Sony has finally confirmed the requirements for an SSD compatible with PS5, its next-generation console. Many users of the console were eagerly awaiting this information, and is that, in the end, have 825 GB of storage capacity, of which only remain free about 660 GB, makes it almost mandatory to consider expanding its capacity by adding an SSD.
To be able to install an SSD compatible with PS5 we will have to wait for the release of the next major firmware update that will receive the console. Its arrival date has not yet been specified, but it is already in beta, so we can say that its arrival is almost around the corner, and that the forecasts that pointed to this summer will be fulfilled. It goes without saying that if we try to install an SSD without having updated, it will not work.
Before we get into the requirements for a PS5 compatible SSD, I want to remind you that PS5 comes pre-configured with an SSD that is capable of 5.5GB/sec. That level of performance is completely out of reach for PCIE Gen3 x4 drives, which means that only those based on the PCIE Gen4 x4 standard will perform at their best on Sony’s console.
Requirements for a PS5-compatible SSD
Obviously, it has to be an M.2 form factor drive, it has to be compatible with the PCIE Gen4 x4 NVMe standard, and Sony recommends 5.5GB/s sequential read speed. On this topic, it is important to note that this is a recommended value, that is, in theory it is not a minimum requirement, so we could mount an SSD with a lower speed, although obviously we could experience performance issues, especially in those exclusives designed to take full advantage of the original PS5 SSD.
A PS5-compatible SSD can use the different variants that come in the M.2 form factor, namely the 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 versions. In terms of capacity, Sony states that we can only install SSDs with a minimum capacity of 250GB, and with a maximum capacity of 4TB. This means that if we try to mount a 128 GB drive it shouldn’t work, at least in theory, since when we put it in context we see that it acts as required by the manufacturer.This is a seemingly exclusive requirement.
Another essential requirement that every PS5 compatible SSD must meet is to have a passive cooling system. If we try to install an SSD that does not have such a cooling system, it will work if it meets the other requirements, but we will end up having problems due to heat buildup and high operating temperatures. That’s, at least, what Sony implies by listing this requirement.
Otherwise, the SSD must be less than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H) including the passive cooling system. As a reminder, PS5 does not support Host Memory Buffer technology, so those SSDs that do support it may offer sub-par performance.
It will be interesting to see how a PS5-compatible SSD that doesn’t reach 5.5GB/s performs, and what impact it will have on exclusive titles with a high dependency on such a storage unit.