Best SSD's for PS5

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If you're looking to expand your internal PS5 storage, here's everything you need to know about the M.2 SSD expansion upgrade.

Sony has started testing compatibility between consumer SSD drives and the PlayStation 5 , allowing users to finally expand their internal storage on the latest console. 

This is different from Microsoft's approach to Xbox Series X | S., which uses a proprietary storage card for internal memory expansion, courtesy of Seagate. 

The objective of the Sony is to give you more freedom to decide which drive suits you best, but now you need to make sure that the one you choose meets some strict specifications.

Importantly, the firmware update you need to enable internal storage expansion is currently only in beta. This means that Sony hasn't released its own list of SSDs that it has evaluated for use and can only guide you towards SSD options that might work based on your console's requirements. 

Na Sony's official page for the update , it should be noted that even SSDs that meet the stated specifications may not work as intended and that SIE is not responsible for purchases you make that end up not being compatible with your PS5.

Until Sony releases its own approved list or more PS5 players are able to test certain SSDs first hand, you should be warned that any apparently compatible SSDs may not work when the firmware is finally made available to everyone. 

That said, some manufacturers are already claiming that their SSDs will be compatible when that time comes, with Seagate confirming that its FireCuda 530 line of M.2 drives will work with the console.

PS5 M.2 SSD Requirements

All SSDs will need to adhere to the following specifications for PS5 compatibility:

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  • Interface : SSD PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe
  • Sequential read speed : hair less 5.500 MB / s
  • Form factor : type M.2 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110
  • Socket Type : Socket 3 (M key)
  • Capacity : 250 GB - 4 TB
  • cooling structure : Requires a single-sided form factor or dual-sided heatsink
  • Full size including heatsink : less than 110mm (C) x 25mm (L) x 11,25mm (H)

Any SSD you install will have to include a heatsink as well, which is important to note as not all NVMe SSDs ship with them. 

Additionally, some compatible SSDs may ship with a heatsink that violates the size restrictions, meaning you'll need to remove it and replace it with a third-party option if that's the case.

Best PS5 M.2 SSD Options So Far

There's a lot to consider right now when trying to choose a suitable storage option, but we've rounded up some potentially good selections based on the specs provided by Sony. Note that none of them have been personally tested yet, so we can't say for sure if they will be compatible with current beta firmware.

Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD $ 255 See on Amazon

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Gigabyte AORUS 7000s 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD (R$ 2.516,55) Veja na Magalu

WD_BLACK SN850 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD (R$ 1.859,90) See on Kabum

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD (requires shorter heatsink) R$ 3.827,99 Check out Here

Samsung 980 Pro 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD (requires heatsink) R$ 1.961,85 See on Amazon

For more options for expanding your PS5's storage, check out our guide to the 
best external hard drives and SSDs, which can store PS5 games when you are not playing games to free up space on your internal SSD. 

You can also store and play PS4 games directly from an external USB drive. 
They are usually much cheaper, and if you plan on waiting until Sony has an official list of recommended internal SSDs, they can help free up space on your console in the meantime.
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