Sony subsidiary Nextorage has launched an SSD that’s good for the PS5 (via Tom’s Hardware): it has a heatsink (which Sony says is a requirement), is quick sufficient to nicely surpass Sony’s suggestions, and is available in 1TB and 2TB varieties, which provides you loads of storage to your video games. The catch? It’s kinda costly, isn’t accessible within the US, and doesn’t appear to have an official “PlayStation approved” stamp regardless of its maker’s affiliation with Sony.

Nextorage describes itself as a “Sony group company specializing in the memory storage solutions business,” and its NEM-PA SSD ticks all of the containers for PlayStation 5 compatibility. When information of the drive first broke, it appeared like the answer to the confusion that may presently include increasing your PS5’s storage. Certainly, Nextorage’s drive appears to be an ideal match. Gigazine actually tested one and says that not solely is it simply as quick because the console’s inside SSD (at the very least with regards to recreation load instances), the NEM-PA matches within the PS5’s slot like… nicely, prefer it was made for it.

It appears pretty, however why does that say “tested by Nextorage?”
Picture: Nextorage

However nothing in life is ideal or simple, so now we have to deal with some caveats. One is that the SSD doesn’t seem like on the market outdoors of Japan: we couldn’t discover something from Nextorage on Amazon US, Newegg, or B&H. Second, it additionally doesn’t appear to be an amazing deal based mostly on its list price in Japan — the 1TB mannequin is listed for 36,444 yen, which is roughly $330 USD. For comparability, considered one of our prime PS5 SSD picks is the WD Black SN850, the 1TB model of which is listed on the identical Japanese retailer for 29,540 yen, or roughly $270 USD.

It additionally doesn’t appear to be the PlayStation staff essentially had a ton of involvement with this SSD, regardless of Nextorage being a Sony subsidiary. (Even that has a caveat, as Sony’s position seems to be nearer to that of joint proprietor — Digitimes reports that Phison Electronics now owns a 49 p.c stake within the firm, a reality supported by Nextorage’s about page.) Nextorage posted a YouTube video that mentions the SSD getting used within the PS5, however the description says:

Efficiency with PlayStation®5 is examined by Nextorage.

This isn’t a product developed underneath the license program of Sony Interactive Leisure Inc. Compatibility and efficiency usually are not assured for all recreation titles.

That is considered one of two product photographs on the Yodobashi retailer. In the event you look carefully, you may see a PS5 reference.
Picture: Yodobashi/Nextorage

That’s to not say Nextorage isn’t tying this SSD to the PS5, as a result of it’s making an attempt exhausting — the product web page includes a part about how to install the drive into a console, together with a bit about how it may be used to carry PlayStation video games. However for these of us hoping Sony will simplify the PS5’s storage state of affairs, this isn’t it — at the very least not till Sony offers it a PlayStation stamp of approval and plans for a world launch.

Since there doesn’t appear to be any purpose to purchase this drive over any others (except it’s the one one in inventory and also you’re determined), you could need to take a look at our PS5 SSD purchaser’s information.

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