One of the more notable things about the current generation consoles is their upgradeability; unlike the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One before them, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series consoles can be upgraded thanks to a limited form of modularity, giving them some sort of future-proofing with those powerful RDNA chips in tow.
While most of these upgrade paths are somewhat limited to their storage space, this is still an important leap for consoles, especially given how they leverage SSDs and fast storage in general for a lot of their features. The PlayStation 5, in particular, considers it a centerpiece for most of its tech. That said, like the PlayStation 5 itself, its SSD components still suffer from particularly high prices that might not be worth even looking at for a lot of users.
Thankfully, some PC component manufacturers are trying to cover this ever-growing market by releasing less pricier offerings. Just last week, Gigabyte released their latest Aorus Gen 4 7000 series SSD, which is fully compliant with the required specs released by Sony for the PlayStation 5. Check out the tweet below.
PS5, we’re ready! 🤗
✔️ NVMe PCIe 4.0, checked!
✔️ Read speed 5500+ mb/s, checked!
✔️ Aluminum dual-sided thermal design, checked!
— AORUS (@AorusOfficial) July 30, 2021
PlayStation 5 SSDs and availability
It might surprise some people to know that Sony has only recently enabled SSD storage expansion for the PlayStation 5. The roll-out for this feature began with the beta users, and it’s the first time the system will be able to work with off-the-shelf SSDs, much like what Gigabyte is offering now.
In terms of pricing, this Gigabyte Aorus Gen 4 7000 series SSD is retailing for $200 for the 1TB model, while the 2TB model will set purchasers back $400. In the end, even though it’s still pricey, it’s still less expensive than the other two notable brands. Western Digital’s offerings are priced at $139.99, $249.99 and $429.99 for 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models, respectively. Seagate’s FireCuda models with the built-in heat sinks are the most expensive, costing $169.99, $274.99 and $569.99 for the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models. It’s worth noting that Seagate is also the only one offering the biggest capacity model at the moment, with a gigantic 4TB SSD available to purchase for $1,049.99.
— WD_BLACK (@wd_black) July 29, 2021
While there have been a lot more options in terms of storage made available for PlayStation 5 owners, Sony has been quick to notify the public that despite meeting the quota of requirements, some SSDs will still possibly not work with the system. This means that consumers must still look to the component manufacturers for clarification, especially if they’re going to end up purchasing rather expensive storage options for their console.
SSDs are important upgrades for the PlayStation 5 as attaching an external drive to the system will not allow its users to play PlayStation 5 games; rather, they can only play PlayStation 4 games. With the built-in storage very limited, players who are looking to build upon their digital library will likely find an SSD upgrade an inevitability in the future.