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WD's New NVMe SSD Is Fast Enough For PS5

Western Digital has unveiled new SSD storage options, including a new Game Dock, add-in card, and an NVMe SSD fast enough for the PS5.

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Western Digital has a new slate of SSD products, and one of them is particularly exciting. The company's new Gen 4 NVMe SSD boasts speeds that are fast enough for the PS5, meaning you can upgrade your internal storage and hold more next-gen games on your new console. In addition to this ultra-fast NVMe SSD, WD also revealed a PCIe add-in SSD card and a new Thunderbolt 3 SSD game dock that makes adding extra storage and ports to any laptop easy. All of the new SSD products boast fast read/write speeds and customizable RGB lighting that should make them top-of-the-line PC and gaming parts.

Western Digital's WD Black line is focused specifically on products for gamers, which is why the company has put a focus on gorgeous RGB lighting for its next line of storage options. All of WD Black's RGB-enabled products can be customized and synchronized via the WD Black Dashboard app on Windows. Thankfully, the company hasn't neglected the speed of its NVMe SSDs, providing a number of options that rival the best on the market and should put you at the cutting edge of PC loading speeds.

With the PS5 making the jump to powerful SSD memory over hard drives, this might be a good time to pick up some extra storage before everyone else realizes they're going to need more than the default memory on their PlayStation 5 during the holidays.

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I see a lot of people balking at the price of the nvme 1tb that would work with the ps5. But many of you must have forgotten the current gen started the same way. External usb drives were expensive at launch. Sony at least had the option to let you upgrade the hdd in the console itself. But MS forced you to use a UBS hdd. But now you can get external usb drives cheap. Same for hdd to replace in the PS4. The difference this time is that the ps5 won’t allow for a ssd replacement like you could do with the PS3 and PS4. Your only way of increasing storage is through the nvme slot.

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Remember back in the days of cartridge consoles? Methinks we will start seeing games come on SSD’s that slot in.

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Even with 500mb/s internet, I'm not sure people understand how long it can take to redownload a 50 gb game. My hope is that at some point they allow systematic between your regular SSD and an external HD. That way, you could spend $60 on an external 2 TB (and get drives up to 10 TB) and then be able to download your entire collection there (or at least PS4 games to start) and then choose what you want on the SSD and be able to more quickly move games around and only keep what you really frequently plan on the SSD and not have to re-download stuff everytime.

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@kirkhilles: Sony said you could put your PS4 games on an external usb drive. They even recommended using an external drive so you don’t waste the space on the ps5. But you be able to play ps5 games off the external usb drive. Even Xbox has this. I saw a video that showed transfer speeds between different types of drives(external usb, ext ssd) and different gen consoles(X1, X1X, & XSX).

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It's whatever for me. I started saving for the PS5 months in advance so I can absorb the 2tb price with my purchase. Won't be swapping it out or having nvme drives laying around with games on them. I'll do exactly what I do with my 1TB pro; play a game til beaten, install another, when space becomes an issue, delete the games I haven't played in months. Storage issue resolved! Truly, not a big issue.

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I refuse to spend 500 f-ing dollars for an external 1T hard drive

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@ditchsurfer: Ah do not sweat it, you can get it for only $50 ..... but that is if you can live without the RGB lighting. I mean if you can even call that living.

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Who the **** decided gamers like that retarded-ass "RGB lighting" on our high end gear? All I want is something fast, dark, and quiet.

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@maltnut: What I was thinking, hope there is a way to turn this off, that or they should add a black perma marker in the box.

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As far as the PS5 or consoles are concerned, this is all extremely yucky & uninteresting…I’m sure some people will find excellent use for it though.

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Man, RGB lights. What kind of morons buy that crap anyway? By the sound of it and based on how prevalent these flashy lights are nowadays on most PC hardware it sounds like a lot of folks do.

But god damn, $230 for 1TB of the first drive mentioned. Guess it'll be some time until the kind of speeds that the PS5's inbuilt SSD can achieve will become more common and affordable. And $230 is more than half of the price they charge for the whole PS5 console. Makes you appreciate it only more how much of a steal the digital version is.

Still waiting for the PC Masternerds to come up with a comparable setup to see how many thousands of $ you'd have to pay for it at this point. And you always need better hardware for PC games anyway since they're generally poorly optimized.

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@Atzenkiller: the price is no different then the XSX proprietary expanded storage. But I think people forget that external usb drives at the start of the PS4/X1 gen were expensive too. Now you get 4tb drives for under $100. Same thing with Switch if you wanted a 400gb or 512gb storage sd. You would hundreds for those. Now I’ve seen them on sale for less then $60.

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@Atzenkiller: OK, I guess you are a Class A games programmer? What the ____ do you know about optimizations?!?!? Much less hardware.

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@nargg: Poorly optimized isn't a good choice of words but they are generally less optimized overall. Due to the significantly larger variety of hardware PC games support. Without spending lots of extra resources where the gains are really worth the cost. Console games can be poorly optimized as well, generally seen in ports from PC and visa versa less optimized when ported to PC.

What they're trying to get it is consoles can do very well on lesser hardware and still look as good or better then some high end PC games for way less money, due to how the hardware is built and the kind of optimizations you can do. God of War and The Last of Us II are great examples.

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@darkelf83: Exactly. Exclusive titles are generally the best looking games because of that. And that was especially the case on the PS3 where the Xbox was holding games back in so many ways due to its crappy hardware. But it's probably not much different in this gen. I mean I know there's some really good looking PS4 exclusives. I just don't know any comparable Xbox exclusives. Halo and the Gears game?

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@Atzenkiller: The 360 didn't have "crappy hardware". The PS3 had hardware ill-fit for games. A convoluted "Cell" processor and a lesser GPU. It couldn't efficiently handle third party games. To this day, you may still see articles claiming "the Cell could do more computations/sec than an Intel Core i9-10900K!" LOL. Yeah, well, you couldn't tell by the output. Sony should have used it to search for extraterrestrials, and chose a CPU better suited for a console.

TLOU looked good at the time, for a console game. ND made all sorts of concessions to produce the end product. If you never play on any other platform, and a game is locked on a singular platform, then what are you going to compare it to? Sony's first, second, and third in-game goals have been to make games look "cinematic".

Gameplay can be cookie cutter, but the presentation should mirror all the most popular movies. That has been the case since The Getaway (low fidelity as it was). Sony knows the masses are simple, so shoot for the LCD popcorn stuff. Microsoft acted like Dad cancelled their credit cards for most of this gen. Though it seems they may have been a extended a line of credit recently.

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@theduckofdeath: The X360 had no inbuilt hard drive and was still using a crappy DVD drive. Those 2 things were greatly holding back games during that gen and you could really see the difference in any PS3 exclusive. But as a result all PS3 multiplat games also only had optinal install. Which of course lead most folks to not do them and as a result you could have installed a game like SF4 and get much shorter loading times. But then still have to wait at least twice as long when playing online because hardly anyone else has bothered to install the game.

And from what I remember the X360 didn't originally even have an HDMI port. It was added only later with the "Elite" version. Yeah, MS really did whatever they could to get it out as soon as possible to get an advantage over Sony. And it worked in their favor, granting them the lead for the first and only time. They were even pushing the HDDVDs, the competing format for the storage discs, yet still chose not to put one into the X360. Probably for cost reasons so they could offer it as cheaply as possible. It all worked out very well for them ultimately but games sure were held back by their decisions for a long time. Developers eventually learned to deal with the Cell processor, same as they always learn to make better use of the hardware with time. But the X360's hardware limitations remained until the end and were affecting most games released for the PS3 as well.

Thankfully Sony seems to have learned their lesson and will make sure to never again let MS get such a big lead. But now we've got the low budget version of the next Xbox with greatly reduced specs. Well, we'll see if that thing will be holding game development back. Or if all games will be available for it as well even towards the end of this gen. But at least it should have the same hard drive with the same speed as the normal version, so it shouldn't hold games back in that regard.

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@Atzenkiller: while MS cut corners to save money and make the X360 cheaper by not having an hdmi port or hd dvd drive, they made up for with the Kinect and hdd space. I think the hdd that came with some 360s was like 4gb, which even back then meant you couldn’t do much. Even the 20gb was too small.

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@face76: You couldn't do much with 4GB? That's the understatement of the year. I don't remember a time when 4GB was ever an acceptable size for a hard drive. It probably was in the 80s but not after that.

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They found a way to add RGB to SSD sticks/ heatsinks..... NO HOPE for Humanity!

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I know I will probably want to get 2TB, but $450 is way too much right now. Literally costs more than the digital ps5

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@dainbramage47: Especially since the going price for entry Nvme of 2TB level is under $200, with decent speed.

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1 TB cost half the price of the PS5 LOL.

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$130 for 500gb? see that is where price starts and sizes start? no thanks that redioulously priced

NVME will either be down fall of the new system due to cost and lack of capacity imo NVME was horrid choose for storage due to there price

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Thanks to someone here just made me realize that you CAN NOT externally expand or add SSD memory to the PS5 on the fly, you would have to shut it down and unplug it EVERYTIME in order to Switch it with another one that might already have your games installed.....😩

Which means most people would end up with additional SSD drives laying around without the possibility of expand with it for more capacity on the without taking the ps5 apart....ouch

Thank goodness for Series EXPANDABLE memory cards.

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@johnny0779: And why exactly would anyone want to switch around different SSDs? Do you not have internet at home, having to visit a friend so he can download games for you on external SSDs or something? Or are you afraid that Sony will shut down all its online services one day, so you're trying to keep a backup of every single game you've ever bought?

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@johnny0779: I was wrong actually, the PS5 has an empty slot for a second SSD, you don't have to replace the original one, though Sony has done a poor job of advertising this.

You have to take a screwdriver and remove 2 panels, so a little more effort than just plugging a drive into the back of the Series S/X. But since the PS5 will support a variety of PC NVMe drives, which just have to be approved by Sony as being fast enough (rather than proprietary Xbox-branded drives), guess the PS5 actually might end up being the more consumer-friendly one in this regard

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@Spartan_418: Yeah, if the new drives seen above are already gonna be that expensive, then how much more expensive do you think MS' proprietary solution will be, which is the only one available for their new console? But I haven't seen any comparisons yet for the speeds of the new Xbox' and PS5's drives, so maybe MS' is generally much slower and so cheaper. Based on what I've heard about actual load times from folks who've already got to try the new Xbox out. Load times of more than 30 seconds in some games are not in the least what I was expecting to see from the next gen. And I really hope that things look better on the PS5. Even if PS4 games will probably always have longer loading times than those that have been developed to take advantage of the new hardware.

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@Atzenkiller: The price for the SX Seagate expansion is $220. There will be more brands made available eventually, they just wanted to make sure they had one that matched specs and used the "memory card" form factor ahead of time. The price should go down with newer brands entering the market and as memory naturally drops in price over time.

The cheapest one above is $249 for 1tb, as far as I could find doing a quick search.

These drives are expensive. Which just goes to show the insane value of both the consoles.

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@cunningpig: Yeah, by your logic prices for controllers should also drop over time. Yet this never happens at all. Proprietary hardware never reduces in price nowadays. It has nothing to do with cost, only with the console makers wanting to make as much money as they can from any accessories they're offering for their console. If you want something cheaper you have to look for an unofficial product.

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@Atzenkiller: The Seagate drive isn't official like a controller made by Microsoft, it's just the only one available right now. There will be other companies that will start making them, creating competitive pricing. Right now the Seagate card is roughly the same price as any other nvme 1tb, maybe just slightly more expensive due to different form factor. As the prices for regular nvme drop and other companies start making the SX card, the price will go down.

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@cunningpig: MS wouldn't have announced it if it wasn't the "official" replacement hard drive for their new Xbox. That it's not made by MS under their own name doesn't really make it any different from their controllers.

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@Spartan_418: If you think taking the ps5 apart just to expand memory is "consumer friendly" then you need to revisit those two words in the dictionary"

Just don't forget the that once Sony starts releasing that "SSD approved list" scalpers will be all over that"....good luck trying to find them at fair prices....lol

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@johnny0779: That makes no sense. I've yet to find another person in RL or online aside from myself that got a digital PS5 pre-ordered. Vast majority of people will not need storage for a long time. No one scalps controllers, which everyone will need so this comment is beyond stupid.

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@johnny0779: If you think removing a panel to slot a plug&play part into a socket is somehow not consumer friendly, godsdamn have I been overestimating consumers all these years or what?

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@johnny0779: Obviously don't think the disassembly part is consumer friendly, though it's not super complicated, it's still simpler than opening up a PC and installing a new part that way.

I meant there's more of a chance that PS5-compatible SSDs will be reasonably priced, while the proprietary Xbox drives are overpriced and will stay that way

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@Spartan_418: No, taking a panel off a PC is pretty simple. Provided you don't by Dell desktop or something. Lay it on it's side, make two turns of two screws simultaneously, pull off the panel, and your two NVMe ports are in plain sight. Slide in your new SSD. You may want to secure it with a screw, so have the proper micro-screwdriver ready. You should be able to do that in one minute.

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@theduckofdeath: You misunderstood. My point wasn't about installing PC parts being complicated, it was about installing a second SSD in the PS5 being simple. I like how you jumped to the conclusion that I'm a console person who has never opened up a PC lmao

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@Spartan_418 said:

@johnny0779: Obviously don't think the disassembly part is consumer friendly, though it's not super complicated, it's still simpler than opening up a PC and installing a new part that way.

I meant there's more of a chance that PS5-compatible SSDs will be reasonably priced, while the proprietary Xbox drives are overpriced and will stay that way

Not really, there will be other 3rd party manufacturers making the Xbox drives....prices will come down for both eventually - but as Xbox has started cheaper, I'd expect them to stay cheaper with time as well.

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@sealionact: Ms has said themselves that they will be the only official supplier of those drives as far as I remember. So you might be able to buy some fake ones from China but I don't know if anyone will be able to offer any non official ones at all as MS would probably crack down on them.

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@sealionact: Ms has said themselves that they will be the only official supplier of those drives as far as I remember. So you might be able to buy some fake ones from China but I don't know if anyone will be able to offer any non official ones at all as MS would probably crack down on them.

"Speaking on the Major Nelson Podcast, hosted by Xbox gaming don Phil Spencer and very much endorsed as official, Jason Ronald, also from Xbox, gave an interesting admission that the Seagate drive available to pre-order now will not be the only option supplied. He said that the drive represented how the team felt they needed a "simple, easy-to-use option available day one", but that this didn't mean more options wouldn't be coming down the pike. In fact, he confirmed that multiple storage size options are part of that plan."

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/xbox/154172-xbox-series-x-s-ssd-storage-multiple-sizes

Don't remember reading anywhere that the deal with Seagate to manufacture these cards was an exclusive one.....

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@Spartan_418: poor job of explaining common sense lol

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@subsided94: Not common sense when you couldn't do that with the PS3 or PS4, their internal hard drives had to be replaced if you wanted more storage, no second slot

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@Spartan_418: I put in SSDs on both 8th gen systems right after buying them. To be honest, rarely if ever even used them. I usually play a game to the end, then erase it off. But again this is replacing the 'main drive' and turning their internal storage into some external drive much later on.

This gen we will not be able to change the main drive, -which is fine as it is ridiculously fast, and just be able to add to it only. Which gen 4 nvme seems to be dropping fast in prices.

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@jenovaschilld: Are you talking about the prices seen above? Cause $230 for 1TB is anything but cheap or affordable to me. It'll probably take a few years until that price drops to those comparable to what you have to pay for normal SSDs right now. But only the fastest that are not even available at this point will work in the PS5.

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@Atzenkiller: Sorry, what I meant to infer was that M.2 gen 4 prices are falling very rapidly even amid ww pandemic shortages. For instance, you can get gen 4 at the above speeds under $200 for 1 tb. And while NOTHING is set as there has been no known spec published by Sony at this time, it is believed to be 4th gen speeds as mentioned in the article above. (that will allow you to play games from). Now of course Sony may allow 3rd or 4th gens with or without the ability to play directly from, and or just allow for storage. So far no word on if Sony will only allow certain brands. And whether 5000 or 7000 will be needed or both supported.

But please see this graph - https://pangoly.com/en/review/gigabyte-aorus-nvme-gen4-m-2-1tb/price-history -second one down, on one of the known brands and speeds. A gigabyte AUROS 4th gen nvme. Which 4th gens started out early last year around $350+ and has already went down to below $200 in 1 year. If you have been following 3rd gens there prices have went also went down really fast also.

What ever console you get, it will take you at least one year before you or any of us will start worrying about needing to expand storage. Very small % of people need or are using expanded storage right now on their ps4s. If this trend continues hopefully by next year the prices will be even lower. With a few years the prices and maximum amount of storage will be even better if the same pattern holds for all SSDs.

Before the middle of the ps5's life span, hopefully our alien overlords will just plug the storage directly into hour brains which will allow us to play the only game there is the Hypnotoad. All hail the Hypnotoad.

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