The PS5 SSD buying guide

Sony released its first PS5 software beta last Thursday, and with it got here the much-anticipated assist for including an M.2 SSD, letting you put in extra PS5 video games than the pretty restrictive 825GB built-in SSD permits. Alongside the beta, Sony supplied a list of requirements, making it clear that you just wouldn’t essentially have the ability to simply seize any SSD and chuck it in your PS5.

Sony’s essential necessities are that the SSD be PCIe Gen4 and a minimum of 250GB. Nevertheless, Sony makes it very clear that your SSD wants a heatsink, which might complicate issues, given the limited amount of space in the PS5’s SSD bay. What SSDs you’ll need to contemplate depends upon whether or not you need to set up a heatsink your self or not, and whether or not you’re a “play by the principles” sort or a “let’s see what I can get away with” sort.

WD advised us that, based mostly on Sony’s necessities, its WD Black SN850 drives (obtainable in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities) would work, and that it was within the strategy of testing compatibility. The drive simply surpasses Sony’s velocity suggestions, however you’ll need to be sure you’re buying the model with a heatsink — for the 1TB mannequin, the heatsink model prices $20 greater than the non-heatsink model and has an enormous orange line on the entrance. It’s additionally the SSD that the PS5’s lead system architect bought for himself.

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