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PlayStation 5 Pro: super-fast PCIe 4.0 SSD, but PS5 has regular SSD?

Could the normal PS5 not have an SSD, while the more expensive PS5 Pro have a super-fast SSD?

By Anthony Garreffa on Oct 8, 2019 08:37 pm CDT - 1 min, 35 secs reading time

We have already heard rumors of Sony launching two next-gen PS5 consoles in 2020: the regular PlayStation 5 which will be joined by the PlayStation 5 Pro... but what would the big difference between them be?

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According to the latest from LetsGoDigital and their new PlayStation 5 renders, which we covered here, the regular PS5 might not have a super-fast SSD. The higher-end PlayStation 5 Pro console would have the super-fast PCIe 4.0-based SSD while the regular PS5 will have, well, we don't know yet.

I doubt Sony would use a regular HDD so they could use a normal 2.5-inch SSD in the regular PS5 that maxes out at 500-550MB/sec, leaving the worlds of 4GB/sec+ speeds to the higher-end PS5 Pro.

Sony won't be releasing the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro consoles without profits in mind, but if they were to segment and separate their consoles between super-fast storage offerings it would be a really bad move. Maybe the regular PS5 will have a much smaller SSD (256-512GB) while the higher-end PS5 Pro might have a larger 1-2TB PCIe 4.0-based SSD.

Although, considering PlayStation architect Mark Cerny has said that the super-fast SSD in the next-gen PlayStation 5 is 'the key'... it makes it hard for me to believe Sony wouldn't have PCIe 4.0-based SSDs in both the PS5 and PS5 Pro. Capacities could be the key thing here.

We'll have to wait and see, I guess.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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