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While the PlayStation 5 has impressive graphics and functionality, it has limited storage space. Although the PS5 comes with a built-in one terabyte (TB) solid-state drive (SSD), the usable space is only about 667GB. Until recently, users had no choice except to use external drives to expand the storage on their PS5s. 

Since Sony released its new firmware, users can now install NVMe SSDs into their consoles to expand their storage. However, this solution requires some technical knowledge because it involves opening up the PS5. For users who don’t want to open up their PlayStation 5, external SSDs and hard disk drives (HDDs) are still the most viable options, despite their limitations.

Connecting an external storage drive to the PS5 can drastically increase its space and allows more games and media files to be stored on it. One of the drawbacks of using an external SSD or HDD is that the latest game won’t work directly off them because they aren’t fast enough. Users can download and store new games on external drives, but they have to move them across to the internal storage to play them. Older PS4 games can still run off external storage since they don’t require the same speeds.

When choosing an external storage device for a PS5, there are some limitations to consider. The PS5 can only support one external drive at a time, and it’s incompatible with USB hubs. There’s also a minimum size requirement of 250GB with a maximum capability of 8TB. Any drives connected to the PS5 must also match USB 3.0 speeds.

These are the best external storage drives for the PS5.

Best overall external storage

Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSD 2TB 

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As its name suggests, the Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSD 2TB is designed for gaming and offers high speeds and adequate space for most users. Its 2TB capacity is enough to store numerous gaming titles with room to spare for media files. Another area the Firecuda excels in is its high speeds. It can reach transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps when paired with the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports. While the Firecuda is capable of high speeds, it’s limited to 10Gbps on the PS5 because of the port speed.

Despite using NVMe SSD technology, the Firecuda isn’t very compact. It measures 4.1 by 2.1 by 0.39 inches (104.4 by 52.5 by 10.0 millimeters) and weighs 2 ounces. The exterior has a rectangular design with an aluminum casing. While many rivals have rounded edges and other design elements, the Firecuda keeps things simple with straight lines and a single groove with an LED running along the width. 

While the Firecuda has all-around abilities, including speed and capacity, it has one major drawback. Its new technology comes at a price and makes it more expensive than many rival SSDs with the same capacity. Considering the scarcity of compatible ports, it’s only worth it for users wanting a certain degree of future-proofing, and many users will opt for more affordable options.

Best high-capacity external storage

Seagate Expansion 8TB External Hard Drive 

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Some users require the most space possible to accommodate their media and game libraries. Seagate’s Expansion 8TB External Hard Drive has an enormous 8TB of space, which might be challenging to fill for advanced users. Although Seagate drives in the Expansion range going up to 16TB, the PS5 has a maximum limit of 8TB. While the Expansion 8TB offers more space than any of the storage options mentioned so far, it also has the slowest speeds. Instead of containing a newer SSD, it works with an older HDD and only goes up to 160 MB/s.

Using an HDD impacts the Expansion in other ways. Since it contains a 3.5-inch hard drive, it’s pretty bulky, measuring 7.04 by 4.92 by 1.65 inches (178.75 by 125 by 41.9 millimeters). The Expansion 8TB also requires an external adapter, which might be cumbersome for some users. 

Some of the main reasons to get the Expansion 8TB are its capacity and affordable price. It offers far more storage space than the P50 or Firecuda, but it costs a fraction of the price, putting it within reach of most buyers. Some users won’t notice the slower speeds, but users who copy large chunks of data regularly may be better off with an SSD.

Best high-end external storage

WD_Black 4TB P50

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Western Digital’s Black 4TB P50 offers the same speeds as the Firecuda but has double the capacity. It can also reach speeds of up to 20Gbps if connected to a high-speed USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port but will only go up to 10Gbps on the PS5. Compared to the Firecuda, the P50 has a massive 4TB of storage space that’s enough for advanced users with large game libraries. 

Apart from performance, the P50 also excels when it comes to durability. Like the Firecuda, it has a black aluminum casing, but it has a more industrial look with ridges running along the width and exposed screws. Western Digital doesn’t provide any Mil-spec rating, but it advertises the P50 as shock-resistant and offers a five-year limited warranty. 

The Western Digital P50 has the same strengths and similar weaknesses as the Firecuda. Both drives offer high speeds and decent capacity but are let down by their high price and lack of compatible ports. Despite its drawbacks, the P50 is still worth it for users wanting lots of storage space and the latest technology.

Best mid-range external storage

G-Technology 2TB ArmorATD

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While regular SSDs and HDDs are adequate for most users, some people require something more rugged. The G-Technology 2TB ArmorATD is built by a subsidy of Western Digital and is resistant to shock, dust, and water. Its exterior is aluminum, surrounded by a rubber bumper for added protection. Western Digital claims it’s crush-resistant to up to 1,000 pounds, and its IP54 rating protects it from small quantities of dust and light water sprays from any direction.

G-Technology’s 2TB ArmorATD matches the space offered by the Firecuda, but it can’t compete when it comes to speed. Like the Expansion 8TB, the 2TB ArmorATD contains an HDD instead of an SSD, so its speed is limited to around 140MB/s.

The 2TB ArmorATD is a niche product targeted at users needing extra durability. That said, its affordable price makes it appealing for users wanting decent storage capacity and don’t need the fastest speeds. 

Best budget external storage

Samsung T5 500GB SSD

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Users looking for an affordable way to upgrade their PS5 storage might consider the Samsung T5 500GB SSD. This SSD only has a 500GB capacity, so there’s limited space for data. It’s still an improvement over the internal memory and can easily store a few AAA titles. While its capacity isn’t the best, the T5 is faster than the 2TB ArmorATD and Expansion 8TB with speeds of up to 540MB/s.

The T5’s compact design makes it easy to transport. It measures 2.91 by 2.26 by 0.41 inches ( 74 by 57 by 10.5 millimeters), so it won’t take up space like the Expansion 8TB and the 2TB ArmorATD. Another design feature that makes it stand out is the range of available colors. Users can either choose black or opt for more colorful red, gold, or blue options. 

While the T5 hasn’t got the highest capacity, it’s fast and affordable. It’s a worthwhile option for users to expand their PS5 storage capacity without a large cash outlay.

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New World team share details of upcoming server transfers in Q&A

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New World players have been eagerly awaiting news on the promised server transfers that Amazon Game Studios announced to remedy long server queues on launch. While they have been delayed, many questions were answered regarding the subject during a Q&A on the New World forum earlier today.

The Q&A took the most popular questions from the community regarding the server transfer service and provided some insight into its limitations, what players can expect, but sadly, no official date for it to join the game.

When server transfers are added to the game, all players will receive a single transfer token that is tied to the account, not character. This means that if you have multiple characters, you’ll only be able to transfer one. These tokens will be permanent so they can be used any time after distribution.

Amazon also confirmed that players will only be able to transfer between servers in the same region, but cross-region transfers are something the team is looking into for the future.

Something that players were worried about was not being able to transfer into servers that are currently marked ‘full,’ but the team attempted to ease fears of this by sharing that many servers will have the ‘full’ tag removed over the coming days.

“We monitor full status on a daily basis with changes as recently as today,” the spokesperson wrote. “’Full’ doesn’t indicate a server that always has queues, it indicates a server that during typical peak usage has a substantial queue. We will be relaxing Full status on many worlds when transfers start, to allow the most flexibility possible. After transfers have slowed down we will re-evaluate which worlds might still need the designation.”

If server transfers overwork a server, the team said they will re-evaluate and hand out new transfer tokens to players where necessary.

There were plenty of other questions answered so if you’d like to know what was said in detail you can check out the Q&A here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mmo/news/new-world-team-share-details-of-upcoming-server-transfers-in-qa

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NoPing releases its Dota 2 roster, will reform for next DPC season

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NoPing e-sports and its Dota 2 rosters have agreed to part ways ahead of the next Dota Pro Circuit season. In a statement, NoPing said it will be fielding a new roster for the next season, but the organization has no news to share at the moment. 

This is the second top-level South American roster to split with its sponsor organization in order to pursue other opportunities, following Thunder Predator doing the same following The International 10. 

“By decision of all players in the team, we will not continue with the current lineup,” NoPing said. “We respect the decision and wish success to the players that took the NoPing VPN name to various achievements in Dota 2.” 

Neither NoPing nor the players—William “hFn” Medeiros, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera, Oscar Chavez, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Jose “Panda” Padilla Hernandez—specified why the decision was made, but it is likely due to the team failing to qualify for TI10. Even though they were one of three teams from SA to make it to a Major, finishing ninth at the WePlay AniMajor, they flamed out in the regional qualifiers, losing to Infinity and Team Unknown. 

Related: Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

It is also unclear if the players wish to continue playing together or if they will disband entirely and look to find teams elsewhere rather than pursuing a new sponsor together. Here are the players that are now looking for a new home. 

With this announcement, only beastcoast and SG esports remain untouched among the top four teams in SA, meaning they have an edge heading into the next DPC season if their squads remain together. The ex-TP players did note that they would continue playing together, so even if they don’t find a new sponsor they will likely still be a force in the region.

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Call of Duty: Mobile season 9 is called Nightmare

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Call of Duty: Mobile’s season nine is almost here. The new season will be called Nightmare, Activision revealed today, as Halloween is right around the corner.

As usual, a lot of new content is dropping with the season. This includes a Battle Pass (BP) which contains a new operator, weapon, blueprints, calling cards, charms, and more.

At tier 14 of the free BP, players will be able to get the Tak-5 Operator Skill. This skill gives players the ability to heal their team in battle. Besides this, players will be able to get the Swordfish at tier 21. This tactical rifle was first seen in Black Ops 4 and is now making its way to CoD: Mobile as well.

Modern Warfare’s Havoc Sawmill will be the new map for season nine. Additionally, the Halloween Standoff is returning to the game for a limited time as well to mark the festival.

Later in the season, players will also be able to unlock a new weapon, tactical equipment, and battle royale class through seasonal challenges. The weapon is called Thumper, which is a grenade launcher with just one ammunition. Flash Drone is the new tactical equipment that blinds enemies. Finally, the Pumped BR Class gives players a jetpack to take to the skies.

The season will last for about a month. The new content will be available gradually throughout season nine, Nightmare.

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All teams qualified for the Wild Rift Horizon Cup

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The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup will happen from Nov. 13 to 21 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Ten teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool. 

Wild Rift is still in its regional open beta stage, but this hasn’t stopped Riot Games from launching an esports scene this year. The Horizon Cup will be the first global esports event for the MOBA game. Riot has said that a full-fledged esports scene will be introduced in 2022. The exact format for the Horizon Cup hasn’t been revealed yet. 

Related: Wild Rift: Horizon Cup 2021 will not be the “first Wild Rift Worlds”

Here are all the teams that have qualified for the event.

  • Da Kung Gaming
  • ThunderTalk Gaming
  • KT Rolster
  • SBTC Esports
  • Team Secret
  • Team Queso

Summoner Series (North America)

  • Tribe Gaming

Japan Cup

  • Sengoku Gaming

Wild Tour (Brazil)

  • eBRO Gaming

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