You’ll want to buy an SSD to get the most out of PlayStation Plus

You’ll want to buy an SSD to get the most out of PlayStation Plus

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Now that PlayStation Plus has upgraded its subscription service to a tiered model, many of you may be wondering how you’re going to download so many stellar games on what now seems like a tiny 667GB of internal storage size. Well, that’s why we’re here to tell you why a fast SSD for your PS5 is worth investing in.

In case you haven’t heard, PlayStation has revised its Plus membership to include three new tiers: Essential, Extra, and Deluxe. While you can sign up for a minimum of one month, three months, or a full year, you’ll find that each of the benefits differs depending on the level you choose.

The Essential subscription offers the same benefits members get today, starting at $11.95 for a single month. However, the Extra subscription includes all the current benefits, plus a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games that you can download to play. In the meantime, hardcore PS fans can pick up the Deluxe sub, which will give them all of the aforementioned benefits plus a catalog of nostalgia-inducing games from the original generations of PlayStation, PS2, and PSP. If you want to know exactly which games are available for download, check out David’s list here.

Great, so what does all this have to do with an external drive? Well folks, while the PS5’s hard drive has an internal 825GB SSD, it actually only has 667GB available for gaming. That can fill up pretty quickly, and assuming many of you upgrade your subscription to the PlayStation Plus bonus tier (at the very least), you’ll probably spend days downloading as much as possible to your internal library.

Those who live on a diet of AAA games (special mention to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for consuming a whopping 130 GB of my storage), you can obviously fill up that storage pretty quickly.

If you want to save as much of the PS5’s precious ultra-high-speed space as possible, then you should consider storing your games on a portable SSD. Fortunately, there are some solid options out there.

How to store your games on an SSD?

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If you’ve been lucky enough to own a PS5 since launch, you’ll know this feature wasn’t immediately available. It wasn’t until a software update in April 2021 that you were able to transfer your PS5 games to an external drive for storage.

In the announcement of this software update, Sony noted that it will be “faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy from a disc.” However, you will not be able to play your PS5 from an external drive.

But you can store and play PS4 games from an external drive. If you’re looking to move any PS4 or PS5 games to your new console, you’ll need to format your portable SSD as extended storage, which you can do through the PS5’s storage settings.

If you’re looking for even more storage options for your console, you can also install an internal SSD in your PS5. You can check out Kotaku Australia’s guide to doing this here.

Some SSD options for your PS5 games

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If you’re looking to get a portable SSD, but aren’t sure which one is worth choosing, we’ve compiled a few suggestions below. Even if you don’t currently have a PS5, it’s generally a useful thing to do.

Before you buy a portable SSD, you should consider the type of games you usually play. If you’re someone who needs all the big AAA titles, a 1TB SSD might not go as far as you’d like. As mentioned before, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War clocks in at a whopping 130GB, while the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 it is 114GB. That’s almost a solid quarter of your SSD filled in just two games. It is better to have the space and not need it than to need the space and not have it.

As a general rule of thumb, always go for the SSD option over an HD. While you can get a portable HD with more storage at a cheaper price, you’ll be sacrificing some crucial transfer speeds. You’re better off buying an SSD, because they’ll effortlessly outperform any HD, especially if you plan on playing PS4 games directly from the drive.

One of the more affordable options is the Samsung T5. you can grab a Amazon 500MB SSD for as low as $97 or a 1TB version from eBay Australia for $249.95.

While you can go for the cheaper Samsung T5, it only has read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s, so if you want something a little faster to reduce transfer times, Samsung’s T7 range could be the option.

When it comes to buying a portable SSD, Samsung T7 it’s a solid and reliable option that won’t break your wallet. You can currently get the Samsung T7 with 2TB of space here for $369.

The Samsung T7 is the upgraded version of the T5, with read and write speeds of up to 1050MB/s and 1000MB/s. This is a very good price considering that most Australian retailers sell this unit in the range of $499 to $599.

Whether internal or external, WD Blacks are always a safe bet when it comes to SSDs. the P50 Pro Gaming Solid State Drive packing 500GB costs $259while the 1TB one is much better value at $284. Either way, both are optimized for use as game storage. With read speeds of up to 2000 MB/s, you’ll get super-fast transfer and load times. This WD Black SSD is currently on sale through Amazon for $284so you can save $80-$180 compared to other retailers.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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