Prior to the launch of the PlayStation 5, we were told it was going to get an expansion slot, however, it was an internal slot and not available at launch. However now the PlayStation 5 SSD expansion slot seems to be incoming.
How do we know?
Sony today published a brand new support page which tells us how we can add an M.2 SSD to a PS5. But at the moment there is a catch.
The PlayStation 5 firmware that is supporting the use of M.2 SSDs is available, but sadly at present only for beta users. However, all is not lost as it gets enabled for all users in a later update.
So we just plug it in like the external hard drive we use now?
Sadly no, according to the support page there is a setup you need before you even install it.
So the equipment needed is.
- A well-lit room with a table to work on
- A #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver
- A small flashlight (optional)
So that’s all we do to use the PlayStation 5 SSD expansion slot?
No, unfortunately, There are also a further 12 steps to install and set up the expansion card.
Go to Settings > System > System Software > Console Information to check that the beta system version is installed.
Press and hold the power button for three seconds to turn off your PS5 console, then remove all cables and devices from the console. Wait a while for the PS5 console to cool down.
Place the console on a soft cloth on a flat surface and remove the base.
Position the console so that the screw hole for the base is facing you, the PS logo is facedown and the power button is on your left side.
Place your palms near the top corners and grip the edge of the cover. Gently pull the cover-up and towards yourself. You may hear a click.
The cover lifts away. There is a long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top.
Remove the screw from the expansion slot cover (A) and then remove the cover
Remove the screw (B) and spacer (C), and then adjust the spacer to the size of your M.2 SSD.
Hold the edge of your M.2 SSD, align it with the notch on the expansion connector, and then starting from diagonally upward firmly insert it all the way in.
If you proceed to the next step while your M.2 SSD is incorrectly inserted or not firmly inserted all the way in, it may cause damage to the terminal and your PS5 console.
Tilt your M.2 SSD down and fasten it with screws.
Attach the expansion slot cover and fasten the screw.
Replace the cover by positioning it slightly away (about 2 cm or 3/4 inch) from the top edge and sliding it back into place. You’ll hear a click when the cover is secured.
Connect the AC power cord, cables, and base, and then turn on the power.
When your PS5 console turns on, the formatting guide appears. Follow the on-screen instructions and format your M.2 SSD.
That sounds complicated. If I have a Series X/S are Microsoft expecting a similar setup?
Well for those consoles Microsoft also has a support page with a 5-second video. The reason the video is so short is: Just remove the protective cover from the Storage Expansion Card then plug it firmly into the Storage expansion slot on the back of your Xbox Series X|S console.
So the same process for Microsoft is just plug-and-play.
And if I want to buy one for my PlayStation 5?
There are specific dimensions and specifications as well, and full details are on the support page
Which one should I buy?
Manufacturers of SSD drives are slowly confirming if their product is PlayStation 5 compatible. Seagate has done just that with the FireCuda 530.
How much are they?
Seagate has a range of prices as they have a variety of storage sizes available. These are 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. And this is the next point. They aren’t cheap. The cheapest prices found at the time of writing are:
- 500GB $149.99 / £120.93
- 1TB $254.99 / £233.95
- 2TB $514.99 / £380.81
- 4TB $999.99 / £769.99
The Xbox Series X expansion card is 1TB is $220 or in the UK can be found for £179.99