Digital Foundry Tests Upgrading PS5’s SSD

Sony Interactive Entertainment last month began to roll out PlayStation 5 system software beta version 2.0-04.00.00 to users who are in the PlayStation 5 system software beta program. The update adds support to expand the console’s storage with an M.2 SSD. You will need an M.2 SSD that’s PCIe Gen 4 and has read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster and a of 250 GB minimum and no larger than 4 TB. 
Confirmed SSDs that meet the requirements to be compatible with the PS5 include Western Digital’s WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink SSD, Seagate’s FireCuda 530 SSD, Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen 4 7000 series SSD, and Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD.
Digital Foundry has done an analysis on testing the performance of the Samsung 980 Pro SSD inside the PlayStation 5. It works very similar to the internal SSD that comes with the SP5, however, it does have some slight advantaged. 

Digital Foundry senior staff writer Thomas Morgan said Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart runs nearly identical between the internal SSD and the Samsung 980 Pro SSD.
“So to the comparison between the PS5 internal and our M.2 SSD,” said Morgan. “Testing each in our above video, performance looks to be essentially identical. In most cases it’s actually an exact match between the two SSD solutions when it comes to the mentioned in-game stutter.
“Jumping portals triggers the same hitches, and always in the exact same moments – though with one instance where the M.2 is less severe in its drop that may be an outlier result. In all other respects, the 980 Pro performs in a similar manner to the existing storage solution, with equally flawless gameplay. As first impressions go, this is a strong start.”
Digital Foundry also tested loading times for PS4 titles running under backwards compatibility and true, PS5 native games. Their test reveals loadings time with the Samsung 980 Pro SSD are generally better than the internal SSD. Battlefield 5 is the one exception with the games they tested. 
“We split this into two banks of tests: PS4 titles running under backwards compatibility and true, PS5 native games,” said Morgan. “There’s one thing to stress before we go on: for whatever reason, there can be a variance between loading times run to run, so there may be some outlier results. However, across all of our tests here, a trend is clear: using the Samsung 980 Pro in the expansion bay, loading times are generally better than they are on the internal drive and there seems to be an advantage in adding a heatsink to the NVMe SSD too, albeit slight. The exception to the rule is Battlefield 5, which consistently saw the internal SSD beat external options.”
Check out the list of the loading times below:

PS4 App Loading Times (Seconds)
Stock Internal PS5 825GB
Samsung 980 Pro 500GB
Samsung 980 Pro 500GB/Heatsink

The Witcher 3: Novigrad Centre
48.01
45.07
44.67

The Witcher 3: White Orchard
22.88
22.88
22.70

Cyberpunk 2077: Ripperdoc
41.12
43.93
38.48

Cyberpunk 2077: Maelstromers HQ
33.08
31.08
31.12

Fallout 4: Commonwealth
16.50
14.87
15.13

Fallout 4: Diamond City
15.27
14.01
14.17

Final Fantasy 15: Lestallum
29.18
27.43
27.60

Final Fantasy 15: Hammerhead
24.57
24.08
23.87

Battlefield 5: Nordlys
31.50
34.57
34.57

Battlefield 5: Tirailleur
31.58
34.63
34.53

PS5 App Loading Times (Seconds)
Stock Internal PS5 825GB
Samsung 980 Pro 500GB
Samsung 980 Pro 500GB/Heatsink

A Plague Tale Innocence: Mission 1
15.13
14.95
14.92

A Plague Tale Innocence: Mission 2
16.92
16.48
16.53

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order: Kashyyyk
16.43
16.43
16.45

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order: Bracca
15.30
15.30
15.35

A life-long and avid gamer, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let’s Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.Full Article – https://www.vgchartz.com/article/450131/digital-foundry-tests-upgrading-ps5s-ssd/
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