Top 5 best PS5 external SSDs

Top 5 best PS5 external SSDs
Images via WD, SanDisk, Buffalo, SSK, Crucial

Written by 

Joshua Boyles


24th Mar 2023 14:13

Are you in the market for a new PS5 external SSD? While the PS5 is easily one of the best consoles out right now, the one area it’s lacking in is storage space. Sitting at just over 800GB of usable drive storage, that’s only enough room for a handful of games, especially when each game is upwards of 100GB in size.

Thankfully, the PS5 supports external SSD storage so players can keep a few extra games in reserve for those days when they like to hop between different titles. If you’re looking to upgrade your PS5 storage with an external SSD, you’re in the right place. Here are some of the best PS5 external SSD drives that you can buy right now.

WD_BLACK 1TB P40 Game Drive SSD

WD Black 1TB P40 Game SSD
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Western Digital is a respected name in the storage industry, and for good reason - it makes some of the largest and most reliable storage options out there. If you’re looking for an external SSD drive to expand your PS5 storage, you can’t go wrong with the WD_BLACK 1TB P40 Game Drive SSD.

Available in either 500GB, 1TB or 2TB storage capacities, there’s likely to be a size that fits your budget option. Plus, with speeds of up to 2000 MB/s, it’s one of the fastest drives on the market right now. That means you’ll be able to transfer your games across to your PS5 in no time at all.

SanDisk Extreme 2TB portable NVMe SSD

Sandisk Extreme 2TB portable external SSD
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Next up, we have another titan of the external storage industry. SanDisk may be famous for its USB drives and SD cards, but it also makes a banging lineup of external SSD drives that are compatible with the PS5.

The SanDisk Extreme 2TB portable NVMe SSD is particularly favoured among content creators that want to store lots of video files on one drive, but they can also be used to store lots of PS5 games too. There are plenty of storage size and speed options to choose from, but the Extreme variant strikes a good balance between speed, size, and cost.

Buffalo External SSD

buffalo external ssd
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While external SSDs can be extremely useful, they can sadly also be a little on the large side. That’s not the case with the Buffalo External SSD, though, as this one comes in a handy USB stick-sized form factor.

If you’re someone who travels around a lot with your PS5, then you’ll surely appreciate that you can throw this external PS5 SSD into your back pocket with ease. It may not have as high speeds as other drives out there, but the compact size and affordable price more than make up for it.

SSK 1TB Portable External NVME SSD

SSD 1TB Portable External SSD
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Another budget option for a new PS5 external SSD is the SSK 1TB Portable External NVME SSD. Like the Buffalo drive, it features a fairly small form factor that can be stored in a backpack or pocket with ease.

Additionally, this drive features a handy USB 3.2 connection, which means it’s lightning-fast and uses a USB C input. This means you can plug it straight into the front of your PS5 and won’t have to mess around with plugging it into the back of your console.

Crucial X8 2TB Portable SSD

Crucial X8 2TB Portable External SSD
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Last up, we have the Crucial X8 2TB Portable SSD. If it’s sheer size you’re after, then this PS5 external SSD is the one you’re looking for. With a gargantuan 2TB size, it will surely have enough storage space for almost all of the digital games in your PS5 library.

Crucial is another brand that carries a reputation for quality storage products, so you can rest assured that you’re purchasing a drive that will last you a while. With just over 1000 MB/s speeds, it’s certainly no slow coach, either.

That’s everything you need to know about the best PS5 external SSDs that you can buy right now.

For more hardware guides, keep reading GGRecon.

Joshua Boyles
About the author
Joshua Boyles
Joshua is the Guides Editor at GGRecon. After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism, he previously wrote for publications such as FragHero and GameByte. You can often find him diving deep into fantasy RPGs such as Skyrim and The Witcher, or tearing it up in Call of Duty and Battlefield. He's also often spotted hiking in the wilderness, usually blasting Arctic Monkeys.
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