The latest firmware update for the PS5 finally players were able to take advantage of the M.2 expansion slot in the console, and now players are doing their best to find out which NVMe SSD is the right choice for them, of the few options that meet Sony’s spec requirements, but a recent video from Digital Foundry suggests you don’t actually need the best specs SSD in front of PS5In fact, even the worst console compatible one you could buy would be just fine.
In the video, Richard Leadbetter of Digital Foundry embarks on a test process or the worst spec’d SSD you could buy for the PS5, that’s the SSD that goes against everything Sony’s recommended specifications can be carried out Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
According to Digital Foundry, the Western Digital 250GB SN750 SE is the lowest-spec Gen 4 SSD that you can buy, at least still works on you PS5, so they tested that against the Western Digital 1TB SN850, arguably the best drive you can buy right now PS5 and the internal console SSD.
The findings were interesting to say the least, as not only does the video suggest that Sony’s method of benchmarking any SSD you install is wildly inaccurate, but the SN750 SE, which has read and write speeds that should make it incompatible with the PS5, works practically as well as the internal SSD or the Mark Cerny recommended Western Digital SN850.
The only catch is that the SN750 is much slower when it comes to transferring games from the internal SSD to the new drive, but in terms of loading times and gameplay, they’re both completely comparable to the point where it would be hard to really tell. say the difference.
It should be noted that earlier in the year we saw a similar incident where The Verge ran the same kind of test, using different SSDs, and got the same result as Digital Foundry. Now that we’ve seen testing at several outlets with different drives, it’s probably worth trying your luck with a lower-spec PCIe Gen 4.0 drive if you’re looking to expand your storage space at a bargain.
You can watch the video for yourself, here:
Source – [YouTube]