10 Features The PS5 Desperately Needs

A killer console, but it could be even better.

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After what feels like an eternity of waiting, the PlayStation 5 is finally out in most quarters of the world - if you can find one, that is.

And while the PS5's launch has largely been rapturously received by players and press alike per the console's astonishing technical leaps over the PS4, it's still far from realising its full potential.

While it goes without saying that Sony will likely release a PS5 Pro mid-way through the console generation in another three or four years, there are a ton of quality-of-life improvements which could boost the user experience without players needing to buy a whole new hardware unit.

These 10 features, from basic software functionality you'd reasonably expect to be available on launch, to more game-changing hardware compatibility options, would all transform the PS5 from a fantastic, promise-filled piece of kit to one which truly feels like a fully next-gen games console.

Some are at least likely to be patched in the coming weeks or months, though others may require fans to doggedly hassle Sony for the foreseeable future.

After all, remember how long it took them to let people just change their PlayStation account names...

10. Expanded SSD Storage

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By far the PS5's most egregious upfront oversight is its disappointingly small 825GB SSD, which in addition to being smaller than the PS4 Pro's own 1TB HDD, leaves just 667.2GB of space after necessary system apps are accounted for.

This wouldn't be quite so frustrating if the PS5 had expandable storage options ready to go on launch, as you'd reasonably expect.

And though Sony has confirmed that players will eventually be able to add approved SSD storage via the console's dedicated internal M.2 slot, at present there's no such list of authorised hardware, nor a clear timeframe on when we can expect to see it.

Between this and the fact there's no option to offload PS5 games or saves to external devices, players are left with enormous storage limitations for the launch period.

Given that Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War alone takes up a stonking 135GB, the PS5 can only hold a small number of similarly-sized, full-fat AAA titles, potentially requiring players to delete and re-install games ad hoc in order to shuffle precious GB around.

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