains at least “66 GB” for comparison. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was only designed for a next-generation console and is going to be bigger than Miles Morales, though it doesn’t have to render an urban open world like New York City.
We don’t currently have any other confirmed PS5 install sizes. But with these two games in particular, you occupy at least 20% of your basic SSD storage space. Probably more, as some of that space is undoubtedly taken up by the Sony operating system.
For comparison, we recently learned that nearly 200GB of the Xbox Series X 1TB SSD is occupied by critical software. If the PS5 loses a comparable amount of storage space as pre-installs, Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls would take up more than a quarter of the total storage space.
Expandable storage and PS4 port sizes
We found another piece of game installation data: On the pre-order page for PS4 Miles Morales, the installation size is stated as “at least 52 GB” – only slightly larger than the next generation. Additional work may have been required to make the game work on an older console.
This refers to how big PS4 titles will be when ported to the PS5. Playstation Plus owners get access to 18 games at launch. Assuming they’re roughly the same size on the PS5, we’ve added up and at least gotten all of the currently estimated memory sizes 700 GBwith an average of about 40 GB each.
We can assume that the download sizes will be comparable as these are ports rather than remakes and they mainly benefit from the PS5’s faster load times. Plus, you can save these on your old PS4 hard drives to save space.
But for something like Grand Theft Auto 5: Enhanced Edition, it’s far less certain how big it will be. GTA 5 was 17 GB on the PS3 and 70 GB on the PS4; With further improvements for the third iteration, we can only guess how big it will get this round.
All of this leads to an obvious conclusion: PS5 owners who want more than a dozen games on their console, especially next-gen games, will want to invest in expandable storage.
While you can use a hard drive for old games, newer titles require an NVMe PC drive that uses a PCIe 4.0 interface and has a transfer speed of at least 5.5 GB / s. However, there doesn’t seem to be any of these on the market right now.
For now, all you need to do is keep a close eye on your PS5 SSD storage space.