As I was trying to clear up my internal storage on my PS5 earlier this morning to make way for some new games, I found myself being annoyed by the process of deciding what to keep on the internal SSD and what to delete. With Sony having recently revealed a new beta program for PlayStation 5 owners, I figured it would be a matter of time before we saw features begin to populate the program.
Today’s announcement that the next beta will include the ability to swap the internal SSD for something bigger and Sony has launched a guide on how to swap out the internal M.2 SSD expansion, which will be enabled via an upcoming PS5 system software update. It isn’t as simple as buying a compatible product and swapping out the drive, for one, the M.2 SSD must use a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD interface and have a minimum capacity of at least 250GB and a heatsink is required when using the drive on your PlayStation 5 to dissipate any heat from the console. There’s also a minimum read speed of 5,500MBs or faster and the structure can’t exceed 22mm wide and 11.25mm tall.
Sony also made it clear that it cannot guarantee that all M.2 SSD devices meeting the described specifications will work with your console and assumes no responsibility for the selection, performance or use of third-party products”.
If you’re interested in trying this out before the feature arrives for everyone, check you can sign up for the beta. Once you’re accepted and purchase the right M.2 SSD and heatsink, you will need a Phillips screwdriver and some patience to remove the console’s cover to insert the drive.
It’s good to remember that this type of storage is costly and will set you back some coin as it is still a new technology and we’re far from it being readily used in most products.
We’ve also received confirmation that Seagate’s new FireCuda 530 NVMe m.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD will be compatible with PlayStation 5.
“We have done some testing with Sony on the PlayStation 5 and today we can confirm that the FireCuda 530 with the heatsink has met all the PS5 requirements,” says Jeff Park of Seagate. With the PS5 design, the SSD card slot is very narrow, so there’s not much room for the SSD to mount. However, with the FireCuda 530 – even with the heatsink on the top – the slim design allows for it to fit. Of course, the FireCuda 530 without the heatsink is slimmer, so both of them will fit into the PS5.”