Supported SSD types on PS5

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Want more storage on PS5? It's a little tricky at launch

PS5 storage support has certainly been a topic of conversation since full PS5 review coverage was released. 

When it comes to PS5 internal and external storage options to expand the internal 5GB PS825 SSD, only 667,2GB of which are really accessible to gamers. Let's take a quick look at what exactly the score is after the latest system updates.

PS5 compatible SSD for internal upgrades

While there is an SSD storage expansion slot inside the PS5 that will accept M.2 SSD drives, Sony has said that the slot itself will be disabled at launch. Support for this slot was recently confirmed to be coming in Summer 2021.

“It's likely a little past [launch], so please hold on to get that M.2 drive until we hear from us,” said PS5 architect Mark Cerny in his GDC keynote in March.

In the same conversation, Cerny explained that the PS5-compatible SSD would need to provide more than 5,5GB/s of bandwidth over a PCIe Gen4 connection and be thin enough to fit into the PS5's SSD expansion bay. 

Of course, it will also need to be compatible with Sony's I/O Controller to boot, so it's definitely going to be a pretty specific list when Sony confirms the full spread of PS5 compatible SSD drives for internal updates. We started compiling a list of potential candidates and external options in our PS5 SSD guide.

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PS5 external hard drive support

As we talked about in our guide to the best PS5 external hard drives, from day one you can plug any external hard drive into your PS5 and use it for additional storage. 

You can even take your old PS4 external hard drive and plug it directly into the PS5. It will recognize all your games and then queue up any patches or updates they might need, this is handy. 

I personally bought a new SSD, a Samsung 1TB option, to set up as a dedicated PS5 drive, and internally we've also tested several HDD drives, including those already stuffed with PS4 titles, so we can confirm it's a seamless transition. 

Until a recent system update in April 2021, you could only store PS4 games on an external PS5 hard drive, but this has thankfully been fixed and you can now move PS5 games as well. 

However, you can only play PS4 games straight from an external storage solution, so you'll have to move PS5 games back to the external SSD on the PS5, as even the best SSDs for gaming today don't exactly conform to the standards. PS5 specs. giving you all the benefits of the next generation.

What you can do is go to the settings menu > Storage > Extended Storage and set all PS4 games to be automatically installed on the external drive (if there is one connected) to make sure you are using all that internal space for PS5 games. pure. 

If you have some free space, we've found that PS4 games load much faster when played directly on the PS5.

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