How to Install an SSD in Your PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5’s SSD is one of the system’s most impressive aspects, as it loads games incredibly fast and enables tricks of speed and scope that consoles with hard drives simply can’t match. It’s only 825GB, though, and 667GB of that is usable for games. If you want to play a lot of big games, that SSD will fill up fast. Fortunately, there’s a solution that doesn’t involve constantly uninstalling games to make room.

The PS5 has an expansion slot to accept M.2 NVMe SSDs, and with the right drive in that slot you can keep up those impressive speeds and features while drastically increasing space. It’s a fairly direct process, but it involves a bit of dismantling and checking specs. We performed the operation ourselves, and put together this helpful step-by-step guide that goes into a bit more detail than Sony’s own instructions.

You need an M.2 SSD to upgrade your PS5’s storage, but not just any M.2 SSD will do. Sony lists a few specific requirements for compatible drives. M.2 SSDs may vary in physical size and storage capacity, but the one you select must be fast enough to keep up with the PS5’s internal SSD. The requirements are:

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