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The First PS5 Compatible SSDs Have Been Announced, And They're Not Cheap

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The First PS5 Compatible SSDs Have Been Announced, And They're Not Cheap

If you want an SSD for your PlayStation 5, you'd best tighten your belt and start saving up, because these gizmos cost an arm and a leg.

Listed on Western Digital, the solid-state drives are available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. There are a lot of abbreviations and numbers here that I will not pretend to understand, but I will acknowledge them for those of who can translate. "The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD reaches irrational 7000MB/s read speed and 5300MB/s write speed to get you in quicker, with up to 1,000,000 IOPS for a smooth, responsive and powerful gaming experience," reads the description.

I can't comment much on this, other than the design of the SSD looks like something from Watch Dogs. One: it's the same letters as Western Digital, and two: the ct_OS logo would blend in beautifully here. Also, it's got flashy RGB lighting if you choose one with a heatsink. I know what that one means!

Returning to the matter at hand, these products cost $149.99, $229.99, and $449.99 for the 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB SSDs, respectively. Purchasing the 2TB one is practically like purchasing another PlayStation 5. It stings my eyes even to consider that comparison. Luckily for us, the prices of SSDs will depreciate over time as competitors come out with their own versions of compatible SSDs. Still, adding the prices of next-gen games, plus the console itself, plus this extra storage, it's a breathtaking sum, all in all.

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The SSD is a major element of the PlayStation 5's promises for zippy loading times in expansive and technically impressive games like Demon's Souls or Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The Xbox Series X may be the most powerful console ever, but the PlayStation 5 is able to read up to 5.5GB a second of raw data with its 825GB SSD. Now, that is incredibly fast, but the SSD included in the console is incredibly dinky. We expect that games will get bigger and bigger with the scale and scope warranted by the new hardware. As a result, you should start saving up for another SSD for your PlayStation 5 if you want to make the most of the next generation of games.

And, according to recent research, the PlayStation 5 has been crowned the king of the pre-orders. Though only 15% of the respondents had managed to successfully pre-purchase a console, 82% of people had opted for the PlayStation 5. The disc edition trumped the digital edition with ease, as only 10% chose the latter.

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Topics: PlayStation 5, PlayStation

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