PS5 M.2 SSD Support Releasing In Upcoming System Update Beta
Over half a year after the launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony is finally getting around to adding support for M.2 SSD storage solutions. The PS5 company has announced that said support will be coming to the console in an upcoming system software update, initially for beta users.
As reported by IGN, Sony recently took to its PS5 support page to make the long-anticipated announcement. As noted by Sony, M.2 SSD storage support will only be available for beta users, as the feature itself and certain specs may be altered prior to the launch of the official non-beta software. Unfortunately no release window is provided, though the support being released for beta users implies that it won’t be much longer before average PS5 users are able to chuck a few terabytes into their consoles via the M.2 sticks.
For even more good news, Sony also finally detailed exactly which M.2 SSD drives are allowed to be used with the PS5. Said drives have to be PCIe Gen4 NVMe, and Sony states that read speeds should be 5,5000MB/s or faster. The capacity allowance needs to be between 250GB and 4TB, and single and double-sided drives are both supported. One caveat to take note of is that Sony recommends the user’s M.2 SSD have some sort of heat dissipation, such as a heatsink. Some M.2 SSDs come with heatsinks built in, so that should save users the headache of having to find a compatible one to attach themselves. Just make sure to find one with a heatsink no taller than 11.25mm.
“The majority of M.2 SSD devices with the above type numbers (M Key Type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110) and without a built-in cooling structure will fit the PS5 console’s SSD slot,” Sony details further down the page. “However, sizes for cooling structures (like heatsinks) vary greatly. If you are not sure an M.2 SSD or cooling structure (such as a heatsink) you’re considering meets the size requirements outlined here, we recommend looking for another product option or contacting the vendor or manufacturer for more information.”
Full M.2 SSD requirements and installation instructions can be found right here. Keep in mind that the device won’t work unless you’ve downloaded the system update beta. It is recommended that users wait until said update comes out of beta, that way users will have full knowledge on which M.2 SSD’s are the best picks for their consoles.
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