All PS5 compatible SSD drives – which SSD drives work with PS5? If you want to upgrade the storage on your PS5 you will need to supplement the 825GB SSD drive that comes with the PlayStation 5 at launch by buying PS5 compatible NVMe SSD drives. Owing to the unique manner in which the PS5 SSD works with the rest of the console however, you can only extend the storage of the PS5 SSD by using an NVMe SSD that Sony have officially endorse. For further reading, check out our comparison of the PS5 SSD drive and the Xbox Series X SSD drive where we give you the definitive lowdown on which one is better.
Luckily, to help you navigate this minefield of sorts, we’ve created this PS5 guide which will list and detail all the PS5 compatible SSD drives the second they’re announced by Sony and its partner manufacturers.
All PS5 Compatible SSD Drives Announced
After months of waiting, we finally know of at least one SSD that will be able to work with the PS5, and that’s Seagate’s FireCude 530 M.2 NVMe. It’s PCIe Gen4, and has fast enough read and write speeds to keep up with the PS5’s load times. The drive will come in a variety of models, from a 500GB version to a 2TB, prices being $140 for 500GB, $240 for 1TB and $490 for 2TB.
Following on the heels of Seagate’s offering is the Western Digital WD_BLACK 850. This PS5-compatible SSD will come in three different variations: 500GB ($139.99), 1TB ($249.99), and 2TB ($429.99). The company has revealed this has met Sony’s requirements in wake of the PS5 system software beta program, and is currently in the testing phase.
PS5 SSD Drive Manufacturers
To provide additional PS5 SSD drive storage, Sony will likely pair up with some or all of the following existing SSD suppliers:
- Western Digital
PS5 External USB Drive Storage – Can I Use It?
USB External Drives will work on PS5, but their use is limited. While you won’t be able to play PS5 games from a PS5 external USB drive, you can store PS5 game data. However if you wish to use that data, you must shift it back to the PS5 SSD drive or a compatible NVMe SSD drive in order to use it. You can however, use PS5 external USB drives to store and play PS4 games via the PS5’s backwards compatibility function. So if you’re thinking of ditching your existing external USB drive storage ahead of the PS5 release, you might want to hold onto it.
PS5 USB Flash Drives – What Can They Be Used For?
PS5 USB flash drives will be a thing. However, they’ll work no different to how they function on PS4 right now. This means that you’ll be able to store images, video and save data on them, but that’s about it (and the save data will have to migrated back to the PS5 SSD anyway in order to be used).
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