The launch of the next-gen PlayStation 5 is nearly upon us. If you’re lucky enough to be in a region included in the first batch of releases, good for you! Second batch, not too bad! If you’re on this side of the world, well, we’ve yet to hear from official sources but we hope to get some news sooner or later.
That being the case, there’s been quite a lot of information about the PlayStation 5 already as shown by the dozens of reviews from various media outfits. What do we know so far?
- Unboxing? Check.
- Backwards Compatibility? Check.
- UI? Check.
- PS4 Accessories that will work with PS5? Check.
- PS5 Game Upgrades. Check.
- PS4 Games that won’t work on a PS5? Check.
- What’s inside the console? Check.
There’s a lot more information out there, so Sony decided to put all of it in this humongous FAQ that literally answers almost every question you have about the PS5, from DualSense controller questions to anything else in between.
There are quite a few tidbits in that FAQ that caught our eye, specifically because we probably missed it sometime ago, or that it was only confirmed only now. Check them out below:
Does the DualSense wireless controller come in black (or any other color)?
In the future, other colors will become available. But there are no announcements to share at this time.
Does PS5 improve my ability to download and store games?
Similar to PS4, PS5 games can offer a feature called “Preferred Install” that allows players to choose which part of a game to install first. This can allow a player to prioritize access to a particular mode or feature. An example could be prioritizing the installation of the single-player or multiplayer component of a game.
In supported PS5 games, players can also choose to remove specific modes or content they no longer want in order to free up storage space. Developers will ultimately determine the level of support offered for these features, but the goal is to maximize storage flexibility.
Downloading and applying game software updates on PS5 should work more quickly than on the PS4 console in general, as the data size of updates and patches is managed more effectively.
Additionally, a feature on the updated PlayStation App for mobile devices will allow players to remotely manage their PS5’s storage if they run out of space when queuing a game to download to their console via the app.
Can I store or play PS5 games from a USB drive?
No, players cannot transfer PS5 games to a USB drive. PS5 games must be stored on the console’s internal ultra-high speed SSD for gameplay. Explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway.
You can, however, store and play PS4 games from a compatible USB drive connected to PS5.
Can I expand PS5’s ultra-high speed SSD storage?
PS5 features an expansion port that will, in the future, enable players to add M.2 SSD storage to be used for installing and playing PS5 games.
This M.2 SSD storage upgrade functionality will come to PS5 after launch as part of a system software update. We’ll share more details in the future, including around which type of M.2 SSD storage drive will be compatible with PS5.
On day one, you’ll be able to connect a compatible USB drive and use it to store and play your PS4 games. You’ll be able to play PS4 games while they remain stored on the external device. PS5 games need to reside on PS5’s internal SSD before play.
Can I play PS4 games from a USB drive?
Yes. Storing PS4 games and playing them off a USB drive is a great way to access PS4 games on PS5 and enable easy access to PS4 games without needing to use any of PS5’s internal storage. We recommend doing this to save space on the internal console storage for PS5 games, which can’t be played off an extended storage drive.
Players can also set a system preference on PS5 that will, by default, install all PS4 games (including digital purchases from PlayStation Store, and game data from Blu-ray discs) and future game patches directly to a connected USB drive.
Note: Not all USB drives will work with PS5. An extended storage drive can’t be used through a USB hub, and two or more extended storage drives can’t be connected to PS5 at the same time.
Is there a particular type of USB drive I should use for storing PS4 games for play on my PS5?
Use a SuperSpeed USB or faster (USB 3.0 or later) storage drive with 250 GB minimum and 8 TB maximum capacity, formatted for exFAT (note: PS5 can format a connected compatible USB drive for exFAT). Devices with a faster specification may result in shorter load times for PS4 games stored on the drive.
Will PS5’s UI support folders or themes at launch?
No, PS5 will not support folders or themes at launch.
Will PS5 require a 4K TV? What resolutions are supported?
No, PS5 does not require a 4K TV. Supported resolutions are 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 2160p. PS5 can output resolutions up to 2160p (4K UHD) when connected to a 4K display.
PS5 is compatible with 8K displays at launch, and after a future system software update will be able to output resolutions up to 8K when content is available, with supported software.
That’s great and all, but we’re most excited for those new DualSense controller colors! That’s fantastic news and while we do know that it was coming eventually, it’s cool for Sony to finally confirm it, and it is only a matter of time until we also actually get themed or limited edition console designs as well.