The PlayStation 5 has different variants just like its predecessor and these variants come with different storage capacities. In today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to upgrade PS5 internal storage.
Earlier this year, Sony had confirmed that they had plans of integrating external storage that’ll be used only for PlayStation 4 games to enable PlayStation 5 to have more space to install PlayStation 5 games on its internal storage. They disclosed that this plan will be set in motion in August. Sony has kept to their word, as you can now upgrade your PlayStation 5 internal storage although right it’s only available to beta tested but will be made available to everyone once it has been vetted by beta testers.
Before now, one of the biggest problems that PlayStation 5 owners had, had to do with storage and the reason for this is that the PlayStation 5 comes with an internal storage capacity of 825GB, and out of this storage capacity, users only have access to 667GB and every gamer knows that it isn’t huge storage especially where in situations where a single game could take up close to or more than 100GB of your internal storage. This will no longer be a problem, as you can now increase your PlayStation 5 storage using the M.2 SSD expansion. By the end of today’s guide, you would have learned how to upgrade PS5 internal storage.
What is an M.2 SSD?
M.2 SSD (Solid State Drive) is a drive that can be used together with internally mounted storage expansion cards. M.2 SSD is a high-speed SSD medium that PS5 users can install to increase their storage capacity.
Not everyone can expand their internal storage at the moment so ensure that you already have a beta invitation before going ahead to purchase a new M.2 SSD.
What can the M.2 SSD be used for?
Once you have successfully installed the M.2 SSD on your PlayStation 5 console (which you’ll learn how to do later on in this guide), it increases your PS5 console’s storage and you’ll be able to copy, download, and launch PS5 or PS4 games as well as your media apps. You’ll also be able to juggle (move) games between your PS5 consoles storage, the M.2 SSD storage and a connected USB extended storage.
What type of M.2 SSD can be used on a PS5 console?
You may already know that there are different types of M.2 SSDs and the selection of a particular M.2 SSD is usually based on the interface that it’ll be connected to. Before you purchase the M.2 SSD that’ll be used to upgrade your PlayStation 5 internal storage,it’s important you ensure that M.2 SSD is supported by the PlayStation 5 console i.e., it meets the PlayStation 5 requirements.
PlayStation 5 M.2 SSD Requirements
|Interface||PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD|
|Capacity||250GB – 4TB|
|Cooling Structure||In order to get the most out of your M.2 SSD, it’s required that you get a cooling structure for effective heat dissipation such a a heat sink. This cooling structure can be attached to the M.2 SSD, either in a single-sided or double-sided format. Alternatively, you can also get a M.2 SSD with a cooling structure built-in.|
|Sequential Read Speed||A minimum of 5,500MB/s or higher is recommended.|
|Module Width||22mm width.|
|Form Factor||M.2 type 2230, 2240, 2260, 2280, and 22110. You can find these numbers on the retail listing for M.2 SSD devices where the first two numbers represents the width and the remaining digits, the length.|
|Socket Type||Socket 3 (Key M).|
|Total Size, Including Cooling Structure||Measurement in millimetres (mm)
It should be smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).
Measurements in inches (In)
It should be smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984in (W) x 0.442in (H).
Things You Should Note
- PlayStation 5 console supports both single-sided and double-sided M.2 SSD devices.
- 2 SATA SSDs are not supported.
- Carefully review the drive specifications before purchasing and if you need further information, contact the vendor or manufacturer. Why should you do this? This is because, SIE doesn’t guarantee that all M.2 SSDs that meet the requirements above will work on your console and as such, they bear no responsibility for the selection, performance or use of third-party products.
- Not all games are playable with the exact performance provided by the PlayStation 5 console’s internal Ultra-High Speed SSD, even when the M.2 SSD device’s sequential read speed is faster than 5500MB/s.
- Most of all M.2 SSD devices with the type numbers: M Key Type 2230, 2240, 2260, 2280, and 22110 without a built-in cooling structure will fit into the PlayStation 5 SSD slot. Since M.2 SSD devices sizes with cooling structures vary greatly, ensure that the M.2 SSD with a cooling structure that you want to purchase meets the requirements above. If it doesn’t, choose another product option or contact the vendor or manufacturer for more information.
Steps You Should Take Before Installing The M.2 SSD Device
- Before you’ll be able to install the M.2 SSD device to ensure that it meets the requirements above, you must be on the PlayStation Beta testing program.
- Secondly, ensure that the room where you’ll carry out the installation is well lit and use a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver to remove the screws (2 screws will be removed, the one that keeps the SSD back cover in place and the one that secures the drive).
- Thirdly, if it’s the first time you are the M.2 SSD on your PS5 console, you’ll have to format it when prompted. Know that doing this will delete all saved data on the drive. Hence, in order to prevent loss of data, make sure that all your important stuff are moved to a different device before using the new SSD NVMe Drive.
Once you have carried out the first and seconds steps above, the third will be done after you have successfully inserted the M.2 SSD device on your PS5 console. Now you can now proceed to install the M.2 SSD device on your PlayStation 5 console.
How to Upgrade PS5 Internal Storage
To learn how to upgrade PS5 internal storage, follow the set of instructions outlined below.
- Opening your PS5 console
Before you start opening your PS5 console, check if you have the beta system version installed in your PS5 and also check if you can install an NVMe SSD in the available bay. You can quickly do this, by heading to Settings, then System, select System Software, and finally choose Console Information.
If you have the updated PlayStation 5, press and hold the button for 3 seconds to turn off the system. Once it’s turned off, remove all cables and devices connected to the console. You can also touch the body of the console to see if it’s hot or warm. If it is, then you’d have to give it a few minutes for it to cool down.
When it’s finally cool, remove the PS5 stand and open your PS5. To do this, place the console flat, then gently place your hands over the cover’s top corners and pull it upwards towards yourself. Once you hear a click, know that it’s been detached.
- Inserting the M.2 SSD device
Once the cover has been removed, you’ll have to locate the expansion slot. You’ll find the expansion slot hidden behind a long rectangular metal cover that sits on the left beneath where the console curves from the left edge to the top edge. When you find it, you’ll realize that only one screw holds the rectangular metal cover in place. Use the #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver to remove the screw.
Inside the expansion slot, you’ll find another screw and a spacer. Remove the screw using the #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver and reposition the spacer to fit the size of your M.2 SSD.
After installing the M.2 SSD, ensure that it aligns properly with the notches on the expansion connector. To know if you have inserted it properly, you’ll feel a click. Before closing the PS5, ensure it is properly inserted because if you should make a mistake, it could damage the M.2 SSD or your PS5 as the case may be.
Now, use your screwdriver to fasten down the M.2 SSD so that it will be properly secured. Cover the expansion slot cover and fasten it as well using the screwdriver. Place the cover of your PS5 slightly away from the top edge and slide it back into place. Again once you hear a click you’ll know that you have covered your PS5.
Finally, reattached all the detached cables and devices. Reattach the stand and also connect the AC power cord before turning on your PS5.
If you followed the guide carefully and correctly, after turning it on, the M.2 SSD formatting guide will appear on your screen. Follow the steps to format your M.2 SSD. During the formatting, please ensure that your PlayStation 5 doesn’t go off and after the formatting process, your M.2 SSD device would be successfully installed and it’s now ready to be used. When you get to this point, know that you have successfully learnt how to upgrade PS5 internal storage.