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PlayStation 5 Expenses

Now that we have the PlayStation 5, I found that we needed to add a few things to make the gaming experience work properly for us. Games are resource-intensive and take up a lot of hard drive space. Having bought a 1 TB console is barely enough space when playing games like Spiderman 2 or Avatar, not to mention some of the PS4 games we transferred to PS5.

Purchasing an SSD Card

I thought we would have more playing time before I had to add an SSD card. However, I was wrong. It’s not that the hard drive was full, but it was heading there fast. So, I looked online to find out which is the best, or at least adequate, SSD card for my needs.Samsung 980 Pro SSD

After watching several YouTube videos, I decided to get the Samsung 980 Pro SSD card [affiliate link] (the Samsung 990 wasn’t available at the time). I purchased the 2 TB edition since we blew through 1 TB just by plugging the device in. I’m hoping 2 TB will be enough for the life of the console.

Installing the SSD Card

I was surprised at how easy it was to install the 2TB card. First, I placed the console on its side with the bottom facing up (I have the PlayStation 5 slim version). Then popped open the cover over the fan. It’s the cover next to the CD slot.

After taking off the cover, I unscrewed the plate that covers the SSD card slot. I then removed the screw used for holding the SSD card in place, inserted the SSD card, put the screw back, closed the SSD cover plate and screwed that in.  All that was left to to was replace the fan cover.

PlayStation 5: Inserting SSD

As simple as it was to insert, my heart was racing all the while because I didn’t want to turn the console into an expensive brick. My worries were unfounded because the device immediately recognized and formatted the SSD card when I turned the console on. Whew!

Controllers, Stands and Fans

After the SSD card there were more expenses. Of course, the console comes with only one controller. What fun is that? So, I had to get a second one. It’s worth the expense to play games with the kids.

HeadsetFor my own sanity and peace of mind (and to keep some of the noise down), I purchased two headsets (amazon affiliate link). The controllers take the 3.5 mm plug headsets, so I got one for each grandchild. In addition to the headsets and the controllers, I decided to splurge and get a stand (affiliate link)for the console. This stand has a built-in fan and two ports to charge the controllers. I didn’t realize how hot this device could get.

Unfortunately, the stand didn’t work for me. I currently have the device sitting horizontally in a bookshelf. The stand requires the PS5 to sit vertically. Unless I set the PS5 atop of the bookshelf (where it could be hit or knocked over when the Nerf guns come out), I decided to send the stand back and use my rechargeable portable fan (affiliate link) instead. It keeps the console cool.

PlayStation 5 Games

With the hardware set up, the next expense was the software. Fortunately, PlayStation frequently has sales. Granted, I did pay full price for Avatar Frontiers of Pandora, but that’s because I wanted that game (I’m really bad at it, but I like it). I purchased the rest of the games in our library when they were on sale. I paid up to 75% off the full retail price for some of them.Sale

Since I’m frugal, I shop for games when I’m bored, put them in my favorites list, and pounce when they go on sale.

PlayStation: Kids Educating Grandma

This post sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. It’s just that I had forgotten about the ancillaries when it comes to consoles and gaming. It’s been a while since I purchased one for my kids. Now, being a grandma, I get to do it all over again. Aside from the expense, I’m loving every minute of it.

About the Author: Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and low-tech blogger.

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