I'm looking to see if anyone knows off hand types of external HDs to look for specifically for PS5/PS4.

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Any USB plug and play hard drive is fine, the PS5/PS4 will reformat the external hard drive so it's usable. This is not the case with the secondary SSD slot for the PS5.


The information below is taken from PS5 Extended Storage and PS4 Extended Storage. The requirements are roughly the same, which a few differences. While the information provides a good overall view on what is supported, it is best to research the harddrive to ensure it is compatible:

  • Space - The harddrive capacity must be between 250Gb and 8TB
  • USB - The harddrive must support USB 3.0. The information below is a combination of both articles:
    • SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen1/USB 3.2 Gen1)
    • SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen1x2)
      • (PS5 ONLY) USB 3.2 Gen1x2 devices are supported but as single-lane USB3.2 x1 connections (5Gbps)
    • SuperSpeed USB 20 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2x2)
      • (PS5 ONLY) USB 3.2 Gen2x2 devices are supported but as single-lane USB3.2 x1 connections (10Gbps).

Other general information on the articles state:

  • PS4 - "Proper operation is not guaranteed for all external hard disc drive models."

  • PS5 - "Not all devices are guaranteed to work with the PS5 console"

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