PlayStation 5 September 2021 OS Update now lets you use M.2 SSD on PS5

Get those very specific kinds of PS5 supported M.2 SSD drives ready.

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A large PlayStation 5 OS update has dropped that finally enables the M.2 SSD slot on all PS5 consoles. What Sony is calling the ‘second major PS5 system software update’ will finally allow gamers to expand their ninth generation console’s internal high-speed storage and play games directly off it — which means no more copying files back and forth! 

The update also expands upon mobile features and improves both the PS App and PS Remote Play. It even makes Share Screen broadcasts available on phones from September 23, 2021.


What is a PS5 M.2 SSD?

M.2 SSD devices are a type of high-speed solid state drive. You can install one in your PS5 to increase the storage of your PlayStation 5 console. It’s an additional purchase, and does not come with it by default.

M.2 SSD storage acts no differently to the internal PS5 storage, and can be used to download, copy and launch games and apps. This is different to external storage, which can only be used to play PlayStation 4 software that doesn’t have as strict loading requirements


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Which M.2 SSDs work with PS5?

If you want to put an M.2 SSD in your PS5, it needs to meet the following standards:


  • Interface PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
  • Storage 250 GB–4 TB
  • Supported Sizes 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110
  • Read Speed 5500 MB/s or faster
  • Socket Type Socket 3 (Key M)


Size Including Heat-Dissipation Mechanism

  • Width Up to 25mm
  • Length 30/40/60/80/110mm
  • Thickness Up to 11.25mm (No more than 8.0mm from above the board, or 2.45mm from below the board.)


An M.2 SSD in the PS5 needs a cooling structure to dissipate the heat, including a heatsink and a heat transfer sheet. You’ll want to use a single-sided cooling structure as it will fit more easily. You can buy an M.2 SSD for PS5 that has a cooling structure pre-installed.

If you want to know how to install an M.2 SSD in a PS5, you’ll want to check out this page here.

Other PS5 September System OS Software Updates

There’s a big focus on the UX (user experience) in the September PS5 Update. Changes have been made to both the Control Center and the Game Base to make them quicker and more user friendly.


  • PlayStation 5 owners can now customize their Control Center, with the new ability to rearrange the order of icons or even hide icons if they don’t use them.


  • They can also now read and write messages to friends with a press of the PS button in the middle of the controller, without leaving their current application.


  • People that use the Chat Party features can now disband a Party without having to remove every player in it.


  • In the Game Base menu you can now see how friends are online, busy, or offline. You can also respond to multiple friend requests at a time, if you’re the busy-but-social type.


  • There’s also a new Trophy Tracker in the Control Center that will allow players to better keep an eye on their progress in up to five trophy challenges per game.

Game Library Update — Bye Bye, Dumb Delivery

If you own PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game, they’ll now appear separately. That’s in both the Game Library and on the Home Screen. Game tiles also now indicate which platform the game software is for.


3d audio

3D Audio comes to Built-In TV Speakers

After enabling 3D Audio in the system settings, the PS5 can now use your TV speakers to emulate 3D sound. Players can also now use the microphone on their DualSense wireless controller to measure the room dimensions and then apply the 3D audio setting most appropriate for their play space. 3D Audio is also still available via compatible headsets, as it has been since launch.



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