You can finally upgrade your SSD storage on the PS5 — a console that already demands pretty huge game file sizes. It’s a whole lot more complicated than plugging in a USB drive, however. First up, you have to be a PS5 beta user in the US, Canada, and parts of Europe. Then, you need a PCIe Gen4 SSD for reading speeds of 5,500MB/s or higher — there are options from Samsung, Western Digital, and Seagate.
But that’s not the end of things. Sony notes in its guide to SSD upgrades that you also need to factor in the PS5’s cooling mechanism. This means you might have to add a heatsink to your SSD or choose a compatible SSD with the cooling structure built-in.
Oh, it has to be the right-sized heatsink, too. And Sony suggests doing the whole installation in a well-lit room, flashlight “optional.” It literally says that.
Did you buy a next-gen console so you didn’t have to think too much about these kinds of things? Well, sorry. It’s time to measure a heatsink. The feature will roll out to non-beta PS5 users later this year.
(TLDR: The Western Digital Black SN850 heatsink model should work if you want to upgrade your PS5 storage.)
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