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Western Digital Confirms It Has a PS5 Ready SSD

Western Digital Confirms It Has a PS5 Ready SSD - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 10,256 Views

Western Digital has told VideoGamesChronicle that its premium "WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink" SSD will work with the PlayStation 5. 

The Western Digital SSD is priced at $139.99 / £140.99 for 500GB, $249.99 / £218.99 for 1TB and $429.99 / £452.99 for 2TB.

"Based on Sony’s published requirements, we can confirm our WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD with Heatsink (500GB-2TB) meets the stated requirements to expand console storage on the PlayStation 5 for those with access to the PlayStation 5 Beta software," said a Western Digital spokesperson. "Compatibility testing is in progress."

Western Digital Confirms It Has a PS5 Ready SSD

Seagate has also said its FireCuda 530 SSD with a heatsink is compatible with the PS5. It is priced at $169.99 for 500GB, $274.99 for 1TB, $569.99 for 2TB and $1,049.99 for 4TB.

Sony Interactive Entertainment this week began to roll out PlayStation 5 system software beta version 2.0-04.00.00 to users who are in the PlayStation 5 system software beta program.

The PS5 system software beta update adds support to expand the console's storage with an M.2 SSD. You will need an M.2 SSD that’s PCIe Gen 4 and has read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster and a of 250 GB minimum and no larger than 4 TB. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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26 Comments
DonFerrari (on 30 July 2021)

And people complain of PS5 being to expensive... a compatible SSD with similar capacity is basically half the price of the whole console.

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elazz DonFerrari (on 30 July 2021)

I purchased the 1TB SN850 for 160 without heatsink since I still have a couple left from other NVME's for which I'm using the heatsink of the motherboard. Could've also gone for the 500GB for 100 which would have also been sufficient for now.

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DonFerrari elazz (on 01 August 2021)

Sure you can save a few bucks and shave on some corners. But you can buy the discless PS5 for 400, and if you were to buy the 1TB with a heatsink the price would be very close to half the price of the PS5 don't you agree?

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kazuyamishima (on 30 July 2021)

I’ll wait a few more months to get one since After 6 PS5 games and 8 PS4 games on the internal SSD, I still have more than half the space.

Kraken compression is also a great thing on the PS5. As an example, the last patch for AC Valhalla is about 17-23 gb on Xbox consoles and even PS4 pro. But just under 6gb on PS5.

I hope more companies start to use it

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fauzman (on 30 July 2021)

I honestly thought starting prices would be even higher. The prices (while expensivel aren't too bad and should start be reasonably priced in a few years. I know lots of people were complaining about ps5 not having any ssds available but this seems like it was the right move.

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Bristow9091 (on 30 July 2021)

... Why is the 500GB more expensive in £ than $ o.O

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Tharthesos Bristow9091 (on 30 July 2021)

'Cause we are feckin' co*ksuckers!

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OneTime Bristow9091 (on 31 July 2021)

Usually sales tax isn't included in $ prices. VAT Tax is 20% in the UK. You can always buy from the US via mail order if the difference is bigger than that (it usually isn't after shipping and import duty).

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Kristof81 OneTime (on 02 August 2021)

$140 is £100 ... add 20% tax and you have £120. Not sure where did that extra £20 come from?

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Kristof81 (on 02 August 2021)

I thought I would never say this, but XBS/X's 1TB card $220 MSRP looks like a bargain. PS5's equivalent is from $30 to $50 more expensive. The only downside is that there's no 512GB option.

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Giggity_goo (on 01 August 2021)

not far off Microsoft expansions i will wait until more games are released i have usb HDD's to run last gen games so im good for a year or 2

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DonFerrari Giggity_goo (on 01 August 2021)

Specs are double of Xbox and can get cheaper faster since there will be mutliple vendors.

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SuperRetroTurbo (on 31 July 2021)

Two things are guaranteed in life. Death and being dragged through the cleaners for anything video game related.

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yvanjean (on 30 July 2021)

It's nice to see a 500gb option. I hope Xbox can follow suit and release a 500gb Option.

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trunkswd yvanjean (on 30 July 2021)

If the Xbox had a 500GB option for $99 I'd buy one. The 500 GB on my Series S keeps filling up. Luckily I have fast internet. Once I get a PS5 I'll probably upgrade the storage.

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gtotheunit91 (on 30 July 2021)

Well, at least this makes it easier to know what I can get!

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trunkswd gtotheunit91 (on 30 July 2021)

Keep an eye out. I'm sure over the coming months we will know of more SSDs that will work in the PS5.

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OneTime trunkswd (on 31 July 2021)

I'm pretty sure that all new SSDs will get the sticker eventually. It's just the latest generation of NVMe technology. Once stocks of old NVMe are gone, they'll only make Gen4.

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DonFerrari gtotheunit91 (on 01 August 2021)

Don`t worry, we will get sponsored PS5 SSDs or as another one mentioned the label on some 3rd parties saying it is compatible.

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Moseskyle83 (on 30 July 2021)

And people were saying the Xbox series memory cards was expensive

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DonFerrari Moseskyle83 (on 01 August 2021)

And it is, same space, half the speed and more expensive. And PS5 SSDs won`t be profiting to Sony for most of them, and they will drop faster in price.

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dane007 (on 30 July 2021)

With my series x I just bought a 4tb hdd and whatever games I don't play, I just transfer to hdd and transfer bk to ssd when I decide to play it lol

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kazuyamishima dane007 (on 31 July 2021)

So same as PS5 then.

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DonFerrari dane007 (on 01 August 2021)

You can do the same on PS5. You can play PS4 games from this external HD just like Xbox but won`t be able to play current gen from the HDD.

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dane007 DonFerrari (on 01 August 2021)

U can with xbox but it won't be fast loading. I feel that's the best solution for both next gen consoles as ssd is far too expensive atm

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DonFerrari dane007 (on 02 August 2021)

I know you can do it on Xbox. I won't need because I don't play many games at once, but yes for me that is a better solution until SSD isn't considerably cheaper.

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