PS5 FAQ: Sony might let your store PS5 games on an external drive in future, no Dolby Vision or Atmos support

Sony have posted a huge FAQ about their new console, the PlayStation 5, answering many of the questions that have been on gamer’s minds. You can read the whole thing here, but here are some key points we have noted.

First up, as we noted earlier, you can’t backup PS5 games on an external HDD, but you can on Xbox Series X|S.. yet.

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Can I store or play PS5 games from a USB drive?

No, players cannot transfer PS5 games to a USB drive. PS5 games must be stored on the console’s internal ultra-high speed SSD for gameplay. Explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway.

Sony are also warning not to buy an internal expansion drive yet, so if you have pre-ordered one might be best to wait and live with the rather stingy hard drive space you get on the console.

Should I buy an M.2 SSD drive for my PS5 at launch?

No. For now, we recommend that you hold off on purchasing any M.2 SSD drives intended for use with PS5. We will share more details on recommended drives in the future. M.2 SSD storage functionality will come to PS5 after launch with an upcoming system software update.

We also get some top tips on how to position your PS5, mostly common sense – don’t put a blanket on your PS5!

What are the best practices when setting up my PS5 at home?

To maintain good ventilation, follow these guidelines below:

Place the console at least 10 cm (4 in) away from a wall surface.
Do not place on a carpet or rug with long fibers.
Do not place in a narrow or cramped space.
Do not cover with cloth.
Do not allow dust to build up on the vents. Use a cleaning tool such as a vacuum cleaner to remove dust buildup.

The following audio formats are supported, Dolby Atmos is conspicuously absent, which will be a disappointment to film enthusiasts. They also note that the PS5 only supports HDR10, with Dolby Vision an Xbox exclusive that is “coming soon” to their new machines.

Which audio output formats does PS5 support?

PS5 will support the following audio formats:

Dolby Digital (max 5.1ch)
Dolby Digital Plus (max 7.1ch)
Dolby TrueHD (max 7.1ch)
DTS (max 5.1ch)
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio (max 7.1ch)
DTS-HD Master Audio (max 7.1ch)
AAC (max 5.1ch)
Linear PCM (max 7.1ch)

After many years of Sony trying and failing to make them a thing at home, 3D movies are dead.

Does PS5 support 3D Blu-ray movies?

No, 3D stereoscopic output is not supported on PS5.

Good news for PC gamers…

Can I connect a keyboard and mouse with PS5?

Yes, USB and Bluetooth keyboards and mice are supported at a system level, though game developers will decide whether to support at a game level.

It’s also goodbye to the least used app on your PS4…

Does PS5 feature a web browser?

No, the PS5 system doesn’t include a dedicated web browser app.

(There is technically a web browser built in as a portal for help documents, but it’s not possible for users to visit other sites.)

There’s a lot more in the FAQ, we do suggest you read it. Well, read it if you are buying a PS5, if you are not then do something else with your time. Crochet a nice hat or something.

Source: Sony

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12 Comments

  1. Right…but you need to link the best crochet sites man…

  2. The FAQ lists Housemarque as a first-party dev. Is that news or was it already known?

    • No, they are private, but they probably count Returnal as a first party game in the same way that Demon’s Souls is 1st party but developed by a 3rd party Dev (Bluepoint)

      Sony own the IP makes it 1St party?

  3. I’ve used the PS3 and PS4 almost exclusively for my home internet browsing over the years, so i’m really going to miss being able to conveniently read gaming and news articles on my large tv screen. Smart tv browser is just a pain to use but i might finally unplug my usb keyboard from my console and see if it makes the android tv box browser more tolerable. Otherwise, i’ll be practically untethered from my favourite gaming website(s) when i switch to PS5. Probably just as well i’ll possibly be waiting until March 2021 or later before my PS5 preorder will ship, so there’s still time to seek an alternative for my tv internet browsing.
    (I’ll welcome any suggestions for alternative solutions)

  4. No web browser is a strange omission. Wonder what the reason is.

    • piracy is my first thought. quite a few of the exploits from the previous gens came from web browser based hacks.

      • That does seem the most likely reason. I guess we’ll know by whether they block any 3rd party browser apps.

  5. No Web browser??? Crap!!!

  6. No web browser is no surprise really considering we live in the land of mobile phones these days. However, it’s probably more due to that being the main way to exploit the OS and jailbreak.

  7. Surprising so many people seem bothered by the lack of a web browser. Does the Series X/S have one? Based on recent MS experience, it probably does and makes sure you know about it by randomly launching and pinning itself in an obvious place.

    Most of the other missing stuff seems to be a case of making sure it works perfectly for things most people will use, with the option to add things fewer people would like later on. A lot of people like to keep things neatly in folders, but I’m sure most people just leave everything all over the place. Some people might like 3D Blu-ray support (it works quite well with PSVR, for that pair of films I own in 3D), but most people won’t be using it. And Dolby Vision is less common than the other HDR formats. Add a couple of quid to the cost for a PS5 for something a fraction of people will use, or support the free standards that everyone will benefit from? And Atmos would probably only be of benefit to 4 people.

    MS, on the other hand, seem to have added everything they could think of, but with variable results. That VRR thing seems to be causing issues in some cases. Blu-rays may not play at all. Quick resume causes problems with some games and they had to disable it for those. And I’m guessing they’ve upset the BBC again and iPlayer is missing. And the EA Play app doesn’t work. When it’s just been include in Game Pass. Whoops.

    • Have you actually got a series X then? I’m pretty surprised if you have, but you seem to have a lot to say about it!

  8. I wish I had checked this before I bought the 240GB external ssd…

    Facepalm

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