How much storage does the PS5 have?

PS5
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How much storage does the PS5 have, and how big is the PS5 hard drive when it comes to pure memory? The PS5 utilises an SSD drive for better and worse - it's a faster, more powerful drive than the standard HDD, but it's more expensive for the same amount of space. And on top of that, while it technically boasts a respectable  825GB of storage, game files are getting bigger and some of that space has to be taken up with the operating system - so it might be less than you'd think. Either way, it means that the 825GB number touted isn't the full picture of the available PS5 storage space. So here's everything you need to know about how much storage the PS5 has.

How much storage does PS5 have?

PS5 Storage Space

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Although the PS5 storage is advertised as having an 825GB SSD drive, that doesn't directly translate into usable space. To start with, due to a quirk of how hard drive space is measured that 825GB size refers to 825,000,000,000 bytes, and as there's actually 1,024 bytes in 1KB etc all the way up this means there's only 768GB of storage space initially. Take away some more space to cover the essential operating system and you're left with 667.2GB of usable PS5 storage space, to cover your games and apps, media gallery, saved data, and other system data for your games and apps.

However, while that might not sound like much if you've come off the back of a 1TB PS4, let's gather up a few games that show off the PlayStation 5 and see how many games you can fit on the PS5 hard drive (bearing in mind this may not take into account future update sizes):

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla - 41.79GB
  • Astro's Playroom - 10.34GB
  • Borderlands 3 - 49.64GB
  • Bugsnax - 8.19GB
  • Call of Duty Vanguard - 61.01GB
  • Demon's Souls - 52.09GB
  • Warzone 94.67GB
  • Fortnite - 42.66GB
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - 52.56GB
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure - 30.44GB
  • Watch Dogs Legion - 35.73GB
  • Far Cry 6 - 90 GB

TOTAL: 569.12

You can see how much PS5 storage space you have available by going through Settings > Storage > Console Storage, and by selecting Games and Apps you can see how much space individual games are taking up. If you need to free up more storage then your Media Gallery is a good place to start, especially as the PS5 is initially set up to record a video every time you earn a trophy – you can turn this feature off by going through Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Trophies > Save Trophy Videos.

Ideally you should also be storing any PS4 games you're using on an external HDD, to free up space on your PS5 internal SSD for the games that need it. If you don't have one already, then check out our recommendations for the best PS5 external hard drive to maximize the amount of PS5 storage space available. We've got you covered for a storage speed boost too with a PS5 SSD guide. 

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Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has almost 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.