PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny unveiled his solid state drive to expand the console’s storage.
The PS5 finally enabled SSD storage expansion this week with an update released to beta users. So far, two manufacturers have confirmed that the drives are compatible with Sony’s long list of requirements: Seagate and Western Digital.
In a tweet, Cerny, who designed the PS5 hardware alongside the PS4 and Vita, revealed that he chose the latter brand and bought a WD_BLACK SN850 with a heatsink.
Manufacturer Western Digital first confirmed to VGC that its premium SSD is PlayStation 5 compatible earlier this week. The SN850 retails for $ 139.99 / £ 140.99 for 500GB, $ 249.99 / £ 218.99 for 1TB, and $ 429.99 / £ 452.99 for 2TB.
There are slightly cheaper versions available without heatsinks, but Sony recommends choosing SSDs with the latter included.
Cerny also appears to have blessed the FireCuda 530 SSD made by Seagate on Sunday. Twitter Engineer liked the tweet asking if a competing drive was also a good option for expanding the PlayStation 5’s internal storage.
Seagate was the first storage maker to announce that one of its SSDs is compatible with the PS5. Its FireCuda 530 with heatsink attached will retail for $ 169.99 for 500GB, $ 274.99 for 1TB, $ 569.99 for 2TB, and $ 1,049.99 for 4TB.
Sony released a complete set of requirements for compatible SSDs this week, but stressed that even some SSDs that meet those 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 PS4 games and can also store PS5 games that are not currently in use, so they can be copied to the console’s main SSD storage when they’re ready to play.
To expand the main SSD storage for PS5 gaming, players will need to buy a Sony-compliant high-speed M.2 SSD and attach it to the console’s internal SSD mount, which is currently inactive for all but beta users. …
The only current Xbox Series X / S SSD storage expansion solution is Seagate’s dedicated storage expansion card, which costs $ 219 for 1TB.