Meanwhile, Sony is turning its attention to eSports, as it wants to be the Nike of video game accessories!
With current-gen games being of considerable size (e.g. Gran Turismo 7 can easily take away 100GB; Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War claims up to 225GB of space for a complete install), it’s no wonder Sony has allowed us to install our M.2 SSDs in the PlayStation 5. Western Digital and Sony unveiled the console’s first officially licensed SSD. The SN850 NVMe features PlayStation logos and is available in two configurations: if 1TB of space isn’t enough, a 2TB version is also available.
The SN850 is not designed for NAS (network-attached storage), and the PlayStation 5 firmware is required to be at least version 21.02-04.00.00. Installation is simple. With the power, off and the console disconnected, remove the side panel, unscrew the SSD slot cover, insert the storage, screw it back on, replace the cover, and when the PlayStation 5 is powered on, format the SSD, which is then ready to use. The 1TB SN850 will hit stores for around $170, while the 2TB version will retail for $280.
Meanwhile, Sony’s Kazuo Kii, executive deputy, gave an interview to the Nikkei. He said, “Many existing producers trace their origins to PC manufacturing. Because monitors are designed to display data, there are problems to overcome with vibrancy and contrast. Sony is unique in that we come from a background in TV manufacturing. We take pride in our picture technology. We look forward to showing customers our immersive experience and realism.
The vision we have in mind is that of Mizuno and Nike providing shoes for athletes. You can win prize money in esports. If a monitor’s response time lags even slightly, you lose. Sony products aren’t going to let people engaged in these gruelling battles down.” We recently wrote about their Inzone headsets and monitors.