Find out which M.2 SSDs can be used to expand your PlayStation®5 console storage space, and how to insert an M.2 SSD into the expansion slot.
M.2 SSD devices are a high-speed solid state drive medium that PS5 players can use to increase the storage capacity of their PS5 console or PS5 Digital Edition console (separate purchase required).
Once installed in the PS5 console, M.2 SSD storage can be used to download, copy, and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as media apps. This allows you to increase the storage space available to you on your PS5 console. You can freely move games between the PS5 console’s storage, a connected USB extended storage device and the added M.2 SSD storage.
|Interface||PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)|
|Storage||250 GB - 4 TB|
|Supported sizes||2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110|
|Size including heat-dissipation mechanism||Width: up to 25 mm
Length: 30/40/60/80/110 mm
Thickness: up to 11.25 mm (up to 8.0 mm from above the board, up to 2.45 mm from below the board)
|Sequential read speed||5,500MB/s or faster is recommended|
|Socket type||Socket 3 (Key M)|
Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink and a heat transfer sheet. You can attach these to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format (single-sided cooling structures are an easier fit). There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built-in. For information on how to attach the heat dissipation mechanism, check the instructions that come with it.
If you experience problems while playing a game installed on M.2 SSD storage, move the game to the internal Ultra-High Speed console storage.
Before you begin, you’ll need:
Before proceeding with the installing or removing process, touch a metal-grounded object to remove any static electricity from your body. Failure to do so may cause damage to your M.2 SSD or PS5 console.
Please note, don't power on or play on your console while the cover is off.
If it is the first time using your M.2 SSD with your PS5 console, you'll need to format your M.2 SSD after installing. When you format your M.2 SSD, any data saved on the drive is erased. Data erased this way can't be recovered, so be careful and make sure you don't erase important data.
Do not turn off the power while saving data or while your M.2 SSD is being formatted. Doing so may cause data loss, corruption, or damage to your M.2 SSD or PS5 console.
Do not use an M.2 SSD without a heat-dissipation mechanism, such as a heat sink or heat transfer sheet. Your M.2 SSD might come with these parts or you might need to purchase them separately.
The cover lifts away. There is a long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top.
Ensure the M.2 SSD circuit board is resting flush on the spacer, without obstruction from your cooling structure. If you proceed to the next step while your M.2 SSD is incorrectly inserted or not firmly inserted all the way into the expansion connector, it may cause damage to the terminal and your PS5 console.
The cover lifts away. You’ll see a long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top.
You can download games from PlayStation Store to your M.2 SSD. Go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage > Installation Location to set this up.
To move games and apps already installed on your console storage:
To check your storage space and to move or delete data on your M.2 SSD, go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage > M.2 SSD Storage.
Can I insert a SATA drive into the PS5 console?
No. M.2 SATA SSDs aren’t supported.
Should I remove the M.2 SSD if I send my PS5 console for repair?
Yes. Please remove the M.2 SSD before sending it for repair.
Can I format part of the M.2 SSD for use on the PS5 console?
No, you must format the entire M.2 SSD.
Is it okay to install a heatsink on an M.2 SSD with a built-in heatsink?
No. If your M.2 SSD has a built-in heatsink, we recommend against adding any additional heatsinks. Doing so may reduce the effectiveness of the built-in heatsinks.
How is an M.2 SSD different to USB extended storage on PS5 consoles?
PS5 games are playable on M.2 SSD storage.
PS5 games can be downloaded directly to M.2 SSD storage.
PS5 games can be updated on M.2 SSD storage.
Is it possible to store a part of game data on console storage and the remaining data on M.2 SSD storage?
No. All game data for a specific game must be stored in the same place.
What should I do if I experience gameplay issues when I play games stored on M.2 SSD Storage?
Press the PS button on your controller to go to the control center, and then select Downloads/Uploads. Pause any ongoing downloads.
If you are trying to play a game on disc, please wait for the full installation to finish.
If you are still having issues, please move the game from M.2 SSD storage to console storage.
Will installing an M.2 SSD affect my warranty?
In general, your manufacturer warranty coverage should not be affected provided you install an M.2 drive that meets the required specifications and you follow the installation instructions properly. Failure to do so could result in damage to your console which will not be covered under warranty. We therefore strongly encourage you to carefully review drive specifications prior to purchase and contact the vendor or manufacturer if you need further information. When installing the M.2 drive, you should closely reference the M.2 SSD installation instructions to help avoid any issues. Please read our complete warranty terms for details of what is and isn’t covered and your remedies.
Do PS5 consoles support Host Memory Buffer?
No. Some M.2 SSD devices may support Host Memory Buffer (HMB) but they may experience slower-than-expected performance because the PS5 console does not support HMB.
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