First Officially Licensed M.2 SSD for PS5 Announced by Western Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Western Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment have released the first officially licensed M.2 SSD for PlayStation 5 consoles, the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 Consoles.

The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 Consoles features an all-in-one heatsink design and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe speeds, offering a sequential read performance of up to 7,000 MB/s and sequential write performance of up to 5,300 MB/s. The SSD has been fully tested for Sony’s current consoles, with hours of rigorous testing, according to Western Digital’s press release.

Optimized for the newest-generation console, Western Digital validated drive performance through multiple scenarios to ensure the drive has been fully tested for the PS5. This process included hundreds of hours spent rigorously testing some of the most graphic-rich titles across various genres to ensure that with games stored on the drive, gameplay is fast, smooth and visually immersive.

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Key Specifications

Capacity2 TB
Form FactorM.2 2280 S3-M
InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4
Sequential Read Performance7000 MB/s
Sequential Write Performance5100 MB/s
Dimensions (L x W x H)3.15″ x 0.92″ x 0.35″

“We’re excited for this new journey with Sony Interactive Entertainment and the opportunity to bring the officially licensed drive to PS5 gamers,” said Susan Park, vice president of Consumer Solutions Product Management, Western Digital. “Western Digital’s WD_BLACK brand was created to bring high-performance products to gamers everywhere. Combined with this innovative partnership, we aim to deepen our current commitment to developing storage solutions that enhance the gaming experience for all gamers.”

Western Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS Consoles is available for purchase beginning today exclusively at Best Buy (in stores and online) and on Western Digital’s online store. The 1 TB version is listed for $169.99, while the 2 TB version is listed for $279.99.

The data sheet can be found here.

Source: Western Digital

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