25 Sep 2020 5:22 PM +00:00

PS5 design could feature expandable SSD cartridges

A patent filed in Brazil by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the upcoming PlayStation 5 will use SSD cartridges in some form or another.

This has led some gamers to believe that Sony will be making its own swappable SSD cartridges in a bid to make more money from sales.

This means that if you want to upgrade your storage capacity, you’ll just need to slot a new cartridge into your PS5

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Throwback to the glory days of the PlayStation 2 and their replaceable memory cards.

Either that or Sony are planning some form of return to small-capacity memory cards that released for the original PlayStation in 1994, and the Playstation 2 in 2000.

Storage drives you can replace even more easily than the HDDs in the PS4 - that sounds like something we can buy into. It makes sense. 

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LetsGoDigital has created 3D renders of the cartridge based on the patent, so check them out below.

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The storage market is absolutely massive, and with the PS4 allowing you to upgrade the capacity using internal and external drives, it should come as no surprise that Sony wants a slice of the pie.

Furthermore, rather than licence branding to Western Digital or Seagate, Sony could create its own SSD cartridges and generate even more money.

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It should be noted that this is just a patent and Sony may never include cartridges in its future consoles. Many companies often file patents that never go through development.

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Mark Cerny officially announcing the PS5 earlier in 2019

Sony's own Mark Cerny has already confirmed that the PS5 will come with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive.

Considering that the Blu-ray drive supports discs of up to 100GB, it would be strange to add another cartridge slot for games. 

Expect updates as we receive new information.

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