How to Format and Transfer Game Data on a PS5 USB External Storage
The new PlayStation 5 software update is now available, and it allows players to save game data externally using a USB card.
The PlayStation 5 update, which was released on Wednesday, April 14, contains a number of improvements and enhancements that gamers can appreciate, such as the ability to save game data to a USB device. However, some gamers may be unaware of how that feature works.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need to know and how to use a USB drive for your PlayStation 5.
Before you begin, there are a few things you should know.
Gamers can store PS5 and PS4 games on USB drives. Users can play PS4 games directly from USB extended storage instead of downloading them to their console. You won’t be able to play PS5 games directly from the USB drive, unfortunately. You can, however, copy your game data from the USB to the internal storage of your PS5. This is faster than reinstalling the game from the PlayStation Store.
Simply add a USB extended storage drive to your PS5 console if you want to use one you previously used with your PS4 console. You’ll be able to play any PS4 games stored on the hard drive.
Here’s what you need to know about the USB devices work with the PS5:
USB 5 Gbps or higher is needed.
Minimum capacity is 250 GB, with a maximum capacity of 8 TB.
The PS5 console does not promise that all devices can operate with it.
You can’t connect the drive through a USB hub.
It is not possible to connect two or more USB extended storage drives at the same time. You can connect multiple USB drives to your console, but you can use only one at a time.
How to format USB drive as USB extended storage
To prep your USB and your PS5 console to copy game data, the USB device needs to be formatted. When formatting a USB, you should know that data saved on the drive is erased. Data erased this way cannot be recovered, so be careful and make sure you do not erase any important data.
This is key, though: USB drives that you used as USB extended storage on your PS4 console don’t need to be re-formatted.
When you first start using a USB drive with a PS5 console, format the drive as USB extended storage. This is a brief summary.