which SSDs are compatible with the console?

Finally, the PS5 allows the addition of an M.2 NVMe SSD in order to increase its storage capacity. However, some compatibility criteria should be taken into account. We suggest you first review them and then in the second part of this buying guide, to see which M.2 SSDs are compatible with the Sony console.

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While the PS5 officially supports M.2 SSD support since July 29, this new feature is currently being rolled out via a beta version of the console’s firmware. Only certain users in the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany and France can currently take advantage of it.

What are the prerequisites for installing an M.2 SSD to the PS5?

Sony has already announced some compatibility criteria so that the M.2 type SSD is compatible with the PS5. Before proceeding with the purchase, here are the conditions required to be respected:

Interface : M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD

Capacity : 250 GB to 4 TB

Cooling structure : To use an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console, it must have an efficient heat dissipation system with a cooling structure, such as a heat sink. You can add one yourself to your M.2 SSD, whether it is single-sided or double-sided. There are also M.2 SSDs with built-in cooling structures (like heat sinks).

Sequential read speed : at least 5500MB / s recommended

Module width : 22 mm (25 mm max with heatsink included)

Format : 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 (type M.2). The first two digits are for width, while the remaining digits are for length.

Socket type : Socket 3 (M key)

Dimensions : The total dimensions with the cooling structure should not exceed 110mm (length) x 25mm (width) x 11.25mm (height). Regarding the length of the SSD, they can be according to the type of format: 80 mm, 42 mm, 60 mm, 80 mm, or 110 mm. For width, a 22mm wide M.2 SSD is required and the total size including additional cooling structure should not exceed 25mm. Below, you can find the full specifications made available by Sony regarding the dimensions of M.2 SSDs.

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specifications dimensions SSD PS5
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specifications dimensions SSD PS5
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Read also: Best SATA Internal SSDs, M.2 NVMe 2021: Which Model to Choose?

Which M.2 SSDs are compatible with the PS5?

M.2 SSDs officially compatible with the PS5

At the moment, only a few M.2 SSDs are officially compatible with the PS5. We have listed them below. In general, the performances they deliver are almost similar. The Seagate FireCuda 530 is a bit more powerful than the WD SN850 and the Gigabyte Aorus 7000s, since it offers a speed of 7300 MB / s against 7000 MB / s for the latter two.

Western Digital Black SN850

WD Black SN850

The 4th generation Western Digital Black SN850 SSD, whose compatibility has been confirmed by Mark Cerby, chief architect at Sony, offers a read speed of 7000 MB / s. With capacities ranging from 500 GB to 2 TB, this model is therefore perfectly suited to the Sony console. Here are the prices offered by Amazon according to the storage capacity:

  • 500 GB at € 185.02
  • 1 TB at € 322.07
  • 2 TB at € 559.69

In addition, it also includes a heat sink and meets the specification for the required dimensions so that it can be installed in the console.

Gigabyte Aorus 7000S

Gigabyte Aorus 7000s

The manufacturer Gibabyte also offers an M.2 SSD solution compatible with the PS5. This is the Gigabyte Aorus 7000S PCI-Express 4.0 x4 interface model to which you will have to turn. Just like the WD Black SN850, it offers a read speed of 7000MB / s and 6850MB / s write (depending on models).

Its radiator is composed of nanocarbon and aluminum in order to offer improved heat dissipation for always top performance. The 1 TB version is available at € 242.85 on the Amazon side.

Seagate FireCuda 530

Firecuda 530 Seagate

The most powerful but also the first officially certified SSD compatible with the PS5, the Firecuda 530 from Seagate offers a reading speed of up to 7300 MB / s. Largely above the prerequisites of 5500 MB / s that Sony recommends.

Like the models presented above, it is equipped with a heat sink for optimal cooling. It is available in several storage capacities ranging from 500 GB to 4 TB and prices between 180 and 1180 €.

M.2 SSDs unofficially compatible with the PS5

Now that we have reviewed the SSDs officially compatible with the PS5, here are some models that are also supported by the console from Sony. There is no need for an SSD to be certified compatible with the PS5 in order for it to work properly with the latter. It just needs to meet the minimum specifications imposed by Sony.

Among the models that are suitable, we find the Samsung 980 Pro, the PNY XLR8 CS3140 or even the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (delivered without heat sink). Finally, note that SSDs in M.2 SATA format are not compatible with the PS5.

Samsung 980 pro

Samsung 980 pro

The Samsung 980 Pro SSD is in 2280 format and offers read speeds of 7000 MB / s. It is therefore compatible without any problem with the Sony console. Just like the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, it will be necessary to equip yourself separately with a technical heatsink since Samsung does not offer one with its SSD. This SSD is offered in the following storage capacities: 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. The price ranges are between 80 and 450 € approximately.



Another M.2 SSD model unofficially compatible with the PS5, the PNY XLR8 CS3140. The latter has been available since early 2021 and is proving to be one of the fastest and most efficient on the market. The latter is therefore logically compatible with the PS5. Pay attention to the heatsink supplied since, depending on the model, it is not suitable for the Sony console. It can be found in storage capacities of 1, 2 and 4 TB at prices between 230 and 690 €.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus

Sabrent Rocket 4 plus

If you do not know Sabrent yet, know that it is a manufacturer that offers SSDs at very aggressive prices, but still very high quality. The Rocket 4 Plus model is an M.2 SSD that offers read speeds capable of theoretically reaching 7000 MB / s, guaranteeing compatibility with the PS5.

Just like the Samsung 980 Pro, it comes without a heat sink and will therefore need to be equipped separately. Even if the brand offers one, it seems that it is too large to be installed in the PS5. Pricing level, the 1 TB model is € 219.99, that of 2 TB at € 469.99 and finally, that of 4 TB at € 999.00.

Read also: PS5 test: crazy loading times, unprecedented gaming performance, Sony is a game-changer

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These prices were updated on 08/02/2021 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.

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These prices were updated on 08/02/2021 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.

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