PS5 M.2 SSD expansion support was not available at launch but it has now been added as part of a beta software program. This is going to be extended to general consumers down the line as well. The SSDs that the PS5 supports are a bit confusing but in this article, we are going to make it simpler by recommending some options for you to consider.
Best PS5 Compatible SSDs You Can Buy Right Now
Sony has officially confirmed that users should have PCIe Gen4 SSDs with more than 240 GB capacity and with read speeds of 5,500MB/s or higher. You are also going to need a heatsink to go with your SSD. If the SSD that you are interested in getting does not come with a supported heatsink then you can check out our article on the best SSD heatsinks that you can buy right now.
The following are the PS5 compatible SSDs that you can buy right now:
The Western Digital Black SN850 can be bought with or without a heatsink. The included heatsink is thin enough to work with the PS5. The read speed is up to 7,000 MB/s so you can expect decent performance.
This also happens to be the model that Mark Cerny, Lead System Architect of the PS4 and PS5 recommends.
Our solution to our very active two gamer PS5 household? His-and-hers SSDs 🙂
Couple of awesome options for 7000MB/s, ended up putting my $$ down on this one. Going to be SWEEET!!! pic.twitter.com/6TuqPwK49x
— Mark Cerny (@cerny) August 1, 2021
The Gigabyte Aorus NVMe Gen 4 7000S comes with a heatsink out of the box. The included heatsink is thin enough to work with the PS5. The read speed is up to 7,000 MB/s so you can expect decent performance.
The Samsung 980 Pro does not come with a heatsink, so you will need to get one separately. Fortunately, there are plenty of third-party heatsink options that you can use. The rated read speed is 6900 MB/s. This is a tried and tested product that many reviewers can vouch for.
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus does not come with a heatsink, so you will need to get one separately. The rated read speed is 7,000 MB/s.
PNY XLR8 CS3040 1TB ($156.99 @ 13% Off/£168)
You can buy the PNY XLR8 CS3040 without a heatsink which is what we recommend as the heatsink is too big for the PS5. If you are interested in getting the PNY XLR8 CS3040 then you should opt to stick with not getting the heatsink and then getting a shorter heatsink. The rated read speed is up to 5600 MB/s.
You can get this with or without a heatsink. The included one is thin enough and will work fine with your PS5. The SSD is rated to have a read speed of 5000 Mb/s. This is slightly less than what sony recommends but you should still be able to get decent performance out of it.
The Patriot Viper VP4300 also comes with a heatsink. You can choose between the Aluminum and Graphene heatsinks. The rated read speed is 4700 MB/s so you can expect excellent performance from the SSD.
The Corsair MP600 Pro 1TB does come with a heatsink out of the box but you will need to change it and use a shorter one if you want to use it with the PS5. The rated read speed is 4,950 MB/s.
These are the SSDs that we recommend for the PS5. You can also check out our guide on how you can play Call of Duty Warzone at 120Hz on PS5.