You would think that with all the advances in modern technology, Sony would design their new console with enough an adequete amount of storage space that you won’t need a portable SSD to share the load. But you’d be wrong.
The PS5’s hard drive is pretty tiny, and you can’t move PS5 games to a portable SSD drive yet. Fortunately, you can store and play PS4 games on an external drive — and if you want to save as much of the PS5’s precious ultra-high speed space as possible, then you’ll need a portable SSD.
If you want to move any PS4 games over to your new console, you’re going to need an external drive. You’ll need to format your portable SSD as Extended Storage, which you can do through the PS5’s Storage settings. (Later firmware updates will let you move your PS5 games to external storage as well, likely through the same menu.)
This article has been updated since its original publication.
If you’re looking to grab a portable SSD, but aren’t sure what’s worth picking up, we’ve collected a few suggestions below. Even if you don’t currently have a PS5, they’re a handy thing to have in general.
Before you buy a portable SSD, you should consider the type of games you usually play. If you’re someone who needs all of the big AAA titles, a 1TB SSD might not go as far as you’d like. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War clocks in at a huge 130GB, while the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 is 114GB. That’s almost a solid quarter of your SSD full in just two games.
And, as a general rule of thumb, always go with the SSD option over a HD. While you can get a portable HD with more storage for cheaper you’ll be sacrificing some crucial transfer speeds. You’re better off buying a SSD, because they’ll effortlessly outperform any HD – especially if you plan on playing PS4 games directly from the drive.
- Samsung T5 Portable SSD (1TB) – $179: If you really want to stretch your dollar when it comes to buying a portable SSD, Samsung’s T5 is a solid, reliable choice that won’t blow out your wallet.
- Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB) – $203.47: This is a decent all-rounder external SSD with emphasis on “portable”.
- WD Black P50 Pro Game Drive SSD (1TB) – $287.79: Be it internal or external, WD Black are always a safe bet when it comes to SSDs. The p50 is optimised to be used as game storage, so you’ll get some super fast loading times. This SSD is currently on sale through Amazon US, but is on back-order. You’ll have to wait a little extra to get it, but you’ll save yourself just over $80.
- Samsung T7 Portable SSD (1TB) – $299: The step up from Samsung’s T5 SSDs. With maximum read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s, Sandisk’s SSD isn’t a bad choice if your library is mostly full of smaller sized titles.
- Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD (1TB) – $349: If you’re after a portable SSD that’s been optimised for games, and you’re someone who craves customisable RGB LEDs on all their hardware, then the FireCuda is the SSD for you.