PS5: M.2 SSD requirements for the PlayStation 5

Image taken by Matthew Liebl of App Trigger, used by permission.
Image taken by Matthew Liebl of App Trigger, used by permission. /

With the latest PS5 System Software update (Version: 21.02-04.00.00), Sony has enabled the ability to expand your console’s storage capacity by installing your own M.2 SSD. The high-speed solid state drive can be installed in either version of the PlayStation 5 console and be used to download, copy and play PS5 and PS4 games as well as media apps.

If you’re planning on installing a new M.2 SSD, it should be noticed that there are minimum performance and size requirements. Additionally, you’ll need effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure that meets the dimensional requirements.

The PS5 can support a M.2 SSD (M.2 SATA SSDs are not supported) with storage capacity between 250GB and 4TB. Supported sizes include: 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110, with sequential read speed of 5,500MB/s or faster.

Here are the size requirements, including the heat-dissipation structure:

  • 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)

There’s been a lot of conversation surrounding the PS5’s new, smaller heatsink. It should be noted that you can either attach a heatsink or heat transfer sheet yourself as a single-sided format (an easier fit) or double-sided format, or purchase an M.2 SSD with a cooling structure already built-in (my recommendation).

Once you have the appropriate M.2 SSD, the installation process is fairly easy and straightforward. Sony has even put together a walkthrough for installing an M.2. SSD on your PS5.

For more specifications and frequently asked questions, check out Sony’s official support for installing an M.2. SSD in your PS5.

Once the M.2 SSD storage is installed, you can set it up by going to the Home Screen > Settings > Storage > Installation Locational. Additionally, you are able to move games and apps that are already installed on your console to your M.2 SSD.

The support of M.2 SSDs make life so much easier as you can now download, play and update games directly to and from the M.2. SSD storage.