Need more space on your PS5? PNY’s XLR8 SSD gives good game

PNY XLR8 SSD drive on motherboard

If you own a Sony PlayStation 5, you’ll inevitably need more disk space to store your games. However, as the latest generation of games consoles relies on ultra-fast solid state memory, plugging in an external hard drive will only take you so far.

While you can copy and store games on external drives, data transfers are too slow for the PS5’s ultra-quick start-up times, in-game world loading and seamless play. This means that while you can store games on external drives, you can’t play them from there, as only internal storage is fast enough.

Until a recent software patch, there was no way to increase the PS5’s internal storage. Since then, you can add your own internal memory, but only the high-performance kind. For example, it will need to be an M.2 type Gen 4 NVMe solid state drive, but not all of these will work.

Here’s a handy table for the PlayStation 5’s memory upgrade requirements:

InterfacePCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250GB – 4TB
CoolingEffective heatsink or other cooling structure needed
Read speedMinimum 5,500MB/s
Module width22mm width (no support for 25mm)
Form factorM.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110
Socket typeSocket 3 (Key M)
Total size (including cooling structure)110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H) or smaller

PNY XLR8 CS3140 for PS5

PNY, a leading supplier of flash memory cards since 1985, has seen a large uptake in its XLR8 CS3140 memory upgrade solution. This is a M.2 NVMe Gen 4×4 solid state drive that ticks all the boxes for PS5 compatibility, and there’s also a matching XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink to keep things cool.

Packaging box showing memory stick
The PNY XLR8 CS3140 is made for the PS5 and PCs too.

The XLR8 CS3140 is designed for next generation gaming and positioned as an entry upgrade for those looking for high-performance memory at a reasonable price. And, as the XLR8 CS3140 supports the NVMe Gen 4.0 protocol, it can deliver outstanding performance on PCs too with sequential speeds up to 7,500MB/s Read and 6,850MB/s Write. (A NVMe PCIe Gen 4×4 host device is required to attain these speeds.)

Key features of the XLR8 CS3140 M.2 NVMe Gen4x4 Solid State Drive:

  • Designed for gamers
  • Comes in 1, 2 and 4 terabytes
  • 13 times faster than SATA based SSDs
  • Transfer speed up to 7,500 MB/s
  • Faster boot-up and quicker application launch
  • Better overall system performance, reliable storage
  • Low power consumption, cool and quiet operation
  • Backed by a 5-year warranty

Looking good and staying cool

Sony requires that SSDs upgrades be kept cool with a heatsink. PNY has you covered with its specially matched XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink. This is designed to integrate with the PS5’s cover and existing heatsink, and provides additional cooling to maximise performance. It also looks great with a striking striped design and is made from extruded aluminium.

Heatsink on playstation 5
You’ll need a heatsink to keep things cool under the PS5’s cover.

Key features of PNY’s new XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink:

  • Design to integrate PS5 SSD cover and heatsink
  • Integrated extruded aluminium heatsink offers improved thermal performance for PlayStation’s demanding applications and high-end games
  • Includes spare screws and thermal pads
  • Backed by a 5-year warranty

PNY’s XLR8 CS3140 M.2 NVMe Gen4x4 Solid State Drive and the new PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink are available from retailers across Australia and New Zealand.

More details on the PNY XLR8 CS3140 Gen 4 SSD

More details on the new PNY PS5 Heatsink