Sony is ramping up to release the next PS5 firmware that enables internal SSD support for the console. This means that users can purchase super-fast SSDs from brands and manually insert them into their PS5 to increase the storage capacity. This works completely different from using an external hard drive. Instead of being able to store and play PS4 games and only store PS5 games, an internal SSD expansion allows for playing and storing both generations of games.
An internal SSD is also a lot faster than using an external one thanks to the way the PS5 has been built. The SSD controller directly plugs into the motherboard right by the SoC to enable speeds just as fast as the internal SSD.
So what SSDs work on the PS5 and how much do they cost? So far, a number of brands have already confirmed they have PCIe Gen4 SSDs on the market that users can buy and plug into their console. They are pricey but also come with the benefit of fast data transfer and are actually cheaper than the competition’s proprietary SSD expansion.
PS5 SSD Requirements
First off you need to know what the PS5 SSD requirements are. Sony has released some guidelines on what to look out for when purchasing an SSD. Keep in mind that until the firmware, which is in beta, releases, you won’t be able to do anything with the SSD. So you can purchase it and install it later.
The PS5 SSD requires a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 interface. With that being said, if the SSD is built with these requirements, it will fit into the PS5 and work. However, you need to keep the dimensions of the SSD in mind too. For example, the Corsair MP600 won’t fit in the PS5 due to its thicker heatsink design. The PS5 limits the SSD thickness to 11.25mm (0.44-inches). The Corsair MP600 is 15mm thick with the heatsink so it won’t fit.
- Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
- Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
- Cooling: Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built-in.
- Sequential Read Speed: 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended
- Module Width: 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)
- Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110. These numbers can be found on retail listings for M.2 SSD devices. The first two digits refer to the width, the remaining digits to the length.
- Socket Type: Socket 3 (Key M)
- Total Size: In millimeters: smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H). In inches: smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.44 inches
What SSDs Work on the PS5?
At the moment there are a number of brands that have compatible SSDs for the PS5. This includes Western Digital, Seagate and even Gigabyte. Some aren’t available here but I will list them anyway in case you want to perhaps import an SSD from another region.
It is important to keep in mind that the PS5 needs a heatsink SSD in order to function. So when purchasing an SSD from a tech brand, you can either go without a heatsink and install it yourself or buy one with a heatsink installed. I would recommend just getting one with a heatsink to avoid any complications. Remember the thickness!
Note: Once you know the model, a simple Google search will show you where to purchase them. You can also reach out to your favourite PC store to see if they have stock. These prices are constantly changing.
Western Digital has one SSD called the WD_BLack SN850. It retails from anywhere between R4,200 – R5,099 for the 1TB model and R8,199 – R11,999 for the 2TB model. The model without a heatsink is slightly cheaper but rather invest in the heatsink model.
- WD_Black SN850 500GB With Heatsink
- 500GB: R2,999
- WD_ Black SN850 1TB With heatsink
- WD_Black SN850 2TB with heatsink
- 2TB: R9,749
Samsung 980 Pro
The Samsung 980 Pro comes in 500, 1TB and 2TB. This SSD does not have a heatsink so you need to factor that into the cost. These SSDs range from R1,999 for the 500GB to R7,999 for the 2TB model.
Gigabyte has its 7000s SSD range that fits all the requirements for the PS5. It is a bit harder to get hold of but the SSD does pack a heatsink making it a great option for the console.
Seagate FireCuda 530
The Seagate FireCuda 530 is ready for the PS5 but the SSD does not have a heatsink so you need to install one yourself. Also, while Seagate is available in this region, the 530 has not been released here yet. I will update this post as they become available. In the meantime, I will link to Amazon for import possibilities.
- Seagate FireCuda 530 2TB
- 2TB: $399
We will continue to update this post as more SSDs are confirmed to support the PS5 and release it here. Keep in mind that the support for internal SSD upgrades is not available yet to anyone outside of the beta firmware test. Thankfully, you can still purchase an SSD in the meantime and keep it safe until the software release.