Sony announced yesterday that an upcoming firmware update would allow for the PS5’s M2 SSD expansion slots to finally begin working, a few months on from its release last November. Soon, it was also confirmed that Seagate’s upcoming FireCuda 530 NVMe SSD would be compatible with the PS5. Now, a second PS5-compatible SSD has also been confirmed.
Western Digital has confirmed in a statement to VGC that its WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD with Heatsink, which is available right now, will be compatible with the PS5. A company spokesperson said: “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. Compatibility testing is in progress.”
As you’d expect, the SN580 SSD isn’t exactly cheap. The 500 GB model retails for $149.99, the 1 TB model for $229.99, and the 2 TB model for $529.99.
The PS5’s SSD expansions will become available for beta users when the console’s next update goes live. Stay tuned until then for more details.