Sony has announced the arrival of M.2 SSD support on PlayStation 5 with the next system update for beta users. Sony’s recommended PCIe Gen4 NVMe drive with a read speed of 5,500MB / s or higher should be used. Sony also recommends installing a heatsink or finding an SSD with an integrated heatsink that does not exceed 11.25mm in height.
The news was revealed on a new PS5 support page. Sony noted that the feature is only available to beta users. Due to this feature and the specifications described on the page may change before the official system software launch. No specific dates were given, with Sony simply saying the update is “imminent.”
Sony finally clarified which M.2 SSDs can and cannot be used in conjunction with the console. As expected, it must be a PCIe Gen4 NVMe drive, and Sony recommends a read speed of 5,500MB / s or higher. Both single-sided and double-sided drives are supported.
The specifications indicate that 25mm wide drives are not supported, so you need to make sure you buy a 22mm wide M.2 drive. To make sure you have the right size, look for M.2 drives labeled 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, or 22110. However, Sony warns that it cannot guarantee that all M.2 drives that meet its specifications will work with PS5.
Importantly, Sony says that any M.2 drive installed will require a heatsink to dissipate the additional heat generated by the SSD. It should be noted that many M.2 drives that can be purchased on the market do not come with built-in heatsinks, so users who want to connect and play should opt for an M.2 drive with an integrated heatsink no more than 11 high, 25 mm. Alternatively, users can purchase a separate heat sink and install it themselves.
Sony says compatible SSDs can range from 250GB to 4TB, so users will have many options to choose from in terms of capacity. A full range of M.2 SSD requirements and installation instructions can be found on the support page.
M.2 SSDs are useful for users hoping to increase the storage capacities of their system. The built-in storage devices can be used to “download, copy and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as multimedia apps”. Additionally, Sony said that games downloaded to PlayStation 5 console storage, an attached USB storage device, or M.2 SSD, can be moved freely between them.
As many games continue to grow in size, storage is becoming an increasingly complicated issue for gamers to manage on all consoles worldwide. So adding an M.2 SSD to your PlayStation 5 might seem like an attractive solution.