A new PlayStation 5 internal SSD, M.2 drive speed and a performance test were shared online, highlighting the excellent performance of an M.2 drive that meets recommended specifications.
The new video, shared on YouTube by MiDASTECH, compares gaming performance and transfer times between the console’s internal SSD and a 1TB Samsung 980 PRO drive in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. As Insomniac Games revealed last week, there is virtually no difference in game performance and load times between the two discs. Again, the only difference is in the transfer speeds, which are considerably slower when transferring a game from the M.2 drive to the internal SSD.
In this video, I fully test Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on added PS5 M2 SSD storage. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has been designed to make full use of the SSD capabilities of the Playstation 5 to eliminate loading screens. This is a gaming speed test and the main focus is to see if there are any differences in load times between the console SSD and the added M2 SSD.
As mentioned above, the excellent performance of the M.2 drive in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart should come as no surprise, as Insomniac Games Core Technology Director Mike Fitzgerald confirmed a few years ago. days that the first tests carried out by the developer showed little to no difference if the M.2 drive met the recommended specifications.
The Gen4 drives we tried that met the recommended specifications gave results that were almost indistinguishable from the internal SSD. The rest of the still-used I / O path (Kraken hardware decompression, etc.) definitely does its work to deliver the insane load times in Rift Apart.
We also tried below-spec Gen4 M.2 drives and saw up to 15% slower loading in areas of the game that are most stressful for SSDs. Not too shabby, but keep a close eye on the tech specs if buying an SSD as our game relies on high quality storage.
Support for the PlayStation 5 M.2 storage expansion has been introduced with new beta firmware. The public release date of the firmware has not yet been confirmed.