Unlike the Xbox Series X and its proprietary solution, the PlayStation 5 features a standard internal M.2 SSD slot for user-expandable storage.
This means there's plenty of options available, though you'll need to open up your precious PS5. Don’t be too scared though – the hardest part for us was figuring out how to slide the plastic cover off.
While in some cases it’s possible to add a third-party heatsink to an SSD and still fit inside the PS5, we strongly recommend you opt for an SSD which includes the heatsink. Prices have come down significantly in the last six months.
The most innovative solution is from Sabrent, which designed a heatsink specifically for the PS5. Rather than fit inside the SSD compartment, it replaces the cover altogether and promises far greater cooling capabilities as a result.
Sony recommends using a drive with a sequential read speed of 5,500MB/s or more, but Digital Foundry tested a WD_BLACK SN750 SE, which is the slowest drive they could find which met all other technical requirements – and found basically imperceptible differences in load times and performance across a number of titles.
Novelty aside, we still recommend you go for a faster drive, as surely a Sony studio will eventually put out a title which needs it.
The PS5 supports drives up to 4TB, but a modest 1TB will likely have most people covered for quite some time, with two exceptions:
Your internet connection is so slow, or your download quota is so limited, that re-downloading anything is just not an option
You're a big-time game collector and want everything on your shelf installed on your PS5
Certain AAA games are pushing 100GB these days, with first-party titles Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 both requiring north of 90GB, but the average is still much lower than that. For what it's worth, I have 28 PS5 titles installed totalling 1,030GB, which works out to an average of 36.8GB. We're working on adding install sizes for the entire PS5 library to our database, so stay tuned!
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