With the announcement this week that the new PS5 update will allow you to move your PS5 games to an external USB storage, I thought it would be wise to take a quick look at some of the best external hard drives for your PS5 game storage.
Before we start talking, if you have already purchased an external hard drive for your PS4, it’s okay to use one of these for your PS5 as well. You may need to reformat it when you plug it in (it will erase all current data on the drive), but after that rapid process it’s okay.
If you’ve upgraded your PS4 to an internal hard drive, you can also consider purchasing a cheap hard drive enclosure to convert to an external drive. This is a quick and easy fix, but it’s clear that you won’t be able to use your PS4 for future use unless you reinstall your old drive.
Most importantly, keep in mind that PS5 games that have been moved to an external hard drive cannot be played and can only stay there for storage purposes. If you want to play them again, you need to transfer them back to internal storage and apply the new updates. This isn’t the perfect solution, but the process is usually much faster than installing or downloading a new game each time.
This is the best solution so far, at least until Sony reveals a list of compatible PS5 SSDs that can be installed in the console’s (currently inactive) expansion bay. Digital Foundry is still monitoring this situation and will definitely update the list of SSDs best suited for PS5 when specific information is available.
Yes, let’s return to the purpose for which we are all here.
External hard drive best suited for PS5
An old favorite, Seagate Portable makes it easy to choose the best PS5 external hard drive because of its reliability and affordability. You can buy several different sized drives, but 2TB may be the wisest and most cost-effective. The 4TB version is probably overkill for most people, but if you really want to get the maximum value at less than 2p per gigabyte, 5TB isn’t a bad option.
Various PlayStation branded versions of this drive are also available-including those with a design inspired by the Last of Us 2-but it’s essentially the same and at a higher price. Unless you really want your hard drive to be some sort of statement piece, you don’t have to spend your money on it.
Another option is to consider the range of Western Digital My Passport. These drives typically fluctuate in the same price range as Seagate Portable and offer similar performance, but can be a bit more expensive.
Cheapest external hard drive for PS5
As a slightly cheaper option, you can purchase a Toshiba Canvio Basics series hard drive instead. The smallest 1TB drive usually costs around £ 40, so it’s not much different than Seagate or Western Digital’s external hard drives. No matter how small the savings are, they will help!
Great if you don’t think you’ll need a lot of additional storage space, or if you’re using a small game library. Given the lack of a full-fledged PS5 game, that’s probably a lot of us right now. However, things like Returnal and Deathloop will be released this year as well, with no further unfortunate delays. There may also be many final generation hits and more PS5 upgrade patches to the PlayStation Limited Edition.
Fastest external hard drive for PS5
Here is a toss-up between the two, depending on your budget and needs.
The first recommendation is Samsung T5. A slim and fashionable portable SSD. The transfer speed is up to 500MB / sec, and the price of the 500GB drive is quite reasonable. Of course, we pay a premium for jumping to faster and more robust flash storage, but it’s been much more affordable in the last few years.
Another option is Crucial X8. A collection of SSDs that are perfect for gaming and a favorite of digital foundries, it offers up to twice the speed of Samsung. If you need something for your PS5 game storage, this drive is probably a bit overkill, at a much higher cost.
Keep in mind that PlayStation 5 limits the value of external SSDs to some extent, given that PS5 games cannot be run from extended storage. That said, if you think you’re going to make a lot of round-trip transfers, you’ll get some benefit. In addition, PS4 games that you decide to play from external storage have the advantage of short loading times.
Overall, these are the drives you should consider if you plan to get a PS5 external hard drive following the latest update of the console. Now we are waiting for the news about when we can upgrade our internal SSD storage. Or, if you’re still looking for a console, visit our dedicated page to keep track of all the latest PS5 stock news.