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PS5 SSDs: These M.2 Drives Can Speed Up Your PlayStation

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It has taken a few months, but Sony has finally enabled the SSD upgrade in the PlayStation 5 and drive requirements have been confirmed. Here are some options worth your hard-earned money.

The option to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5 became available for everyone in a recent PlayStation 5 September software update. In fact, I recently did it myself using the Patriot Viper VP4300 and the results have been positive — great to not feel anxious about filling up the mere 667GB of storage available internally.

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Fortunately, the requirements are not as strict as many initially feared. The only one you've got to really work around is the heatsink requirement and maximum combined size of drive and heatsink

Set at 11.25mm (0.442 inches), that eliminates a lot of SSD choices with built-in heatsinks, but that doesn't limit the list of great choices available to you. 

All you have to do is make a choice: an all-in-one purchase with SSD + heatsink, or buying them separately.

PS5 SSD requirements

PS5 SSD Slot

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Sony has published a complete list of requirements for any SSD to be compatible with the PS5. We have picked out the important details below. 

InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250 GB – 4 TB
HeatsinkRequired — built-in or added yourself
Sequential read speed5500 MB/s or faster is recommended
Form factor2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110
Total size including heatsinkSmaller than 4.33 in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442 in (H).
Heatsink max. height below SSD2.45 mm (0.096 in)
Heatsink max. height above SSD8 mm (0.314 in)

SSDs for PS5 (heatsink included)

Here are the some top drives that meet Sony's requirements. While we have not tested these SSDs in the PS5 ourselves, we are contacting manufacturers, to be 100% sure.

However, for now, these meet the criteria and the recent beta update launch reaction is showing these options work. 

Western Digital Black SN850

WD Black SN850

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US WD Black SN850 retailers at a glance: Amazon | Newegg

UK WD Black SN850 retailers at a glance: eBuyer | Overclockers | Scan

As you can read in our WD Black SN850 review, we're big fans of the performance, design and durability of this drive. These are the reasons why this SSD is compatible with the PS5, and stock is quite plentiful of the version with a heatsink too.

Prices start from around $160/£150 for the 500GB SSD, with an extra $20/£10 added on for the heatsink option.

Seagate Firecuda 530

Seagate Firecuda 530

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US Seagate Firecuda 530 retailers at a glance: Amazon | Best Buy| Newegg

UK Seagate Firecuda 530 retailers at a glance: eBuyer | Overclockers | Scan

Ahead of its expected launch on August 30, retailers have started adding pre-order pages for Seagate's Firecuda 530 SSD. You can also buy one with an included heatsink, to save yourself the hassle of installing one.

Patriot Viper VP4300

Patriot VP4300

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US Patriot Viper VP4300 retailers at a glance: Amazon | Newegg

UK Patriot Viper VP4300 retailers at a glance: Amazon

The Patriot Viper VP4300 with included heatshield offers max sequential read speeds up to 7,400 MBps, a sleek design and dimensions that make it compatible with the PS5.

Nextorage NEM-PA (available soon)

Nextorage NEM-PA

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Announced by Sony, the company has made a powerful aftermarket SSD for the PS5 under its Nextorage brand. Sequential read/write speeds are claimed to be up to 7,300 / 6,900 MB/s, but pricing and a release date has not been announced just yet.

SSDs for PS5 (heatsink not included)

For ease of purchase and installation, we recommend purchasing an SSD with the heatsink included. 

However, if you do buy the drive and heatsink separately, you could save yourself some money. Here are the some solid choices.

Separate Heatsinks compatible with PS5

If you are going down this route, you need a heatsink that will fit into the dimensions of the PS5's SSD bay. Here are three options.

Jason England

Jason is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware — bringing a decade of tech and gaming journalism to the role. He specializes in making sure you never pay more than you should for PC components and tech! He has previously written for other publications like Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus and in his spare time, you'll find him looking for good dogs to pet or eating pizza in his home town of Nottingham, UK.

  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    Pro tip: Besides better endurance, the 2TB models usually have the best write speeds. Of course, Read speeds will be the most important metric, so all of these that hit 7,000 should be great for the PS5.
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