PS5 Games Can’t be Installed on External USB Drives

Want to save space by moving PS5 games to an external HDD? There’s bad news.

Posted By | On 06th, Nov. 2020 Under News


The PS5’s storage expansion solution has been interesting to follow. While it will support external SSD solutions, these won’t be available at launch. That’s fine as long as you can store them on regular USB drives like HDDs and memory sticks, right? Well, you can’t according to GameSpot.

It was expected that games needed to be installed on the SSD to run them. But given the amount of free storage space available (about 664 GB), it was expected that storing games on external drives would be possible. The Xbox Series X/S support this along with SSD storage expansion.

Keep in mind that PS4 titles which are backwards compatible on the PS5 can be stored and played from an external drive. You even have the option to always install PS4 titles to extended storage on the PS5 but you can’t decide which game gets downloaded where. Any rearrangement and shuffling has to be done afterwards.

The PS5 is out on November 12th and other details have already emerged regarding its lack of folder support. Stay tuned for more in the coming days.

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