Sony Prepares for PS5 M.2 SSD Expansion Update with Detailed Specifications and Installation Instructions

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Sony has published a support page that shows how PlayStation 5 owners can add an M.2 SSD to their next-gen console. The implication is that one of the system’s most highly anticipated features will be added very soon, possibly as part of the PS5 system software beta program’s next update. According to Sony’s support page, users who are interested in upgrading their storage should look for PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD drives ranging from 250 GB to 4 TB with M.2 types 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110. The M.2 SSD should also feature a heat sink to ensure that temperatures don’t get out of control. As for tools, all that’s needed is a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver.

Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD

Capacity: 250GB – 4TB

Cooling structure: Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.

Sequential read speed: 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended 

Module width: 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)

Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.
These numbers can be found on retail listings for M.2 SSD devices. The first two digits refer to the width, the remaining digits to the length.

Socket type: Socket 3 (Key M) 

Total size including cooling structure:

In millimeters: smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).
In inches: smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H).


The following M.2 SSD lengths are compatible with PS5 consoles:
30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm (corresponding to the form factor type, per above).


A 22mm-wide M.2 SSD module is required.
The total structure (including an added cooling structure) cannot exceed 25mm (0.984in).


The total height of the M.2 SSD and its cooling structure (such as a heatsink) – whether built-in or separate – must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).
The height must also be in the right place, in relation to the M.2 SSD’s circuit board: 

  • The size below the board must be less than 2.45mm (0.096in). 
  • The total size above the board must be less than 8mm (0.314in). 

(Note: millimeter measurements are the technical standard and are more precise than inches. We recommend double-checking that the total dimensions of M.2 SSD and heatsink products you’re considering meet the millimeter requirements before purchasing)

Once installed in the PS5 console, M.2 SSD storage can be used to download, copy, and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as media apps. This allows you to increase the storage space available to you on your PS5 console. You can freely move games between the PS5 console’s storage, a connected USB extended storage device and the added M.2 SSD storage.

Source: PlayStation

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