Seagate Unveils First of Its Kind, Sony-Approved PS5 Compatible Internal SSD Expansion

The new Seagate FireCuda 530 built-in SSD expansion will be fully compatible with the PS5’s built-in SSD slot and will provide storage sizes of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Seagate revealed that the M.2 SSD has met “all PS5 requirements” after testing with Sony, making the internal SSD storage expansion the company’s first approval. The FireCuda 530 will be launched in August, just in time for the SSD storage expansion update that Sony plans to launch this summer, which is currently part of the PS5 system software beta.

Reports earlier this year indicated that Sony plans to release a new firmware update for the PS5, allowing users to install additional internal storage expansions to increase the storage space of the console. Currently, the PS5 only provides about 667GB of usable storage space on its internal SSD, and many people criticize it for being too small. A common example is Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Depending on the degree of installation content, the combination of the two may take up more than 400GB of space. Other games usually run between 50 and 100 GB, which limits the capacity of the console.

Although Microsoft’s Xbox Series X has an expansion slot that uses a proprietary memory card, Sony has not yet unlocked its internal SSD expansion port. PS5 can support external SSD, but limited by the connection speed of the USB port, it can only support PS4 games and PS5 games cold storage (cannot be played from storage). Although Sony confirmed that the internal SSD slot will support M.2 NVMe drives, Sony has not yet discussed which drives will be approved.

That is, until now. In an interview with Finder.au, Seagate Country Manager Jeff Parker stated that the company has  “done some testing with Sony on the PlayStation 5,”  and confirmed that the FireCuda 530 “met all the PS5 requirements” even including the radiator. (The beta version of the PS5 system software indicates that users may need to research and install their own heat sinks on compatible SSD expansion units without them.)

“With the PS5 design, the SSD card slot is very narrow, so there’s not much room for the SSD to mount. However, with the FireCuda 530 – even with the heatsink on the top – the slim design allows for it to fit. Of course, the FireCuda 530 without the heatsink is slimmer, so both of them will fit into the PS5.” – Seagate

FireCuda 530 has a read time of 7.3 GB/s and a write time of 6.9 GB/s, which is faster than the PS5’s default 5.5 GB/s. SSDs will also provide various storage sizes, each with a version with a heat sink.

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