The best M.2 SSDs for your PlayStation 5

Once you’ve got beta firmware, all you need is a ridiculously fast SSD.

When Sony announced the PlayStation 5, it revealed that the console would have expandable storage, and that this would come in the form of a standard M.2 NVMe drive, as opposed to the Xbox Series X’s proprietary expansion cards.


However, despite using a standard interface, Sony has insisted that the PlayStation 5 would only work with SSDs that roughly match the speed of the 825GB of internal storage. In other words, the bar is pretty high.

So, once you install the latest beta firmware from Sony that unlocks the M.2 functionality, you’ll need a particular class of SSD known as a Gen 4 NVMe.

Without getting too technical, the “Gen 4” moniker just means that the SSD connects over PCI Express version 4. Not all Gen 4 SSDs will work, however, which is why Sony goes out its way to say that you’ll need something with at least 5,500MB/s of read speed.


NVMe requirements:

- Capacity: 250GB - 4TB

- PCIe Gen 4

- 5,500MB/s of read speed

- A heatsink (can use an after-market heatsink)

- Socket 3 (Key M)


Samsung 980 Pro

In some ways Samsung’s 980 Pro is an obvious choice — it’s a state-of-the-art Gen 4 NVMe drive capable of 7,000 / 5,000MB/s reads / writes — but you’ll need to add your own heatsink.

See at Newegg

WD_Black 1TB SN850

True to its name, this gaming SSD from Western Digital has the performance you’ll need and has a heatsink that will fit into the M.2 space. This one should be plug-and-play.

See at Newegg

Seagate FireCuda 530

The Seagate FireCuda comes with its own heatsink and fits in the M.2 bay area of the PlayStation 5. Its read speeds are high enough, and should also be plug-and-play.

See on Amazon

Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4 Plus

Note that even though they look very similar, the Sabrent Rocket 4 doesn’t quite have the performance required by the PS5, but the 4 Plus version does. For the price you’d almost certainly be better served by Samsung’s 980 Pro, but if everything is out of stock, technically this NVMe should work. You’ll also need a heatsink.

See at Newegg

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