PlayStation 5 is the latest console from Sony which has finally been released after such a long wait. This next-gen console comes with ferocious “innards” alongside super-fast SSD-based storage. But unfortunately, the SSD on the PS5 only has a capacity of 825GB.
That’s pretty small especially when it’s truncated for the system to only leave around 667GB. Therefore, additional storage such as external HDD and SSD is required if you want to store more games. Here are some of the best to buy.
1. VectoTech Rapid 2TB External SSD
The VectoTech Rapid External SSD may be very expensive, but it offers very fast read/write speeds, making it perfect for storing games. It has read speeds of up to 540MB/s and transfer speeds 3-4 times faster than conventional HDDs.
In addition to 2TB, there are 1TB and 4TB options for those who may need more. With a casing made of high-durability aluminum, the VectoTech Rapid is also much more impact resistant. It’s perfect for the PS4, but can also be used as extra storage for the PS5.
2. Fantom Drives 2TB External HDD
Unlike the VectoTech Rapid, Fantom Drives are cheaper external HDDs, but also slower. Even so, it offers 7200 RPM so it can be called a bit faster than traditional HDD in general. Packaging, it has an aluminum casing for better protection.
In addition, the mesh design on the front also increases airflow so it doesn’t heat up quickly. Finally, to increase the life of the components inside, this 2TB HDD is equipped with a power button, so users can turn it off when not in use.
3. WD Black 2TB P10 Portable External HDD
The WD Black P10 is another less expensive alternative to external HDDs. It has a minimum capacity of 2TB, but there are two other options that are much larger namely 4TB and 5TB. The design is simple but attractive, and durable enough to travel with.
Although in terms of performance it still can’t match or beat SSDs, this external HDD has somewhat better performance than other HDDs on the market. Plus, it also comes with a three-year warranty, in case something untoward happens. This is one of the most recommended external HDDs.
4. Samsung T7 Touch Portable 1TB SSD
Next up is the Samsung T7 Touch, a portable SSD with a minimalist design and easy to carry around. There are variants with 500GB capacity which are the cheapest, 1TB is the most suitable, and 2TB is for those who really need extra storage.
For performance, it has read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and writes of up to 1000MB/s. When compared to the T5 model, it is twice as fast. In addition, for additional protection, Samsung also provides this SSD with a fingerprint sensor that uses 256-bit AES encryption.
5. Seagate Portable 1TB External HDD
With WD, Seagate has an excellent reputation in the external storage space. Seagate Portable 1TB External HDD is one of their best products which is also available in capacities of 2TB, 4TB, and 5TB. It’s designed for Windows and Mac, but it still works well on consoles like the PS5.
With a portable concept, it has a compact size and does not take up space. This is the best option for those who are looking for an affordable HDD, but on the one hand, they also want a high-quality one.
6. WD Elements 4TB External HDD
WD Elements 4TB External HDD is the next best external HDD that doesn’t drain the wallet but comes with a large storage capacity. If 4TB is considered excessive, there are still 1TB and 2TB options, or if it is deemed insufficient, there is a 5TB option.
These HDDs may not be as fast as the others on this list – especially SSDs, but they are really helpful for those on a tight budget. For those who have more budget and want products from WD, it is highly recommended to have the WD Black P10 which was reviewed in the previous point.
7. Seagate FireCuda 1TB External SSD
The Seagate FireCuda External SSD is made especially for gamers. Alongside 1TB, this external SSD also offers 500GB and 2TB options as well. FireCuda has USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 which allows data transfer rates of up to 2000MB/s.
This powerful performance is packaged in a slim aluminum casing for more effective heat dissipation. That way, it can have a longer lifespan than other external storage. Of all the SSDs on this list, FireCuda is the most agile in terms of speed.
Those were the reviews as well as recommendations for the best HDD and SSD for extra storage on the PS5. Before buying, please note that the HDD and SSD above can only work for PS4 games played by PS5. PS5 games require a Sony-certified custom SSD, of which there is no external version so far.