The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe is now an official PS5 SSD, and it carries PlayStation branding on its packaging to reflect this.
While the PS5 does not have an official list of compatible SSDs, it does have a spec requirement so that owners can verify if an SSD is fast enough for the latest PlayStation console. This is because not every M.2 SSD will work as the PS5 requires a specific speed.
With this, less tech-savvy gamers can more easily know that the WD_BLACK SSD is PS5 compatible. Though this official PlayStation branding might make it more expensive, depending on where you buy it.
— WD_BLACK (@wd_black) July 11, 2022
Here are the specs of the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD Specs:
- Capacity – 1 TB
- Form Factor – M.2 2280 S3-M
- Interface – PCIe Gen4 x4
- Sequential Read Performance – 7000MB/s
- Sequential Write Performance – 5300MB/s
- System Requirements
- PlayStation®5 (PS5™ system software version 21.02-04.00.00 or higher required.)
- Not intended for NAS or server environments.
- Dimensions (L x W x H) – 3.15″ x 0.92″ x 0.35″
In the US, this WD_BLACK SSD is priced at USD 169.99 for the 1TB version and USD 279.99 for the 2TB variant.
Back in September 2021, Sony finally enabled the M.2 SSD expansion slot on the PS5, meaning that players on PS5 can get more storage. While there are lots of compatible SSDs, this particular WD_BLACK drive has been a popular one. In fact, this drive was the SSD of choice for Mark Cerny, the PS5’s chief architect.
Our solution to our very active two gamer PS5 household? His-and-hers SSDs 🙂
Couple of awesome options for 7000MB/s, ended up putting my $$ down on this one. Going to be SWEEET!!! pic.twitter.com/6TuqPwK49x
— Mark Cerny (@cerny) August 1, 2021
Wondering how to install and check if an SSD is compatible with the PS5? Visit the official PlayStation guide.