Which hard drive and external SSD to choose for the PS5?

    No more room for games on your brand new PS5? To add an external SSD to never have to delete titles.

    The Sony PlayStation 5 is a great console, but it suffers from one major flaw – it only has 667GB of internal storage.

    It may seem like a lot, but at a time when most AAA titles are blithely over 100 GB, it is difficult to have more than 4 or 5 games on your console. And juggling the facilities can quickly get tiring, especially if your internet connection isn't great.

    The solution to this problem is therefore to increase the storage space, which was impossible when exiting the console. If the internal M.2 slot is still not functional, an update activated USB external storage in April 2021. This allows you to store your unused PS5 games and install your PS4 games to play directly from this external drive.

    So we have chosen the best external hard drives to store your games on your PS5.

    If you are looking for a good headset for your PS5, take a look at our dedicated guide.

    Samsung T5: the right compromise in SSD

    The T5 is one of our favorite external SSDs for general use and its qualities make it a good option for PS5 use. Its first strong point is its extremely compact format which allows it to be easily forgotten.

    Which hard drive and external SSD to choose for the PS5?

    Its raw performance is not monstrous (we barely exceed 400 MB / s in reading and writing), but it is more than enough for the use we make of it, in particular given its price.

    There is also a 2 TB version:

    Samsung 870 QVo: a homemade external SSD

    While classic external SSDs are interesting, with their particularly compact format, they are however much more expensive than their desktop cousins ​​for the same capacity. However, external boxes allow you to transform a 2.5 ″ disk into a USB disk very easily.

    For those who are wondering: we have deliberately excluded the use of an NVMe drive. Faster on paper, they bring in practice almost nothing in use and are much more expensive for the same capacity.

    Which hard drive and external SSD to choose for the PS5?

    For this specific case, we have chosen a 2. To WHICH about 870 HP coupled to a USB box from Ugreen. The result is an external drive that is certainly a little bulkier than a Samsung T5, but just as powerful and almost 20% cheaper. Do not hesitate to use another model of SSD if you want even more space or if you find an interesting promo. The performance will remain unchanged.

    Toshiba Canvio Basics: for small budgets

    If you don't have a lot of money to spend and especially don't plan to play PS4 games directly from the external drive, then no need to break the bank. A classic platter hard drive will do the trick.

    Which hard drive and external SSD to choose for the PS5?

    This Toshiba Canvio Basics is a sure bet in this area, with good build quality and a reasonable cost per GB. Only small complaint: it uses a micro-USB 3.0 socket less practical than USB-C.

    Understand everything in the storage of the PS5

    What can be stored on an external PS5 SSD?

    External media come with constraints on the PS5. Indeed, some game features are dependent on the ultra fast storage of the console. It is therefore impossible to play directly on a PS5 game installed on an external hard drive. It will therefore be necessary to copy it to the internal disk before playing.

    PS4 titles will however be playable directly from an external disk, a particularly interesting point since the catalog of the previous generation represents a very large part of the games available for the moment.

    Is there any performance loss while playing on an external drive?

    The answer to this question will depend on the type of disc used. In practice, however, the loading times are almost unchanged if an external SSD is used. On a hard disk drive, on the other hand, loading times explode, increasing from 20 to 100% depending on the title.

    Should you choose an SSD or a platter drive?

    From a pure performance point of view, the question is quickly answered: SSDs are superior to conventional disks whether for copy times (for PS5 games) or loading times (for PS5 games). However, their cost per gigabyte is much higher.

    Which disks are supported?

    In theory, all external USB disks are supported as long as they meet the connectivity and capacity criteria:

    • USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen1/USB 3.2 Gen1
    • The minimum capacity of 250 GB and a maximum of 8 TB

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