PS5 SSD Black Friday deals 2021: early offers and what we expect

PS5 SSD Black Friday deals

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PS5 SSD Black Friday deals are bound to be popular now that Sony has unlocked the PlayStation 5’s internal SSD bay, allowing users to add more super-fast storage. It means that demand for compatible PS5 SSDs will undoubtedly be higher than last year, and we’re expecting NVMe SSDs in particular to be some of the most sought-after PS5 Black Friday deals.

Black Friday 2021 is just over a month away, with the annual sales extravaganza taking place on November 26. However, we’ve already seen several discounts on compatible PS5 SSDs, many of which are unlikely to be beaten even when Black Friday arrives. 

Some of the best PS5 SSDs such as the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 have dropped in price, though most of the best SSD deals we’ve seen are for drives that require a heatsink to be installed. 

There’s a great chance to save before Black Friday begins, then, but we’ll also be rounding up the very best PS5 SSD Black Friday deals right here. Make sure you check back soon or bookmark this page so you don’t miss out on any PS5 storage discounts.

Today’s best PS5 SSD deals

The best PS5 SSD Black Friday deals will likely appear on November 26, but if you’re in a hurry to expand your PS5’s internal storage, it’s worth keeping your eye out for any discounts in the run-up to November.

The selection below includes compatible SSDs for PS5, so you can buy with confidence knowing that the products below are guaranteed to work. Remember, though: Sony recommends buying an SSD with a heatsink, so if you’re buying a stock drive, you may need to purchase a heatsink separately. 

PS5 SSD Black Friday deals: a sensible upgrade  

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With the PS5 continuing to be incredibly popular, it’s likely that demand for compatible SSDs for PlayStation 5 will be high come Black Friday. Black Friday could represent the perfect opportunity to grab a solid state drive on the cheap.

The best PS5 SSD Black Friday deals will likely focus on 500GB and 1TB capacity drives, though we may see some discounts for 2TB and 4TB versions. Remember, though: the higher the capacity, the more expensive your chosen drive will be – and NVMe solid state drives tend to be very expensive in general.

Even though it’s only October, it’s never too early to start thinking about your Black Friday purchases. The holiday sales event seems to get more popular every year, and according to data from Adobe, $9 billion online sales happened on Black Friday alone. Ecommerce sales between November and December reached an eye-watering $188 billion, which tells us that whatever product you’re after during Black Friday, millions of others will have their hearts set on it too.

PS5 SSD Black Friday deals: FAQ

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When will the best PS5 SSD deals start in 2021?

Black Friday falls on November 26 each year, but if you’re eyeing up an SSD for PS5 right now, we tend to see deals happen throughout the year. However, Black Friday tends to be one of the best times to pick up an SSD, with a wide selection of solid state drives likely to be on sale.

It’s worth keeping an eye out for any early deals, then, but the biggest discounts – particularly on more popular and higher capacity models – will most likely happen during Black Friday.

Where will the best PS5 SSD Black Friday deals be?

Which PS5 SSDs will be discounted for Black Friday? 

We’re likely to see price cuts on PS5 SSDs, with the two most popular capacities being 500GB and 1TB. Demand could scupper the types of hefty discounts we might have expected otherwise, so expect modest savings when Black Friday rolls around.

Trusted brands such as Seagate, Samsung, WD_Black and Western Digital will all likely have PS5 SSD Black Friday deals, so you can buy with confidence should you see any offers that take your fancy. 

What specs should I look for when buying a PS5 SSD?

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Sony has outlined a very specific set of requirements that compatible SSDs must follow to work on PS5. From the dimensions of the drive to its overall read speeds, you need to ensure that any NVMe M.2 SSD meets the specs listed below. Of course, we’ll only be including compatible SSDs in this roundup, so you needn’t worry about the technical side of things.  

PS5 SSD requirements
FormatPCIe Gen 4.0 (x4) M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250GB, 500GB, 1Tb, 2TB or 4TB
Read Speed5500MB/s or faster
Total size with heatsink110 x 25 x 11.25 millimetres
Form factor2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110
HeatsinkRequired

Note: You can store PS5 games and PS4 games on an external drive, but to play PS5 games you’ll need to copy it over to your PlayStation 5’s internal SSD storage. Here’s how to upgrade PS5 internal storage.

What about Black Friday PS5 external hard drive deals?  

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If you’re looking to upgrade your PlayStation 5’s storage, we’re also rounding up the best Black Friday PS5 external drive deals so you can make an awesome saving. There will likely be a wide variety of external drive deals come Black Friday, and they’re a great option if you have a library of PS4 games you still want to play, but don’t want to sacrifice any space on the PS5’s internal storage.

Will there be any PS5 stock during Black Friday?

If you’re still searching where to buy a PS5, you’re not the only one. Sony’s console continues to remain extremely hard to find as demand is still outstripping supply, even though the PlayStation 5 has been out for almost a year.

Some retailers did have PS5 restocks last year, and sold a limited amount of consoles as part of their Black Friday sales. However, this was only a few weeks after the console launched, so it’s unclear what the stock situation will be like. 

If you’re in the US, we recommend following PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider on Twitter for regular updates. The more reliable retailer in the UK has been Game, which tends to offer new stock every three to four weeks.

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Adam Vjestica

Adam is a Senior Gaming Writer at TechRadar. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. (He’s still recovering to this day.) 

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