- The fast PS5 storage is limited to 825GB, and gamers will need to upgrade it with a compatible M.2 SSD drive solution compatible with Sony’s speed requirements.
- Samsung just announced the 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, which seems to be the only fast SSD that meets Sony’s expanded PS5 storage capacity needs.
- The external storage must be at least as fast as a custom PS5 drive to support upcoming PS5 games.
PS5 comes with a custom SSD, and its speed is up to 5.5GB/s, which is more than twice the 2.4GB/s of Xbox Series X/S. But this is where the good news ends. Since it is a custom SSD, the manufacturing cost is also higher, which forces Sony to have an unusual 825GB drive size on both PS5 and Digital Edition.
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This brought us to the SSD announcement on Tuesday, which provides us with the only fast external SSD drive option so far, and you should consider upgrading your PS5’s storage.
As Sony said on the stage a few months ago, external drives must match the 5.5GB/s speed of internal storage, which means you will need PCIe 4.0 drives that are not yet widely used.
Samsung just announced such a product candidate, the 980 PRO SSD, which can provide “higher levels” of performance for games and high-end PC applications.
This is the company’s first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, which will support sequential read and write speeds of up to 7GB/s and 5GB/s, and random read and write speeds of up to 1,000K IOPS. Samsung said that the new 980 PRO SSD is twice faster than PCIe SSD and 12.7 times faster than SATA SSD. The announcement stated that the drive is “ideal for consumers and professionals who use 4K and 8K content and play heavy graphics games.”
Samsung has designed key components internally, including Elpis controller, V-NAND and DRAM. Samsung said the drive also comes with “excellent thermal control solutions to improve reliability,” which includes a nickel coating on the controller and a heat sink label on the back instead of an external heat sink. Samsung said: “These innovative heat dissipation features also enable the drive to maintain its compact, slim M.2 size.” It is hoped that the drive can fit into a PS5 external SSD bay, which Sony has not yet detailed.
The 980 PRO SSD will come in a variety of sizes, starting from 250GB to 2TB. The starting price of 250GB storage space is 89.99 US dollars, the starting price of 1TB mode storage space is 229.99 US dollars. The 2TB version will be available later this year.
We still need to wait for Sony to confirm whether the Samsung 980 PRO SSD meets the needs of PS5, but it is certain that this is the only SSD storage solution you should consider expanding PS5 storage.