How to optimize your disk space on PS5? Our tips

How to optimize your disk space on PS5? Our tips

If you are one of the lucky first PlayStation 5 players , or are waiting for your pre-order to be available, you may be somewhat worried about the problem with its disk space. Unlike the PlayStation 4 and its interchangeable hard drives, often equipped with 1TB storage, Sony's new machine is distinguished by the presence of 825GB SSD storage "only", and does not offer to store them. PS5 games on external USB media. In order to better manage this thorny issue, we explain on this page how to best optimize your storage space.

Two details, and not the least, have caused a stir in recent weeks on the side of the PlayStation 5 and its famous SSD: first the latter leaves only 667 GB of space allocated to the user of the console, but in addition, it will not be possible to use external storage for PS5 games . However, with increasingly heavy games (and their additional content), this capacity very quickly becomes limited… and there is not really a miracle solution to improve this situation. However, here are some tips on how to best manage it.


If you have a fiber connection, take advantage of the speed of downloading and installing games on PS5 to remove them from your disk space as soon as you no longer need them. It may seem obvious, but on a console that can only store a dozen large games of about fifty GB each (and without their DLC), it is better to avoid overloading it and leaving space. Just by installing (for example) Demon's Souls , Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure , you'll have already filled a quarter of the disk space.Of course, it will probably take several weeks (or even months) to saturate said space, but over time, it will have to be quickly optimized. Stroke u


Since PS5 games cannot be stored (at the moment?) Other than in the console, we invite you to use an external hard drive if you want to play PS4 games on your PS5, unless of course you want to benefit changes in loading times. You can connect a very large capacity hard drive to your PS5 (we experimented with this with a 2TB external hard drive filled with PS4 games) without worry and copy PS4 apps back and forth (from or to the PS5). last) smoothly.


The space required for each PS5 game is high and like on PS4, the console may require more than the space indicated on the back of the game jacket (for example, 66 GB for Demon's Souls). To optimize space to the nearest GB, remember to regularly make copies of your game saves (which weigh from a few dozen to a few hundred MB, or quickly a few GB once accumulated!), Or on the cloud if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, or on a USB key. Once safe, delete the ones you no longer need from the hard drive: potentially freeing up a few GB will be anything but a bad idea on PS5!


  • Regularly clean up your video captures if you capture any: it takes up space, even a lot of space, the Go goes up very quickly. Do not hesitate to delete them if they are no longer useful or to transfer them to a USB key;
  • Disable the function which automatically records a video for each unlocked trophy : you could miss the existence of this function which will undoubtedly be of little use to you, but which will quickly and unnecessarily fill your storage space if you accumulate the trophies!
  • As a last resort, as it might still be impractical, turn off automatic downloads and automatic updates which may cause surprises in terms of storage usage.

In general, stay really vigilant about the free storage space of your console: we would tend to suggest that you keep more or less constantly 100 GB of free space, as well to avoid saturating the SSD. but also to make sure you can install any new game you have just purchased.

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