The Sony PS5 has finally been enabled to upgrade the storage vis its M.2 SSD slot. This is currently only available on the beta program, but it should roll out soon for everyone.
There are a lot of caveats to this upgrade, though. The Sony PS5 uses super-fast storage, faster than many NVMe drives on the market. So, the drive you buy has to meet the PS5 requirements.
The full list of requirements is lower down in the post, however, the main bits are:
- PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD with read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster
- It needs to have a heatsink, but the heatsink needs to fit the PS5 measurements (so you may have to remove a pre-applied one and fit a new one)
- It needs to me 22mm wide (not 25mm) which I think most are
Sony PS5 compatible NVMe SSDs
Confirmed Working SSD Drives
- Next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology optimised for...
- Irrationally fast read/write speeds up to...
- Up to 2TB capacity to hold your favourite...
- Downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard software to...
The WD_BLACK SN850 comes in two variants, with or without a heatsink. It looks like stock is low for the heatsink option, especially the 1TB model.
Read/write speeds up to 7000/5300MB/s (1TB model)
1TB for around £160 and 2TB for £340, these two options lack a heatsink. There is the 2TB heatsink option currently available on Scan.co.uk.
Gigabyte 7000s Gen4
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Interface: PCI-Express 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4.
- Sequential Read Speed: Up to 7000 MB/s.
- Sequential Write Speed: Up to 5500 MB/s.
This NVMe has a compatible heatsink built-in so
Read/write speeds up to 7000/55000MB/s, 800k/1M IOPS (1TB model)
Around £200 for 1TB or £380 got 2TB
Seagate FireCuda 530
- Speed reigns — Seagate’s FireCuda 530...
- Exhilarating performance up to 7,300 MB/s —...
- Our fastest FireCuda SSD ever, built for the...
- Built with a Seagate-validated E18 controller and...
These come in two models, one with a heatsink and one without. The model with a heatsink will work with the PS5.
Around £220 for 1TB, £460 for 2TB and £870 for 4TB
Read/write speeds up to 7300/6000MB/s, 800k/1M IOPS (1TB model)
Samsung 980 Pro
- Fearless performance: sequential read speeds up to...
- Performance that puts you in command: pcie gen 4.0...
- Experience the best: m.2 (2280) form factor...
- Get the ultimate sustainable performance: the 980...
These work but they lack a heatsink.
Read/write speeds up to 7000/5000MB/s (1TB model)
Around £180 for 1TB, £380 for 2TB, and they have a 500GB model for £120
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus
- NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 Interface. PCIe 4.0...
- Power Management Support for APST / ASPM / L1.2.
- Supports SMART and TRIM commands. Supports ONFi...
- Advanced Wear Leveling, Bad Block Management,...
These have been confirmed to work but will require a new heatsink. Also, note that it is the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus that is compatible, the standard model only does 5000 MB/s (read) so is below the PS5 requirements.
Read/write speeds up to 7000/5300MB/s (1TB model)
Around £199 for 1TB, £420 for 2TB and £1k for the 4TB model.
Drive that should work but are unconfirmed
There are quite a few drives that are technically compatible. For the sake of simplicity, I have listed what is available in the UK.
Corsair MP600 Pro
- Extreme Gen4 Storage Performance: A PCIe Gen4 x4...
- High-speed Gen4 PCIe x4 NVMe 1.4 M.2 Interface:...
- High-Density 3D TLC NAND: Provides the ideal mix...
- Built-in Aluminum Heatspreader: Helps disperse...
This meets the requirements, but you will need a new heatsink
Read/write speeds up to 7000/5500MB/s (1TB model)
Around £185 for 1TB, £370 for 2TB.
Sony PS5 M.2 SSD Upgrade Requirements
- Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
- Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
- Cooling structure: 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 including cooling structure:
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 0.442in (H).
- See below for full requirements.
The following M.2 SSD lengths are compatible with PS5 consoles:
30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm (corresponding to the form factor type, per above).
A 22mm-wide M.2 SSD module is required.
The total structure (including an added cooling structure) cannot exceed 25mm (0.984in).
The total height of the M.2 SSD and its cooling structure (such as a heatsink) – whether built-in or separate – must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).
The height must also be in the right place, in relation to the M.2 SSD’s circuit board:
- The size below the board must be less than 2.45mm (0.096in)
- The total size above the board must be less than 8mm (0.314in)
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