The stage is set. PlayStation and Xbox have made their moves, and it is only a matter of time before the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X and S are available. The next generation of console gaming is about to kick-off in spectacular fashion and this is an exciting time for fans all over the world. But while fans may be concerned about the next-gen pricing for the consoles and games, there is one factor they are completely missing out on. Case in point: Storage on the next-gen consoles.
Storage is one of the most important factors in any gaming platform, let alone consoles. The SSD/HDD plays an important role in determining the speed of the rig, the loading times of the games, the number of games that one can store, etc. But considering all of this is common knowledge, what exactly is going to be different in the next generation of consoles with regards to storage? The answer will not sit well with your wallet.
The price of additional storage in the next-gen consoles will be one of the most spoken about features as the launch date nears. This is because these consoles make a generational leap in terms of storage tech, to acquire more of which, will burn a sizeable hole in your pocket. Let’s take a look at both Xbox and PlayStation case-by-case to understand how this will work.
Additional storage will become a necessity for next-gen gaming
Although, before diving into the intricacies of the case, it is important to know the reason why people will want to get additional storage in the first place. While there may be several other factors influencing this, one of the most prominent factors is the size of the next-gen games. The PS5 and Xbox Series X and S boast amazing graphics performance. This allows developers to make games a little heavy on the graphics, eventually increasing the overall size of the game.
Take Call of Duty: Warzone for example. Even though the game belongs to the previous generation, it is more than 200GB in size. Even though every game may not be as heavy as this one, it still puts a lot into perspective. As the games get more complex, detailed, and heavy on graphics, its overall size will increase. This is where the additional storage required for the consoles comes into the picture.
Xbox Series X and S’s expandable storage costs almost as much as the Series S itself
To start off, let’s take the Xbox Series X and S into consideration. The Series X has a 1TB SSD whereas the Series S only has a 512 GB SSD. Both of them use the Xbox Velocity Architecture that allows lightning-fast load times and smoother transition between apps. Interestingly, both these consoles come with a plug-n-play expandable storage slot.
For this, Microsoft has designed an expandable storage drive, in collaboration with Seagate to make life easier for everyone. But, this 1 TB expandable drive is priced at $219.99 apiece. Considering the Xbox series S console costs $299, it seems a little too much. Moreover, there is no third-party option available as an alternative to this which makes it a little more problematic. Even though Xbox recently announced that external USB 3.1 drives will be compatible with the console, you will still have to store the next-gen games on the internal SSD to play them.
PS5’s 825GB SSD is already insufficient
Sony’s case, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. This is mainly because fans know that the PS5 does have an expandable storage option but in the form of an internal NVMe drive. The console’s IO doesn’t show any external slot for the same as its Xbox counterpart, so the console will probably have to be opened up to install it. This is the first major problem on Sony’s part as there is no plug-n-play option.
The PS5 uses a custom SSD that is much faster even than any other NVMe drive in the market. This means that the third-party drives will be much slower when installed on the PS5. Additionally, they may or may not let players take full advantage of the console’s features. If you think these PCI 4.0 NVMe drives are cheap, think again. These drives range from $169 to $200 and above for 1 TB of space. Considering the PS5 only has 825 GB of internal storage, these will definitely become a necessity for PS5 users.
Taking into consideration that the next-gen game updates are going to be even bigger in size, players will run out of storage space soon. They will have no option but to get additional storage as they will want to play many different games. Xbox may have a way around it with its Game Pass Ultimate service. This will allow players to play the games on their Android and iOS devices via the xCloud. But, this won’t let them have the console experience then.
As mentioned earlier, this will be a major talking point in the future as games with larger sizes become available. So if you were already saving up to buy your favorite games at launch, you might want to start saving up for additional storage as well.