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Sony is unlocking the extra M.2 SSD slot inside the PlayStation 5. The rules are tricky, but these specific drives should all work.

Joseph Kaminski Aug. 12, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT
  • Seagate FireCuda 530 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD Jump to details $255 at Amazon
  • Gigabyte Aorus 7000s Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Jump to details $238 at Amazon
  • WD Black SN850 Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Jump to details $206 at Amazon
  • Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Jump to details $180 at Amazon
  • XPG Gammix S70 Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Jump to details $159 at Amazon

Sony PlayStation 5 owners who are running out of storage space now have another storage option. Besides just adding an external drive (for PS4 games), there's now a beta program that will allow users to expand their PS5 storage using specific M.2 SSDs. 

If you've gone poking around inside the PS5, you might have noticed an extra drive slot inside. It's previously been locked, but now PSN members who sign up for beta software test features can try adding an extra internal SSD for more PS5 game storage. 

In order to participate in the PS5 beta program you must meet these qualifications, according to Sony:

  • You must be 18 or older.
  • You must be located in one of these countries: the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, France or Germany.
  • You must have a valid PSN account in good standing with a current email address.

Sony has listed some specific guidelines as to what types of drives the PS5 will support, but not specific model recommendations. Based on the published specs, however, the drives listed below should all work. We're in the process of testing some of them and will report back on our favorites. 

Seagate FireCuda 530 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD

Seagate

Ready to go and available in 1-, 2- and 4-terabyte sizes.

$255 at Amazon

Gigabyte Aorus 7000s Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Gigabyte

Available in 1 and 2TB capacities, the Gigabyte will work in your PS5 out of the box. 

$238 at Amazon

WD Black SN850 Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Amazon

You can get the WD Black in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. It already has a slim heatsink on it so you should be all set.

$206 at Amazon

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Sabrent

For the more tech-savvy, you'll need to add a low-profile heatsink to it. It is available in 1, 2 and 4TB.

$180 at Amazon

XPG Gammix S70 Gen4 x4 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

XPG

You'll need to replace the heatsink on this SSD with a slimmer spreader. It's available in 1 and 2TB.

$159 at Amazon CNET Culture

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