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How To Expand PS5 SSD Storage

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The PS5 allows you to add an extra M.2 NVMe SSD to your console very soon via an internal slot, and for now, the feature is out now in beta. Unlike Microsoft’s solution, which is a Seagate expansion card plugged into the back, Sony provides you the choice of a variety of different drives from third-party companies.

Sony’s plan provides for more flexibility in how you expand your PS5 storage but is forced by a list that the company supports beforehand. That’s to guarantee that the SSD you buy matches the minimum 5.5 GB/s bandwidth, only provided by brand-new PCIe 4.0 SSDs that companies like Samsung and Western Digital have begun delivering.

Sony hasn’t revealed any compatible SSDs for the PS5. We do know the specifications needed for the drives, but we cannot say for sure that drives that meet these will work in the system till they have been examined and approved by Sony.

The side panels of the PS5 can effortlessly pop off with no tools needed, showing an empty SSD slot on one side. That slot features support for the whole gamut of SSD lengths, including 2230, 2242, 2260, and 2280 standard sizes. You must use a heatsink with the drive you choose, either preinstalled by the company or one you add one yourself. The Sony support page covers diagrams showing built-in heatsinks as well as one-sided and two-sided heatsinks.

 

PS5 M.2 SSD Requirements

The list of requirements come directly from Sony

Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD

Capacity: 250GB – 4TB

Cooling structure: Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built-in.

Sequential read speed: 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended

Module width: 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)

Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.

These numbers can be found on retail listings for M.2 SSD devices. The first two digits refer to the width, the remaining digits to the length.

Socket type: Socket 3 (Key M)

The total size including cooling structure:

In millimeters: smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).

In inches: smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H).

See below for full requirements.

Length

The following M.2 SSD lengths are compatible with PS5 consoles:

30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm (corresponding to the form factor type, per above).

Width

A 22mm-wide M.2 SSD module is required.

The total structure (including an added cooling structure) cannot exceed 25mm (0.984in).

Height

The total height of the M.2 SSD and its cooling structure (such as a heatsink) – whether built-in or separate – must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).

The height must also be in the right place, in relation to the M.2 SSD’s circuit board:

  • The size below the board must be less than 2.45mm (0.096in).
  • The total size above the board must be less than 8mm (0.314in).

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Installing M.2 SDD In PS5

Installing your M.2 will differ slightly depending on the model you’ve selected, but make sure your system is fully updated and because it’s only possible in beta right now, make sure the new beta release is installed. Turn off the system, unplug it, pop off the outside panel with the disc slot if on a regular system or the “right” one on a digital console, and you’ll see the drive slot under the fan. Remove the screws, adjust the spacer based on your own drive’s size, and then insert the drive diagonally before dropping it onto the screw hole.

Once that’s finished, screw it into place, reattach the cover, and pop the outer panel back on your console before turning your system back on. You’ll have to format your drive on startup, just as you would any other drive.

From “Settings” and “Storage” on your PS5, you’ll see an “installation location” option with the M.2 installed correctly. This will let you choose to download games there directly, and you can also move games there from either the internal storage that came with your system or a USB drive.

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