PS5: how to install and move games and applications to M.2 SSD, the official Sony guide

PS5: how to install and move games and applications to M.2 SSD, the official Sony guide


Sony has shared a guide dedicated to using an NVMe M.2 SSD on PS5, which is limited to those with the latest beta firmware at the time of writing. The storage memory can be used to expand the space available to us on the PlayStation 5 and can also run PS4 and PS5 games directly. Gamers will want to know how to install games and applications on NVMe M.2 SSDs. Here is the official Sony guide, which we propose in translation.

How to install games and applications on the M.2 SSD storage memory on a PS5 console

You can download games from PlayStation Store on your M.2 SSD. Go to the home screen and select Settings> Storage memory> Installation location, to set it.

To move already installed games and apps to your console's memory:

Go to your games home and select Game Library. Highlight the data you want to move, press the Options button and then select Move games and applications. If you are using both an M.2 SSD and a USB extended storage drive, go to the "Items you can move to M.2 SSD storage" tab. Select any other games and apps you want to move and select Move.

To check your storage space and to move or delete data on your M.2 SSD, go to the home screen and select Settings> Storage memory> M.2 SSD

This is all that is reported on the subject in the official Sony guide dedicated to the M.2 NVMe SSD for PS5.

If you want to know how to install an M.2 SSD: here is the complete guide and technical requirements from Sony . Finally, we point out that an M.2 SSD does not guarantee performance equal to that of the internal SSD.

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How to use the PS5’s M.2 SSD expandable storage

a pair of sunglasses on a table: The PS5 software beta now supports M.2 SSDs. © Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge The PS5 software beta now supports M.2 SSDs.

Sony has started beta testing the first software update for the PS5 today, and it includes M.2 SSD expandable storage support. The long-awaited feature is available for testers right now and will launch on all PS5 consoles later this year. We’ll need to test a variety of drives with the PS5, but right now Sony requires at least a PCIe Gen4 SSD, with a minimum capacity of 250GB. Sony is also recommending a drive capable of 5,500MB/s, but slower Gen4 drives may still be supported.

I’ve tested Corsair’s MP600 (2TB) with the PS5, and it’s very easy to get it all up and running in less than two minutes. Here’s how it all works:

  • To use the expandable storage in the PS5, you’ll need to remove the side panels from the console. Make sure you’ve unplugged the power cord, and then follow this really useful YouTube video on how to remove the side panels correctly. It’s a little fiddly, but the PS5 is sturdy, so don’t worry you’re not going to snap the panels.
  • Once you’ve removed both panels, you need to locate the M.2 SSD slot. It’s on the left-hand side of the fan; that’s on the side where the PS5’s disc drive resides. You’ll need a screwdriver to unscrew the cover on the M.2 SSD slot, and to remove a screw that fixes your drive into place.
  • Once the cover has been removed, you’ll find a black screw that Sony has supplied at the very top inside the slot. Unscrew this and use it to hold your SSD into place. Sony recommends using an M.2 SSD with a heatsink, so if you’ve purchased a Gen4 one without one, there are a variety of heatsinks you can purchase to affix to SSDs that will help with cooling.
  • Now that the M.2 SSD is in place, you can put the cover back on the slot and then gently slide the side panels back into place on either side. Reconnect the power cord, and boot up your PS5.
  • If your M.2 SSD isn’t compatible, you’ll be met with a warning from your PS5 that you need a Gen4 drive with at least 256GB of space. Otherwise, you’ll need to go ahead and format the drive for use on the PS5. Make sure you’ve backed up any data on the drive if you’ve been using it in other systems.
  • Formatting took less than 10 seconds on my Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive. Once formatting has been completed, the PS5 will quickly test the drive speed and warn you that if you have issues with a game installed on the M.2 SSD, try moving it to the internal storage.
  • You can then freely move installed games over to the M.2 SSD storage, or install new games from the PlayStation Store directly to the storage. During testing, it took around 30 seconds to move Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from the internal storage to the Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive.
  • Sony’s new PS5 M.2 SSD support is in beta, so we’re still waiting to hear from SSD manufacturers about all the drives supported. Seagate is the first to confirm FireCuda 530 drives are compatible with the PS5, and we’ve tested Corsair’s MP600 to confirm it also works fine on the PS5. We’ll have more details on supported drives as and when manufacturers confirm their list of SSDs.