Increase Storage Space For Your PS5 Games: Which SSD Or External HDD Model Should You Choose?

Hardware News Increase Storage Space For Your PS5 Games: Which SSD Or External HDD Model Should You Choose? Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 5:01 pm, updated on Apr 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm How do I get additional storage for PS5? Indeed, the latest update for the PlayStation 5 offers the ability to save the library of PS5 games to external media, whether it is a hard drive or an SSD. Sony has published its technical recommendations, which we describe in detail here. There is also a selection of compatible, high-quality SSDs and HDDs that you can use to store your games.

What types of SSDs or external hard drives are compatible with the PS5?

Sony has set some technical requirements to be able to copy its PS5 games: On the storage side, the medium must be at least 250 GB in size and up to 8 TB in size. This means that SSDs, but also hard drives, are compatible. The company adds that it is not possible to connect multiple storage devices at the same time or use a USB hub. Where it – apparently – gets complicated is on the side of the required flow rates. The storage medium must be at least “SuperSpeed ​​USB 5 Gbit / s”. The manufacturer adds that the PS5 supports the following speeds: SuperSpeed ​​USB 5 Gbps (also known as USB 3.x Gen 1) SuperSpeed ​​USB 10 Gbps (also known as USB 3.x Gen 2 ) SuperSpeed ​​USB 20 Gbit / s (also known as USB 3.2 Gen 2×2) So note that if your external hard drive or SSD is USB 3.0 certified or higher, you can use it on PlayStation 5. Of course, however, the copying times do not depend on the product type (a hard drive is much slower than an SSD), but also on the USB port you connect it to. The two USB ports of the type “USB-A Superspeed 10 Gb / s” are located on the back of the console. Therefore, you should give priority to connecting your storage. On the front, the USB-C port is also of the “SuperSpeed ​​10 Gb / s” type, but the third USB-A port is limited to “Hi-Speed”, ie USB 2.0. Your external drive is therefore not working. The different types of USB ports on the PlayStation 5

Increase Storage Space For Your PS5 Games: Which SSD Or External HDD Model Should You Choose?

Here you will find a selection of three external storage models (2 SSDs and a hard drive) with a very good price-performance ratio. They combine a very good finish, compact format, and speeds sufficient to quickly save your entire library of PS4 and PS5 games.

Sandisk Extreme: a compact size, top performance

Buy the Sandisk Extreme 1 TB SSD for € 159.99 The Sandisk Extreme SSD is barely larger than a credit card and benefits from a reinforced rubber housing. It offers excellent performance. It offers read and write speeds of more than 1 Gbit / s, so you can copy your PS4 and PS5 games to and from the console’s internal SSD very quickly. It also comes with a “USB-C to USB-C” cable, but also with an adapter to connect it to a USB-A port. With a side storage capacity, you can use 500 GB or 1 TB to store many titles. Finally, we appreciate the IP55 certification which makes it water and dust resistant.

Samsung T5: A safe bet at an attractive price

Buy the Samsung T5 500 GB SSD for € 84.99 Samsung is a major storage provider and offers many internal and external SSD models. A classic in their catalog, the T5 is a safe choice if you are looking for a fast and reliable storage system. The design is sober, the processing quality is impeccable and the speeds are very good (up to 540 MB / s read and 420 MB / s write). It’s less than Sandisk’s model, but enough to quickly copy its library of PS4 and PS5 games. The prices are also a little lower.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB: a reliable and fast external hard drive

Buy the Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB hard drive for € 59.99. Here is a high quality external hard drive that offers very good build quality as well as corresponding speeds. With 140 MB / s read and 137 MB / s write, Toshiba’s Canvio Basics is certainly far from the speed of an SSD, but still shows higher values ​​than the average of other external hard drives on the market. Thanks to its 2.5-inch format and its particularly low weight (146 g), it is very compact, discreet next to your console and can be taken anywhere.

Can you run your PS5 games from an external hard drive or SSD?

No, it is not possible to start PS5 games from external media. The reason is simple: PS5 games use the console’s internal SSD, and an external SSD or hard drive (HDD) offers bit rates that are too slow compared to the technical requirements of these titles. So this new feature is mainly used to save the library and you will need to copy all of the game files in order to launch them on PS5. A choice that can be useful if your internet connection is not fast or if you are “offline”.

When can we start our PS5 games from additional memory?

The update to activate this feature could be available this summer. As a reminder, the PS5 has an “M.2” format expansion port that allows you to add a second SSD to install and run your PS5 games. However, the feature is not yet activated and Sony must first compile a list of certified products to ensure that the read and write speeds are adequate. At the moment we have to be content with an internal storage space of 825 GB.

SSD or hard drive: which is better?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, although we tend to prefer an SSD. Although this medium is more reliable and, above all, much faster than a hard drive, it is also more expensive and offers less storage capacity. However, the prices for this type of product are falling, especially since promotions appear very regularly on the Internet. If you have large storage needs and / or are on a budget, HDD is still a good choice and you can enjoy more TB at rock bottom prices. By Jiikaa, journalist MP

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