the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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A new update rolling out across PS5 systems today will allow all users to expand their console's storage with a third party SSD stick. That means it's time to choose your PS5 SSD, and there are plenty of options on the market these days. 

Sony has a strict set of requirements for its SSD bay. Third party sticks need a read speed of at least 5,500MB/s with a PCIe Gen4 interface, among other specs listed below. Some of the top storage brands have been developing compatible models (or adjusting their current products) to meet these specs, but it's well worth checking before heading to checkout. 

Access to additional internal SSD storage comes as part of an update for all users, whereas previously such expansion was limited to beta testers. It's going to be a big day for PS5 owners looking to get as much out of their console as possible, then, and we expect that some of the best PS5 SSDs will be flying off the shelves over the course of the next few hours. 

That's why we're bringing you all the PS5 SSDs that are currently available right here, from the WD Black SN850 (Cerny's personal stick) to the Samsung 980 Pro and Crucial's P5 Plus. Some of these models come with their own heatsinks attached, but others will require an after-market option. When picking your heatsink, pay attention to its height, as there's only 2.45mm of space below the SSD and 8mm above spare. 

The best PS5 SSDs available today

the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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WD Black SN850 500GB PS5 SSD | $169.99 $127.99 at Best Buy Save $40 - The choice of Mark Cerny himself, though maybe not in this smaller 500GB capacity, the WD Black SN850 boasts a 7,000MB/s read speed and comes with a heatsink as well. That means no faff, simply slot the stick into your console and you're good to go.

the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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WD Black SN850 1TB PS5 SSD | $229.99 $179.99 at Amazon Save $50 - The version of the WD Black SN850 with a heatsink is all out of stock right now (though it's worth keeping an eye out for more units). However, you can still grab the SSD by itself and simply tack on your own cheap heatsink once it arrives. You'll be getting read speeds of up to 7000MB/s in this larger 1TB model.

the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade 1TB PS5 SSD | $149.99 at Amazon Adata has given its Gammix S70 SSD a polish in time for the PS5 SSD update, releasing the S70 Blade to make its current lineup more PlayStation-friendly. The resulting stick comes with a thinner heatsink to slot neatly into Sony's chassis, and is capable of up to 7,400 MB/s read speeds.

the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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Crucial P5 Plus 1TB PS5 SSD | $179.99 at Amazon You'll be slapping your own heatsink onto this PS5 SSD, but Crucial's 1TB stick is another excellent option for those looking to expand their console's storage. You're getting read speeds maxing out at 6600 MB/s here, which isn't quite as fast as some other models on our list today.

the ps5 ssd bay is now open to all - here are the top sticks available

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Samsung 980 Pro 1TB PS5 SSD | $229.99 $189.99 at Amazon Save $40 - This is another model that you'll need to add a heatsink to, but at $189.99 the 1TB Samsung 980 Pro is just $10 away from its lowest price ever. With read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s and incredible performance all-round this is one of the best models on the market right now.

PS5 SSD requirements

You can't just sling any old stick into the open slot, a PS5 SSD needs to fit Sony's list of requirements to be usable with the console. Thankfully, many top brands have already released compatible products, or slightly modified existing devices, to make sure they're ready for the next generation. It's worth making sure that any PS5 SSDs your considering follow the specs below. 

PCIe Gen4 interface250GB - 4TB capacity5,500MB/s read speed or faster22mm width (do not go for 25mm units)Heatsink required (built-in or DIY)

PS5 SSD compatible heatsinks

If you've picked up a PS5 SSD that requires additional cooling, you'll want to make sure the heatsink you choose fits the bay of the console itself. You'll find some compatible models just below. 

US:

Icepc heatsink | $12.89 at AmazonEzdiy-Fab heatsink | $14.59 at AmazonMHQJRH heatsink | $17.99 at Amazon

UK:

Eluteng heatsink | £11.99 at AmazonQIVYNSRY heatsink | £17.99 at Amazon

More of today's best PS5 SSD prices

If you're not in the US, or you're simply curious about other retailers' prices, you'll find all the latest deals on these PS5 SSDs just below. 

Faster than the best PS5 external hard drives, PS5 SSDs will be a must-have accessory before long. If you're still looking for PS5 restock news, though, we're keeping you updating on all the latest stock. We're also showing you the best PS5 headset and taking a deep dive into the world of wireless PS5 headsets as well. If you're giving your whole setup a refresh, it's worth taking a look at the best PS5 monitors too. 

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