Sony has released the initial specification of the M.2 SSD that are compatible with the PS5. Although Sony hasn’t released a list of officially supported drives, it has provided information on the supported specification, including physical size and capacity so you can narrow down your options. The PS5 will support up to 4TB M.2 SSDs with minimum of 5,500MB/s sequential read speed.
Sony also recommends that a heatsink is used to help with heat dissipation, supporting both single-sided or double-sided formats. The total height of the M.2 SSD module (including heatsink) must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).
Sony can’t guarantee that every M.2 SSD that matches the below specification will work with the PS5, so you should double check with the manufacturer. The below specification is subject to change as the expansion slot is tested in the latest PS5 firmware beta.
PS5 M.2 SSD Specification
Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
Cooling structure: Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.
Sequential read speed: 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended
Module width: 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)
Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.
These numbers can be found on retail listings for M.2 SSD devices. The first two digits refer to the width, the remaining digits to the length.
Socket type: Socket 3 (Key M)
Total size including cooling structure:
In millimeters: smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).
In inches: smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H).
See below for full requirements.
The following M.2 SSD lengths are compatible with PS5 consoles:
30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm (corresponding to the form factor type, per above).
A 22mm-wide M.2 SSD module is required.
The total structure (including an added cooling structure) cannot exceed 25mm (0.984in).
The total height of the M.2 SSD and its cooling structure (such as a heatsink) – whether built-in or separate – must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).
The height must also be in the right place, in relation to the M.2 SSD’s circuit board:
- The size below the board must be less than 2.45mm (0.096in).
- The total size above the board must be less than 8mm (0.314in).