External hard drives for PS5: buying guide (considerations, best models…)

Better an SSD

ssd drives

Mechanical hard drives have become obsolete as solid-state drives have been introduced and cheaper. A few years ago, they were a big investment, but today, for less than 100 euros, it is easy to get 1TB of high-speed storage.

Already at the time it was advisable to use a SSD as external storage on PS4. However, with PS5 it becomes a almost essential requirement. The new generation console is designed so that we can enjoy the game with hardly any loading times, and going back to a mechanical disc will be like a nightmare for those who have already become accustomed to the immediacy of PS5.

you can do it yourself

custom ps5 usb case

Most of the products to expand the storage of your PlayStation 5 are plug & play. It’s a matter of taking it out of the box and plugging it into the console. However, if you control a little, you can buy the disk on one side and the case on the other. By doing this you will be able to save a lot of money. You will also know the quality of the disc that you are going to mount to your console, unlike those that come pre-mounted. It also has another advantage, and that is that if you run out of space, you can buy a new disk and you do not necessarily have to get a new case. It will be enough to mount the new disk in the USB casing and exchange it when we want to play certain titles.

A disc to save games, but not to play them

Of course, the use of external drives on PS5 has a very clear limitation imposed by the manufacturer itself, since we will not be able to install the latest generation games (those from PS5) on these USB drives and play them directly from there. In other words, if the main memory of the console is full of games and it won’t let you install any more titles, installing them on the new USB hard drive will only help you to have an external library where you can store them locally. If you try to run the game installed on the USB drive, the system will not allow you to launch it due to the technical limitations of the USB 3.0 port, as it cannot reach the speed of the console’s internal M.2 SSD. If, on the other hand, you want to play PS4 games, you won’t have any problem there and you can install as many as you want on the USB drive.

That said, if you have a game on the external USB and want to play it, you’ll need to move it to main memory when you want to run it. Taking into account that games usually take up a lot of space, our recommendation is that you use external SSD drives so that the entire process is done as quickly as possible. Of course, you will also have to assess what type of game store you are going to have, since if you plan to store dozens and dozens of games, a mechanical hard drive may be more profitable to be able to enjoy several terabytes of capacity.

Best external SSD drives for PS5

WD_Black P50 Game Drive

wd back p50 ps5

The Western Digital Black P50 is the fastest external drive on the market. It’s been custom designed for next-gen consoles, and features a 20-gigabit-per-second SuperSpeed ​​USB interface, twice that of standard USB 3.2 Gen2, which translates to a read speed of up to 2000MB/s.

the disc is compact, very strong and with a design thought to the millimeter to facilitate the heat dissipation, with a grid-shaped back, which allows the disc to be ventilated. You can connect it to your PS5 using either a USB Type-A or USB Type-C cable.

This model is available in versions of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Its price is not its strong point, since it will pose the dilemma of whether it is better to acquire one of these or go directly for the internal model for the console.

Samsung SSD T5

Samsung SSDs

Although it is not a device designed to play games, this Samsung external drive is already more than known for its versatility, and is used by video and photography professionals especially.

It is a very small, compact and drop resistant. Its transfer speed is up to 540MB/s. It is available in two colors, and is sold in capacities ranging from 250 GB up to 2TB.

Crucial X6

crucial x6

Crucial’s bet is quite similar to Samsung’s. The speed of the device is identical, that is, it works under the SATA interface. It is sold in 1 and 2TB formats and has a very compact design. Of its category, it is the product cheaper, which gives it a certain advantage over its competitors.

SanDisk Extreme Portable (Standard, Extreme and Extreme Pro)

With a very groundbreaking and attractive design, this Sandisk portable SSD is water and dust resistant. It is available in three different versions: Extreme Pro (2000 MB/s), Extreme (1050 MB/s) and in the standard edition, with more modest speeds of up to 550 MB/s. You have them with capabilities of 1 to 4TB. You will have the midpoint in the 1TB Extreme 1050 model, which has a fairly affordable price. However, if you want to get the most out of the experience, then go for the Extreme Pro.

WD My Passport SSD

My Passport SSD

The design of the WD My Passport SSD may suspiciously remind you of the Sandisk Extreme Portable. And it would not be unusual, because behind these two products is the same manufacturer. This model is sold in capacities ranging from 500GB up to 4TB. You can buy it even in 5 colorsIt’s different. His reading speed is up to 1,050MB/s. The fundamental difference between the WD and the Sandisk is the design. This prioritizes customization, while the model that is sold under the Sandisk brand is focused on the resistance and robustness of the product. In any case, they are two good options.

Our recommendations

The remaining PS5s are in Gaza

If you have come this far, surely you have some doubts about which model is more worthwhile than others. In general, the most interesting thing is to get a minimum 1TB disk. 2 TB disks are also quite interesting if you plan to have a good catalog of games and your economy allows it. Less than tera, it becomes difficult to justify the purchase. On the other hand, prices skyrocket when we get past the 2TB storage barrier, so only get one of those drives if you’re convinced you’ll be able to pay for it in the long run.

The SATA speeds (approximately 550 MB/s read) are enough not to despair with the loading screens. Although a higher reading rate will improve our experience. If the WD Black is out of your budget, the 1TB My Passport SSD It is the perfect balance point, since it is a fast unit as well as economical.

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