The PlayStation 5 is one epic gaming console for the players.
But you’re limited to 1TB (actually just under, as the OS gobbled up some of that space). And while 1TB might sound like an ample amount of storage to hoard your gaming goodness. It’s not.
Given that new Triple AAA titles can be upwards of 80GB once fully installed your 800GB or so of actual console storage space gets chewed up real quick.
And before you know it you’re deleting and installing every time you want to play a new game. And this eats up precious game time. Yes you can add external storage to the PlayStation 5 via USB. But this is only for storing games. To play, they need to be on the consoles drive. So again enacting transfers eats up time.
Western Digital have offered up a solution for us space strapped players, the officially licensed WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD for PlayStation 5. An SSD that ticks the requirements set by Sony offering up speeds of 7,000MB/s read and 5,300MB/s write. The WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD also has a heatsink.
You’ll need to some DIY. So here’s the tricky bit.
You can add the WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD in to your console and double the storage, or go even higher (the WD_Black NVMe SSD PlayStation range goes up to 4TB).
My advice here is that if you’re not confident to do the upgrade yourself, get a professional, certified and experienced technician to install the WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD in to your console for for you. While there a lot of tutorials out there on how to do it yourself on the web and YouTube (even PlayStation provide a video on it, which we have added below), if you somehow screw it up, you risk voiding your warranty.
The WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD slots in there nice and snug and once the console is powered back on you’ll be prompted to format the new drive.
Once the format is complete you can begin to use as you would the consoles internal storage and play from your now max’d out PS5. While the console sees the new WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD as an additional drive, it qualifies it as an extension of its original. Meaning it is not treated like a USB connected external. Load your games up and play. You’re good to go.
Having had the opportunity to place a 1TB WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD in to my PlayStation 5 for this review I’ve had zero issues, no lag, no hiccups or grumpiness from the OS and as for speeds, as fluid and fast (if not a bit faster) than the consoles factory SSD.
If you’re a PlayStation player, you really do owe it to yourself to beef up your consoles storage space.
There’s nothing more frustrating than having mates over, deciding on a game, then finding you’ll have to spend the entire night doing console admin, deleting, transferring and downloading large volumes of data., just to play.
Western Digital’s WD_Black SN850P NVMe SSD , your PlayStation 5 needs one.