PlayStation 5: These Are the Best Compatible SSDs for Your Console

Published 07/30/2021, 12:43 PM EDT
Living room with a Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console and DualSense controller alongside a television, taken on Novemebr 3, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images via Getty Images)


PlayStation 5 has been out and about for nearly a year now. Despite being out in the market for months, fans are still finding it quite difficult to acquire because of the pertinent scalping activities. Moreover, the owners were actively looking for ways to customize their devices but similar options were not available for hardware.

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In a rather surprising turn of events, Sony has announced that owners can install third-party SSDs. In addition to that, the studio also laid down guidelines that owners need to follow before choosing an SSD.

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SIE won’t be responsible for any damages to your PlayStation 5 device

According to a report by Gamespot, the studio will not take responsibility if anything goes wrong. In the recent blog post, the studio answered several FAQs and also went into great length to explain what SSD drives are. The studio has warned the users that have installed the beta system software will be able to take advantage of the system. Other users should refrain from making any changes to the system and ensure they update their consoles.

This additional SSD storage system will allow you to install more games on your drive and it will also boost boot-up speed. The studio shared a simple three-step guideline for users that they can use to install new SSDs.

  • A well-lit room with a table to work on.
  • A #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver.
  • A small flashlight (optional).

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Moreover, if you are looking to take advantage of the latest beta system upgrade, then ensure that new SSDs match the following requirements.

  • Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Sequential Read Speed: At least 5,500MB/s
  • Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, or 22110
  • Socket Type: Socket 3 (Key M)
  • Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
  • Cooling Structure: Requires either in a single-sided format, or double-sided heatsink
  • Total size including heatsink: less than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

However, not every SSD drive that meets the aforementioned requirement will offer the desired performance. Owners should take precautions and conduct thorough research before taking up this project.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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