Sony subsidiary makes a PS5 SSD that’s even further out of your reach

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Sony subsidiary NextStorage has released an SSD that’s perfect for the PS5 (Via Tom’s Hardware): It has a heatsink (which Sony say there is a need), is fast enough to well exceed Sony’s recommendations, and comes in 1TB and 2TB varieties, giving you enough storage for your games. Hunt? It’s a bit pricey, not available in the US, and doesn’t seem to have an official “PlayStation Approved” ticket, despite its manufacturer’s affiliation with Sony.

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NextStorage describes himself As a “Sony Group Company Specializing in Memory Storage Solutions Business”, and its NEM-PA SSD ticks all the boxes for PlayStation 5 compatibility. When news of the drive first broke, it seemed like a solution to the confusion that can currently come with expanding your PS5’s storage. Actually, the drive of Nextorage seems to be a perfect fit. gigazine actually did a test And says that it’s not only as fast as the console’s internal SSD (at least when it comes to game load times), the NEM-PA fits into the PS5’s slot like… well, like it for it. was created.

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It looks cute, but why does it say “Tested by Nextorage?”
Image: Nextorage

But nothing in life is perfect or straightforward, so we have to address a few caveats. One is that the SSD doesn’t seem to be for sale outside of Japan: We couldn’t find anything from NextStorage on Amazon US, Newegg, or B&H. Second, it doesn’t even look like a great deal based on Its list price in Japan — The 1TB model is listed for 36,444 yen, which is about $330 USD. For comparison, one of our top PS5 SSDs is the WD Black SN850, whose 1TB version is listed at the same Japanese store for 29,540 yen, or about $270 USD.

It also doesn’t seem like the PlayStation team necessarily had a ton of involvement with this SSD, despite NextStorage being a subsidiary of Sony. (Even this has a caveat, as Sony’s role seems to be closer to that of joint owner – Digitimes reports that Phison Electronics now holds a 49 percent stake in the company, a fact Supported by Nextorage’s About page.) Nextorage posted a YouTube video that mentions the SSD being used in the PS5, but the description says:

Performance with PlayStation®5 is tested by Nextorage.

This is not a product developed under the license program of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. Compatibility and performance are not guaranteed for all game titles.

This is one of two product images on the Yodobashi store. If you look closely, you can see PS5 references.
Image: Yodobashi/NextStorage

That’s not to say NextStorage isn’t binding this SSD to the PS5, because it’s working hard – the product page has a section about it. how to install drive to console, along with a section about how it can be used to organize PlayStation games. But for those of us hoping Sony will simplify the PS5’s storage situation, it hasn’t — at least not until Sony gives it a PlayStation ticket of approval and plans for a global release.

Since there doesn’t seem to be any reason to buy this drive over another (unless it’s the only one in stock and you’re desperate), you may want to check out our PS5 SSD buyer’s guide.

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