Need more PS5 storage? Here’s how to pick the right M.2 SSD – CNET

Sony PlayStation 5 owners who are running out of storage space now have another storage option. Besides just adding an external drive (for PS4 games), there’s now a beta program that will allow users to expand their PS5 storage using specific M.2 SSDs. 

If you’ve gone poking around inside the PS5, you might have noticed an extra drive slot inside. It’s previously been locked, but now PSN members who sign up for beta software test features can try adding an extra internal SSD for more PS5 game storage capacity. 

In order to participate in the PS5 beta program you must meet these qualifications, according to Sony:

  • You must be 18 or older.
  • You must be located in one of these countries: the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, France or Germany.
  • You must have a valid PSN account in good standing with a current email address.

For those who already have an M.2 drive in hand, check out our how-to-install video below:

Sony has listed some specific guidelines as to what types of drives the PS5 will support, but not specific model recommendations. Based on the published specs, however, the SSD drive options listed below should all work. We’re in the process of testing some of them, including the 4TB Seagate FireCuda 530, which we installed in this how-to feature

Samsung

This Samsung 980 Pro 1TB drive needs a separate heatsink, but it’s currently on sale at an excellent price for a fast 1TB drive. 

Seagate

Ready to go and available in 1-, 2- and 4-terabyte sizes. Note that due to its popularity, this particular Seagate FireCuda drive has frequently been out of stock, so there may be no buy link below.

Gigabyte

Available in 1TB SSD and 2TB capacities, the Gigabyte will work in your PS5 out of the box. 

Amazon

You can get the WD Black in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. It already has a slim heatsink on it so you should be all set.

Sabrent

For the more tech-savvy, you’ll need to add a low-profile heatsink to it. It is available in 1, 2 and 4TB.

XPG

You’ll need to replace the heatsink on this SSD with a slimmer spreader. It’s available in 1 and 2TB.


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