The PS5 SSD is one of Sony’s biggest selling points. However, not many of us know exactly what makes it better, let alone what makes it different from a traditional HDD.
With that said, we decided to do something.
If you want to know more about the PS5 Solid State Drive and how it makes the PS5 better, then read on below.
What Type of SSD is Used in the PS5?
On its own, a Solid State Drive offers a significant improvement over traditional Hard Disk Drives.
One of the main benefits of using an SSD over an HHD is because an SSD does everything electronically. This allows an SSD to read/write information faster than mechanically-bound hard drives. However, the PlayStation 5 takes things up a notch by using a heavily-customized PCIe 4.0 SSD.
PS5 SSD Speed
Currently, a normal SSD can only have access to a link speed of 6.0 Gb/s via the SATA 3.0 standard. Meanwhile, in comparison, a PCIe 4.0 SSD has access to a link speed of around 32 Gb/s.
On top of this, Sony customized the PCIe 4.0 SSD to have a 12-channel memory controller, among other things.
What is the PS5 SSD Size?
The PlayStation 5 Solid State Drive will have 825 GB in space.
This is not a lot for today.
For context, one of the most played video games today, Call of Duty: Warzone, takes up more than 100GB on the PlayStation 4 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare installed.
This essentially means that you’ll only have space for around 6 of such games.
What is the PS5 SSD Specs?
- Internal Storage Space: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO Throughput: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
- Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot
- External Storage: USB HDD Support
What is the PS5 SSD Performance Like?
The PS5 SSD is so much faster than the PlayStation 4 HDD on paper.
But, just how much faster it is in reality?
Capable of reading up to 5.5GB of raw data a second, the PS5 SSD is capable of “instantaneous read speeds and essentially render loading screens useless.
Here’s a good example of what it’s like in action.
The best part? This isn’t even the final version.
Apparently, according to the Wired, this was a “low-speed” version of the actual SSD that will be used for the PlayStation 5 once it releases.
Considering that this version cut down the loading times from 15 seconds to 0.8 seconds, you can only imagine just how much better the final version will be.
Lack of storage aside, Sony was correct in making an investment in improving the storage technology of their next-generation console.
Hopefully, adding more storage down the line won’t be a big problem.
If Sony can make sure that there’ll be enough officially-supported aftermarket storage drives available for the PlayStation 5, then loading times will indeed become a thing of the past for future gamers.