After the operating system takes up the space it needs, you’ll have far less than the rated 825GB SSD suggests.
The PlayStation 5 launches in just over a week on November 12, but Sony still hasn’t concretely stated just how much of the SSD will be available for you to install games on. We have confirmed that it’s going to be just over 650GB.
The PS5 ships with a custom 825GB SSD, but not all of that will be free for game installations. The console’s operating system needs some of that space from the get-go. We’ve tested it ourselves, and there is roughly 667GB free to install games.
In case you needed any more confirmation – the #PS5 review kits have 667 GB of storage.
— Okami (@Okami13_) November 3, 2020
That’s less than the Xbox Series X, but that was always likely to be the case considering the PS5’s smaller SSD overall. The Xbox Series X ships with a 1TB SSD, with its operating system reducing available storage down to 802GB.
That means the PS5’s OS is slightly more efficient when it comes to space required but still doesn’t leave you with a lot of room for large game installations.
On the other hand, it’s a lot more than the Xbox Series S, which has just 364GB of space. On the plus side, games on this system will often take up less space. This isn’t universally the case, but 20GB shaved off of file sizes here or there could be the difference between having room to install that last game and having to delete something.