Using the PS5’s expandable M.2 SSD storage5

Sony today started beta testing the first software update for the PS5 and includes support for expandable M.2 SSD storage. The highly anticipated feature is available to testers now and will launch on all PS5 consoles later this year. We’ll have to test several drives with the PS5, but right now Sony needs at least a PCIe Gen4 SSD, with a minimum capacity of 250GB. Sony also recommends a 5500MB/s drive, but slower Gen4 drives may still be supported.

I tested Corsair’s MP600 (2TB) with the PS5 and it’s really easy to get everything up and running in under two minutes. This is how it all works:

  • To use the expandable storage space in the PS5, you’ll need to remove the console’s side panels. Make sure you have disconnected the power cord and then follow this: really useful youtube video how to properly remove the side panels. It’s a little clunky, but the PS5 is sturdy, so don’t worry about breaking the panels.
  • After removing both panels, you should find the M.2 SSD slot. It is located on the left side of the fan; that’s on the side where the PS5’s disc drive is located. You will need a screwdriver to unscrew the M.2 SSD slot cover and to remove a screw holding your drive in place.

Sony’s M.2 SSD slot has a screw to secure your drive in place.
Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

  • Once the cover is removed, you will find a black screw that Sony supplied at the very top of the slot. Unscrew it and use it to hold your SSD in place. Sony recommends using an M.2 SSD with a heatsink, so if you bought a Gen4 without a heatsink, there are several heatsinks you can buy to attach to SSDs that help with cooling.
  • Now that the M.2 SSD is in place, you can place the cover back on the slot and then gently slide the side panels on both sides back into place. Plug in the power cord again and start up your PS5.

If your SSD is not compatible, you will get this message.

  • If your M.2 SSD is not compatible, your PS5 will warn you that you need a Gen4 drive with at least 256GB of space. Otherwise, you should go ahead and format the drive for use on the PS5. Make sure you have backed up all data on the drive if you have used it in other systems.
  • Formatting took less than 10 seconds on my Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive. After the formatting is complete, the PS5 quickly tests the drive speed and warns you that if you run into problems with a game installed on the M.2 SSD, you can move it to the internal storage.
  • You can then freely move installed games to the M.2 SSD storage, or install new games from PlayStation Store directly to the storage. During testing, it took about 30 seconds to move Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from the internal storage to the Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive.

Sony’s new PS5 M.2 SSD support is in beta, so we’re still waiting to hear from SSD manufacturers about all supported drives. Seagate is the first to confirm FireCuda 530 drives are compatible with the PS5, and we tested Corsair’s MP600 to confirm that it works well on the PS5 as well. We’ll have more details on supported drives once manufacturers confirm their SSD list.