Hardware manufacturer Gigabyte is the last company to confirm SSD compatibility with PlayStation 5.
The firm has confirmed that its Aorus Gen 4 7000 series solid state drive meets Sony’s listed requirements for compatibility with a next-generation console. The 1TB Aorus SSD currently sells for around $ 200 / £ 185, while the 2TB is priced at $ 400 / £ 370.
The Gigabyte’s price tag is slightly lower than the other two SSDs confirmed to be PS5 compatible from Seagate and Western Digital, although still pricey considering the PS5 itself retails for $ 400 (digital) and $ 500 (standard).
Western Digital SN850 SSD retails for $ 139.99 / £ 140.99 for 500GB, $ 249.99 / £ 218.99 for 1TB and $ 429.99 / £ 452.99 for 2 TB.
Seagate’s FireCuda 530 with heatsink attached costs $ 169.99 for 500GB, $ 274.99 for 1TB, $ 569.99 for 2TB, and $ 1,049.99 for 4TB.
The PS5 finally enabled SSD storage expansion this week with an update released to beta users.
In the meantime, Sony has posted a full set of requirements for compatible SSDs, but stressed that even some SSDs that meet these requirements may still not work. Thus, it is the storage manufacturer’s responsibility to confirm SSD compatibility.
Expanding storage has been one of the most requested features since the PS5’s launch last November, but its rollout has been hampered by the need for off-the-shelf drives that would match the high specs of the PS5’s own high-speed SSD.
While players can currently connect an external drive to the PlayStation 5 via USB, they cannot play PS5 games.
They can only be used for playing PS4 games, and can also store PS5 games that are not currently in use so that they can be copied to the console’s main SSD storage when they’re ready to play.