A recent update now allows PlayStation 5 games to be stored on external drives. Granted, they still can’t be played through the external drives, but that does allow you to switch out games you’re actively playing on the system, so that’s a step in the right direction.
That said, which drives are best for your money? Well, it depends on how many games you intend to store on the drive. Looking to build up a vast library that includes Marvel’s Avengers and Returnal? Then the bigger drive may be for you. Otherwise, a smaller, more practical solution may be your best bet.
Let’s explore the best drives available so you can see what’s right for you!
Seagate Expansion 6TB Desktop Hard Drive- $115
If you’re looking for space and not necessarily the ultimate in speed, then the Seagate Expansion 6TB drive is for you. I currently use this on my PS5 to play PlayStation 4 games, and it executes them pretty nicely – despite a small waiting period. (This may change with the latest update, which reportedly speeds up the system.) There’s a lot of storage space here, ideal for putting games in when you’re not using them. Considering that a number of these titles take up about 50-100GB of space (or more), it doesn’t hurt to have extra room on hand.
The Last of Us Part II Seagate 2TB Game Drive- $100
Okay, so let’s say you want something that shows off some style alongside your PS5, while you’re not too concerned about storage space just yet. The Seagate special edition The Last of Us Part II drive is your best bet. Clocking in at just around $100 or so, the drive allows for good storage space, as well as pretty good performance considering the price. Plus, it includes the official logo of the hit Sony game, so you can stand it up to your system and show just how much of a Sony fan you are. It’s an affordable, worthwhile solution – until that PS5 library starts building up, anyway.
ArmorATD 4TB Durable Drive- $139.99
We know your game sessions can get rough and tumble sometimes, and when your external drive falls off the shelf, you’re fretting about how much damage it can take. If that’s your style of play, give ArmorATD’s drive a look. Coming in a stylish blue and black color design, the $139.99 drive features 4TB of space, so there’s lots of room. It’s also not as big as other drives, making it easy to stand next to your PS5 system. On top of that, it connects easily and has excellent performance overall, particularly with PS4 games. It’s a solid option that looks excellent to boot – and can take a few falls off of the shelf. (Just don’t throw it, huh?)
WD_Black P50 1TB SSD Game Drive- $249.99
Finally, the drives we mentioned above are typical external hard drives. If you really want to go next level and upgrade to a plug-in solid state drive – a safe bet once an update becomes available to play PS5 games off of it – then the WD_Black model is for you. Featuring 1TB of space and running at incredibly high speeds, this external drive is a real winner. Not to mention the fact that transfer speeds are off the chart and it’s reasonably sized for use on your gaming mantle. The only downside is that its performance comes at a price, since the drive clocks in at around $250. But it’s well worth it if you want to take your gaming to the next level.
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