How to choose the best M.2 SSD for expanding PS5 storage?
Owners of the Sony PlayStation 5 who are running out of storage space will now find it easier to add extra storage. Because the PS5's extra internal M.2 SSD slot is now open to business, as long as you have a compatible drive. Prior to that, that was only accessible to those with the PlayStation OS beta version.
Prior to this, and before the beta, you could still create an external drive for PS4 games, but you couldn't play PS4. PS5 games could be stored on an external drive, but could not be played.
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These super fast M.2 drives are becoming increasingly hard to find right now, especially ones with a built-in heatsink. If your drive lacks a thermostat, you'll have to manually add it. For example, the popular Samsung 980 Pro doesn't come with a heatsink attached, but the business plans to release sassy if it does later this year.
Check out our how-to-install video for those who already have an M.2 drive in hand.
Sony has provided some specific guidelines as to what types of drives the PS5 will support, but no model recommendations. Based on the published specifications, however, the SSD drive options listed below should all work. We're currently testing some of them, including the 4TB Seagate FireCuda 530, which we've included in this how-to feature.
The Samsung 980 Pro With Heatsink is an M.2 SSD.
This is the configuration that a lot of people have been waiting for. But it won't be available until Oct. 29, and will be in 1TB ($250) and 2TB capacities ($450). Check back for the buy link.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB Drive Crucialus P5.
The P5 Plus has read rates of up to 6,600Mbps. Its name is inspired by the PS5, so make it your own.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 M.2 M4M.
This Samsung 980 Pro 1TB drive will require a separate heatsink, but it's currently on sale for incredibly cheap for an efficient 1GB drive.
Seagate FireCuda 530 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD SeaCudas 520 Nvidia PCE Gen 4 X4 SSDs SeaGuard Firecud A530 M2 NAND PCIOe M4 SATA SSD
Ready to go, available in 1-, 2-, and 4-terabyte sizes. Due to its popularity, this Seagate FireCuda drive has been out of stock for a while, so grab one when you can.
Gigabyte Aorus 7000s Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
The Gigabyte is available in 1TB SSD and 2TB capacities, and will work with your PS5. This, too, is in and out of stock.
WD Black SN850 Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD.
The WD Black is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. It already has a thin heatsink on it, so you're all set.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Sabent Rocket M4 Gen2 X4 PCBe EC2
For the more tech-savvy, you'll need to install a low-profile heatsink. It's available in 1, 2 and 4TB.
NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD for XPG Gammix S70 Gen4 x4
You'll need to replace the heatsink on this SSD with a smaller spreader. It's available in 1 and 2TB.
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