The Sony PlayStation 5 ships standard with an 825GB SSD. That may sound like a lot, but it is not enough for some in practice. The main reason is, of course, the memory-hungry games. Fortunately, the manufacturer has thought along and integrated the option of expanding the memory. However, the choice was not activated from the start. Instead, players had to wait for a corresponding firmware update. It is finally here, and therefore nothing stands in the way of installing an additional SSD.
The installation itself is not tricky; more importance should be given to buying the right SSD. There are a few points to consider; the top of the list are performance, cooling and size. Otherwise, the memory will not be fast enough or will not fit.
A rough overview of the most critical data:
- Typ: PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSD
- Size: between 250GB and 4TB
- Minimum read speed: 5,500 MB/s
- Form factor: Only the following M.2 types: 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110. The first two digits indicate the width; the other two show the length. A critical point since the SSD must not exceed the maximum length of 110 mm. Otherwise, the memory will not fit in the PlayStation 5.
- Socket-Typ: Socket 3 (Key M)
- Height: Maximum 11.25 mm (don’t forget the heatsink factor).
A cooling solution is mandatory.
Due to the high performance, the SSD emits a lot of heat. You have to counteract this with a heat sink, a cooling solution. A large part is already delivered with it, so the memory looks more potent than a “normal” SSD. If this is not the case, the heatsink can also be bought later. But then you have to pay attention to the fit and size again. With the cooling solution, the width must not exceed 25 mm.
Once a compatible SSD model has been found and purchased, installation can begin. The only tool required is a Phillips screwdriver, and the building should be carried out on a stable table. Tip: don’t forget to earth beforehand.
- Verify that the latest firmware is installed.
- Please turn off the PS5, unplug all cables, and place them on the table.
- If you stand in front of it, the PS5 is placed on top. So that the drive is at the top left, and you can see the back behind it.
- The side panel with the drive cut-out is now removed.
- The expansion slot, protected by a cover, is now located above the fan. It is loosened and removed with a screw.
- The sixth step is to unscrew the spacer and the screw (both in the slot) and adjust the holder according to the SSD length.
- Now insert the SSD correctly (at an angle), press down and screw in the screw.
- Finally, reattach the cover and side panel and connect and power on the PS5 as usual.
- The expansion is now almost complete; only the formatting of the SSD is missing. However, the instructions for this should appear immediately after switching on. Simply follow the displayed steps, and after a short time, the memory will be ready for use.