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All-Digital PS5 SSD Meets Its Nemesis: Next-Gen Launch Games

Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:31 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:31 PM
  • Sony has released details install size requirements for several PS5 launch games.
  • Spider-Man: Miles requires up to 105 GB, while Demon’s Souls asks for 66 GB.
  • The PS5’s ultra-fast SSD features 825 GB total of storage space.

After last week’s flurry of PS5 news, Sony has offered an early indication of the file sizes set to define first-party next-gen games.

If they are any measure of what players can expect moving forward into the next-gen, then the console’s 825 GB will fill up rather quickly.

According to newly-up updated listings on the official PlayStation website, the first confirmed PS5 launch title, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, necessitates 50 GB minimum .

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition needs a chunky 105 GB minimum. | Source: PlayStation/Sony Interactive Entertainment

The souped-up Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition pushes the GB count to 105 minimum , though it does pack in a remastered copy of PS4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Bluepoint Games ground-up remake of Demon’s Souls on PS5 requires a minimum of 66 GB of SSD space to install .

Combined, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls command roughly a fifth of the PS5 total storage, factoring in day-one patches and updates, that requirement will surely increase come launch day.

PS5 Games Sizes Likely to Balloon Further

With all the promise of improved visual fidelity, higher resolutions, and the SSD’s capacity to handle more assets than any previous PS5 console, install size are likely to balloon even further.

Of course, it’s a far shout from the obnoxiously large file sizes from the likes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which passed the 200 GB mark earlier this year.

Nevertheless, there’s a sense the 825GB allocated by Sony is starting to feel like a tight fit, and this will be even more pronounced when the PS5 games start rolling out at a steadier pace.

PS5 will offer players ‘finer-grained’ control over how they install games. | Source: PlayStation/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Fortunately, they may be ways to mitigate this. The PS5 grants players a degree of control over what specific parts of a game they install  – say only the single-player component, or the multiplayer mode – to save space. We’ve yet to see this in action, though, and as such, it’s currently impossible to gauge the feature’s potential for managing precious SSD real estate.

As for the third-party plug-in SSD expansion option Sony announced during Mark Cerny’s PS5 technical deep dive  way back in March, this will likely come at a hefty premium, at least initially, based on the rumored $200 price tag of rival Microsoft’s Xbox Series X expansion card.