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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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13 comments

  1. The nice part about the PS5 - you don't ~need~ a licensed product to work.

    A lot of folks will buy it just because it has the PS logo on it as is officially endorsed -- so they know it will work if they have no other idea and are just looking at SSDs on the shelf at Best Buy.
  2. Your link says 176.60€ for me (I don't realy like that amazon links always get redirected to more local versions)
    $109 for me here in US. I guess international rates may vary.

    I also read somewhere else the WD 850 black is on sale for prime day around the same price (may not have a heatsink tho)
  3. $109 for me here in US. I guess international rates may vary.

    I also read somewhere else the WD 850 black is on sale for prime day around the same price (may not have a heatsink tho)
    Yeah, I saw it and a few other PS5 SSDs on sale between 189-200. Wow! While just googling 2TB ssd's on BB and Amazon I was shocked at the markups for the PS5 certified drives. I had a $70 cert from when I bought my new monitor last month and ended up pulling the trigger on a Crucial P5 Plus 2TB gen 4 at BB. It was $10 more than the Prime day sale but with tax it came to $140 so I'm pretty happy and I was able to do a store pickup. It has some great reviews on both sites so I'm looking forward to using it and moving my other drive which will become the new OS drive and then I'll ditch the SATA drives.
  4. The fact that Sony is demanding lice song for something that goes in a standard PC form factor slot is enough to make your blood boil.

    A drive is a goddamn drive. This pay to play bullshit ought to be illegal. If I were to buy a PS5 (which I won't), I should be free to put whatever goddamn drive I please in it.

    Nothing less should be acceptable.
  5. A drive is a goddamn drive. This pay to play bullshit ought to be illegal. If I were to buy a PS5 (which I won't), I should be free to put whatever goddamn drive I please in it.
    You can use any PCI 4 2280 NVMe drive on Playstation. There are minimum speed recommendations, but to my knowledge, they are not enforced via a white list or any other mechanism. You do not have to buy a licensed (or loused) drive

    You can not on Xbox. It has a proprietary connector.
  6. Yeah, I got a GIGABYTE AORUS Gen4 7000s SSD, 1 TB in my PS5, works fine. As long as the drive you put in passes the built in benchmark it should be good.

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