How To Install An M.2 SSD In PS5

Now that the PS5 supports M.2 SSDs for expanded storage space, you may be wondering how to go about adding an extra terabyte or two to your console. After all, the PS5's 1TB drive can fill up pretty quickly, especially with the monthly PlayStation Plus games and massive updates that regularly get released for popular online multiplayer games. Thankfully, the process for installing an M.2 SSD in your PS5 isn't very challenging. That said, it is more in depth than the Xbox Series X's plug-and-play proprietary storage solution. We've outlined the steps for installing an M.2 SSD in the PS5 below.

M.2 SSDs for PS5: What you need to know

Before we get started, we should detail a few important details. For starters, the PS5 is fairly demanding, so many NVMe SSDs will not work (at least not optimally) with the PS5. Here are the general requirements:

  • Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Sequential Read Speed: At least 5,500MB/s
  • Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, or 22110
  • Socket Type: Socket 3 (Key M)
  • Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
  • Cooling Structure: Single-sided format or double-sided heatsink
  • Total size including heatsink: less than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

You'll also need a small Philips head screwdriver to complete the installation.

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