SSDs

The best NVMe SSDs for the PS5

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SSD Price
MP600 PRO LPX
500GB
$76.99
Amazon
WD_BLACK SN850
500GB with Heatsink
$79.99
Amazon
$79.99
Best Buy
FireCuda 530
500GB with Heatsink
$89.99
Best Buy
$89.99
Amazon
NEM-PA
1TB
$89.99
Amazon
MP600 PRO LPX
1TB
$94.99
Best Buy
$107.99
Amazon
980 Pro
1TB with Heatsink
$119.00
Amazon
FireCuda 530
1TB with Heatsink
$129.99
Amazon
$129.99
Best Buy
Rocket 4 Plus
1TB with Heatsink
$129.99
Amazon
MP600 PRO LPX
2TB
$179.99
Best Buy
$199.99
Amazon
AORUS Gen4 7000s
1TB with Heatsink
$205.95
Amazon
Rocket 4 Plus
2TB with Heatsink
$209.99
Amazon
FireCuda 530
2TB with Heatsink
$239.99
Best Buy
$239.99
Amazon
980 Pro
2TB with Heatsink
$249.99
Amazon
AORUS Gen4 7000s
2TB with Heatsink
$265.99
Amazon
FireCuda 530
4TB with Heatsink
$529.99
Best Buy
$529.99
Amazon
NEM-PA
4TB
$549.99
Amazon
Rocket 4 Plus
4TB with Heatsink
$609.99
Amazon
Samsung
980 Pro NVMe SSD
1TB with Heatsink
2TB with Heatsink
Gigabyte
AORUS Gen4 7000s NVMe SSD
1TB with Heatsink
2TB with Heatsink
Seagate
FireCuda 530 NVMe SSD
Nextorage
NEM-PA NVMe SSD
Sabrent
Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSD
1TB with Heatsink
2TB with Heatsink
4TB with Heatsink

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.

What kind of SSD do I need?

There are a couple of non-negotiable requirements.

  1. The SSD must be an M.2 NVMe SSD with a Socket 3 connector, not an M.2 SATA SSD

  2. The SSD must fit inside the internal SSD slot of the PlayStation 5 – this might seem painfully obvious, but we've seen enough people get this wrong that we have to mention it

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.

What's the best NVMe SSD for the PS5?

While there are differences in performance and cooling capability across the SSDs on this shortlist, it's all inside baseball.

Prices constantly fluctuate, and there's nothing that's so much better than the competition that it's worth paying a premium for. Any drive listed on this page meets the requirements – just get the cheapest option available in the size you need and forget about it.

Can I use an external SSD with the PS5?

You can connect an external SSD to your PS5, with one major limitation – you cannot play a PS5 game directly from an external drive. You will need to copy the game back to either the PS5's internal storage or an internal SSD. PS4 games can be played directly from an external drive – so if you have one lying around, it could be a good way to free up some additional storage space for PS5 games.

How to install an SSD in the PS5

How much storage do I need?

The PS5 supports drives up to 4TB, but we strongly recommend you avoid buying a 4TB drive due to the premium you pay over 1TB and 2TB options. 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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