Best M.2 SSDs for PS5 in 2021

by Jeremy

Are you running out of storage on your PS5? We’ve rounded up the best external drives and SSDs for PS5, and now you can use the internal M.2 SSD slot. Sony has finally confirmed hardware requirements for the M.2 slot on the PS5, and a software update (now in beta) will let you use an internal SSD to increase your console’s storage. These are the best M.2 SSDs for your PS5.

Western Digital Black SN850

PS5 M.2 SSD requirements

Before we get started, we’ll need to take a look at the list of hardware requirements for an M.2 SSD to work as an internal drive on the PS5. Sony’s M.2 hardware guidelines are pretty stringent, so you will need to pick up the latest M.2 drives. These are the complete requirements for an M.2 drive to work as internal storage on the PS5:

  • PCIe Gen4 interface
  • Minimum sequential read speeds of 5,500MB/s
  • Drive storage has to be within 250GB to 4TB
  • M.2 form factor with 22mm width
  • Mandatory heatsink
  • Drive and heatsink height needs to be under 11.25mm.

Because of the M.2 slot, you won’t be able to use a SATA SSD with the PS5; take a look at our PS5 storage expansion guide to understanding better what drives are eligible for the PS5. While the PCIe Gen4 requirement was a given, Sony is very conservative about drive sizes and cooling. Any M.2 drive needs to have a width of 22mm or less, which rules out a few options. Furthermore, M.2 drives need to have a heatsink, and the combined height of the industry and the heatsink should be under 11.25mm.

This particular requirement makes a lot of drives — including Corsair’s excellent MP600 series — ineligible for use inside the PS5. However, you can get rid of the heatsink and add an aftermarket option. That said, now that Sony has outlined requirements for an internal SSD, we should see new drives from the best SSD makers that will work natively with the PS5. We’ll add these drives to the list as and when they become available.

But if you want to buy a drive right now, you’re better off picking up a standard M.2 SSD and adding an aftermarket heatsink. You’ll find heatsinks for under $20 (I’ll have a few listed below), and going this route allows you to slot in best-selling models from Samsung and Sabrent. That said, there are several M.2 SSDs that now have a built-in heatsink, so I will highlight some of those options.

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