PS5 games and save data locked to internal storage

It’s been discovered that PS5 games and save files cannot be transferred off the console and onto an external hard drive.

The PlayStation 5 already looks to have storage issues, with there being no option to expand said storage once it launches.

Now it has been discovered that there’s no option to back-up save files except through PlayStation Plus.

Reported on by Polygon, the console’s Saved Data menu lacks any option to transfer saved data to an external hard drive or even a USB drive.

All that you can do is either upload save files to cloud storage (which is only an option for PlayStation Plus subscribers) or to delete them. It also doesn’t allow you to transfer PlayStation 5 games themselves to an external drive.

This is especially jarring when there is an option to transfer PlayStation 4 games and save data on and off the console using a USB.

This could become a problem very quickly as some games are already set to take up quite a lot of space.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, for example, will require a massive 133GB. As a reminder, the PlayStation 5 only has 667GB available.

Under different circumstances, once you ran out of internal storage, you could copy a game and its save data to an external hard drive and then delete the originals to make room for a new game, without losing your game and progress forever.

Here, though, users will either be forced to pay for PlayStation Plus or limit the amount of games they own, as PS Plus is only possible with an Internet connection.

It’s possible this is something Sony intends on changing in a future update, but the company has yet to comment on it.

The PlayStation 5 will release in the UK on November 19, and on November 12 outside of Europe.

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