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Corsair’s new M.2 SSD makes upgrading your PS5 less painful

Sony has taken an interesting approach to memory upgrades on the PlayStation 5. Instead of having an external expansion slot, the PS5 has a standard M.2 port for connecting a regular NVMe SSD. This means the PS5 offers a much wider range of SSD compatibility than the Xbox Series X/S – which uses a proprietary (and more expensive) card – at the expense of a more complex and risky installation requirement. Corsair’s new M.2 SSD, the MP600 Pro LPX, makes the frustrating process as simple as possible. You’ll still need to partially disassemble your PS5 and manually move your games to the new drive, but the MP600 removes enough of the unnecessary guesswork from the shopping and installation process so it’ll certainly work. is a suitable solution for your PS5 storage needs.

PS5 is compatible with almost any M.2 SSD with a cooling structure. The Sony support website provides a complete list of the specifications required for compatible devices, but does not provide an actual list of products that work with the console. It can be tricky trying to figure out which drives are compatible based on socket thickness and type, but fortunately the MP600 confirms PS5 compatibility right out of the box. This is surprisingly uncommon, given the demand for PS5 storage options, so it’s nice to know that the MP600 is compatible without having to do any further research.

Inside the box is a safety manual, a QR code for the installation instructions, and the drive itself, which is tightly packed in thick foam. The MP600 is heavier than it looks thanks to the large aluminum heatsink. It fits perfectly into the PS5’s M.2 slot without any force, but the width and thickness make it a bit difficult to line up correctly with the connectors. It took me two tries to hit the drive using the weird high-angle approach that M.2 requires. This is especially stressful given the drive’s fragility and cost, but I managed to connect and secure it without breaking anything, thankfully.

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While this is not an ideal process, Corsair has tried to simplify it. The included QR code leads to extremely detailed installation instructions, written with photos or videos, if you prefer. I find the official installation video from PlayStation easier to follow because it uses animations to visualize the different components you’ll be working with, but Corsair’s video has a more realistic quality that some people might not be able to. find it more useful. In any case, Corsair provides all the resources you need to quickly install the drive and get your PS5 up and running.


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When you start your PS5 after installing the drive, it will automatically detect the device and prompt you to format. The MP600 supports reads up to 7100MB/s and writes to 6800MB/s, but for whatever reason the PS5 caps reads and writes at 5555MB/s. That throttling won’t make any difference to you in terms of downloads since your internet bandwidth is definitely under 5555MB/s. The PS5 inside has a read speed of 5500MB/s, so you won’t notice any difference in gameplay either.

The big difference, of course, is in storage capacity. You only get about 667GB on the PS5’s internal storage, but the MP600 comes in 1TB or 2TB. It should be noted that those sizes represent the actual space of the drive without any partitioned or unusable space that regular hard drives have. The 2TB SSD I tested offers an additional 2TB of space. For me, more space means more freedom to download games I don’t want to play. It allows me to have more libraries easily accessible so I can play whatever I like and not have to worry about it being installed or not. With some games exceeding 100GB with download times over an hour even on top internet speeds, the extra storage is a luxury that makes a huge difference.

Once the drive is formatted, you have to do some manual customization to set everything up, which is an unfortunate hassle. After accessing the correct settings page, I was able to set the SSD as the default storage device for my games and apps and transfer my existing games to. I moved 15 games, or about 558GB, in just seven minutes. Every game I’ve played since moving everything over to the drive loads and runs the same, if not better, than before.

I think I’ll be fine deleting games when I’m done playing to make room for new ones, but too often I find myself having to uninstall games I haven’t finished or delete things I still want. play on rare occasions. The MP600 eliminates the need to pick and choose games that you can actually play. You do not need it, but it’s an easy way to get the most out of your PS5. Corsair makes the frustrating installation process as simple as possible with its packaging and instructions, and the drive works exactly as advertised. This is going to be a great year for PS5 and upgrading with a bigger drive is the best way to prepare for Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, God of War Ragnarok, etc.

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