Should I buy a replacement SSD for PS5?

Firecuda 530 Ssd Hero
Firecuda 530 Ssd Hero (Image credit: Jennifer Locke / Android Central)

Best answer: Yes, but be very careful and do your research. Sony can't guarantee that all SSDs meeting its listed requirements will be fully compatible with PS5. You'll want to make sure the SSDs in question were tested and that the manufacturer states they're compatible.

What's the difference between an SSD and HDD?

To make it as simple as possible: SSDs are much faster, usually smaller, and cost more than HDDs. SSDs use flash storage to read and write information, while HDDs have mechanical parts that physically read and write information.

If you look at the PS5 vs. PS4 Pro, which uses an HDD, the PS5 is lightning fast in comparison.

Should I buy an internal or external SSD?

Now that Sony has enabled expanded storage for PS5, you should definitely buy an internal SSD. There's a dedicated slot for one next to its fan and across from the disc drive after taking off the white plate. The problem is that it can be tricky figuring out which models are compatible. You can read the complete list of requirements below, and as PlayStation notes, M.2 SATA SSDs are not supported.

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InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250GB – 4TB
Cooling structureHeatsink (single or double-sided)
Sequential read speed5,500MB/s or faster
Module width22mm width
Form factorM.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110
Socket sizeSocket 3 (Key M)
Length30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm
HeightLess than 11.25mm
Total size w/ cooling structureSmaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

Now, if you want just to store and play your PS4 games, that's different storage. All backward-compatible PS4 games can be played from an external SSD connected via USB. This is a great way to free up that precious SSD space in your system because you want to save that for PS5 titles.

What's the best SSD for PS5?

There are several great SSDs that are compatible with PS5, but when it comes to the best SSD for PS5, we'd have to recommend either the WD Black SN850 or the Seagate FireCuda 530. Both offer comparable performance to the PS5's built-in SSD, meaning you get blazingly fast load times, and they also have heatsinks already attached. Should you purchase an SSD without a heatsink, you'll want to get one separately so that it doesn't overheat.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.