PS5 designer Mark Cerny shares SSD recommendation

PS5 third party SSD drive

The PS5 only has 825GB of internal storage space (Picture: Twitter)

With the console soon to allow for storage expansion, PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny reveals which SSD drive he’d go for.

Currently, the only way to expand your PlayStation 5’s storage space is through external hard drives, but at the moment they can only store PlayStation 5 games and not run them (although they do play PlayStation 4 titles). Thankfully, that will no longer be the case with new options to install third party SSDs.

The options are not available to everyone just yet (the beta upgrade is limited to specific testers), but those who already have a bunch of games for the PlayStation 5 will want to start shopping for an SSD right now in preparation.

This sort of thing can be a tad overwhelming for anyone who isn’t particularly tech savvy. Fortunately, console architect Mark Cerny himself has recommended one device in particular

Recently, Cerny shared on Twitter his choice of SSD, the WD_BLACK SN850 from Western Digital, even suggesting it for households with two active PlayStation 5 users.

While the store listing for it doesn’t mention PlayStation 5 compatibility, Western Digital did confirm with VGC that this SSD matches Sony’s requirements. Plus, it wouldn’t make sense for Cerny to recommend an SSD that doesn’t work with the console.

The cheapest option is priced at £124.99, but not only does it only offer 500GB of extra space, it doesn’t come with a heatsink either, something which is highly recommended. With a heatsink, the 500GB SSD costs £140.99. There are options for 1TB and 2TB SSDs, but the former will cost you £218.99 and the latter is £452.99 – making it slightly more expensive than a standard PlayStation 5 console.

So far, the only other manufacturer making PlayStation 5 compatible SSDs is Seagate. Much like Western Digital, a 1TB SSD with a heatsink costs roughly £200.

Installing the SSD isn’t as simple as just plugging it in either. Sony has detailed instructions of what to do on its website, but don’t go fiddling about with it until the update has been made public. Hopefully, that should happen relatively soon.

For some people, actually getting a PlayStation 5 remains difficult, although it has steadily become easier since its November launch. And despite stock shortages, the console has been a financial success for Sony, recently passing the 10 million sales mark.


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