With the big update for PS5 enabling the SSD is just around the corner according to Sony Interactive Entertainment, the huge question lies: what’s the best PS5 SSD out there if I were to buy one?
We got you covered! As there are specific requirements like a heatsink and that it should be a PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, it’s important to know which specific brands that do offer them than buying ones that will make you want to manually attach a heatsink. So if you’re looking for a Solid State Drive for your PS5, be sure to consider specific brands first, and checking this guide to know which PS5 SSDs are worth getting.
But if ever you want to know how to install an SSD, Sony has already covered this portion, and you can check their guide on how to install a PS5 SSD. Or you can watch the new video below:
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What are the PS5 M.2 SSD Requirements?
You will need a PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD with around 250GB to 4TB of space that has about 5,500 MB/s (or something faster) read spead that has a size of 110 mm (Length), 25 mm (Width), and 11.25 mm thickness (that’s already with a heatsink). And you also need to update your PS5 firmware to 2.0-04.00.00 to enable the SSD lot.
It’s also important to note that the heatsink cannot go beyond 2.25 mm height that’s below the SSD and 8 mm height that’s on top of the SSD to make it fit. This is very crucial as you won’t be able to attach the PS5 SSD properly.
Now, if you have a preferred SSD brand but won’t have a heatsink for your PS5 SSD slot, then there’s no need to worry as there are alternatives. Provided if the requirements above are met, then your only worry will be the heatsink.
As mentioned above, you should not exceed 110m (L) x 25 mm (W) x 11.25 (H) in total including the PS5 SSD dimensions. The heatsink size should only have a max of 8 mm (H) above the SSD, and 2 mm (H) below the SSD. It’s important to know if you go beyond 8mm or the 2mm will not fit into the PS5 SSD slot.
Here are the SSD heatsinks that meet the requirements:
ELUTENG M.2 NVMe Heatsink
glotrends M.2 NVMe Heatsink
Are External SSDs Compatible with a PS5?
The external SSDs will certainly work on PS5 but you will not be able to install PS5 games. You can install PS4 titles to take advantage of the external SSD speed to load your PS4 games faster. Sony specifically stated that compatible PS5 SSD will be a PCIe M.2 NVme SSD model.