PS5 owners just got a great new storage upgrade option

Say hello to the Lexar Professional NM800PRO, if you're looking to expand PlayStation 5 storage with the fastest SSD going

Lexar Professional NM800PRO PCIe SSD for PS5 storage expansion
(Image credit: Lexar)

PlayStation 5 owners just got a great new upgrade option for SSD storage expansion. And it comes from none other than top-end memory-maker (just, er, not like that): Lexar. 

The photo above is that of the Lexar Professional NM800PRO, a PCIe M.2 SSD that's available with heatsink (and without, if you're looking for PC instead) that's an ideal upgrade option for PS5 storage expansion. 

I upgraded my PlayStation 5's storage earlier this year with a WD Black SN850 – you can see my step-by-step how to upgrade PS5 SSD storage explainer here – which is still one of the best M.2 SSD drives for PS5 available today.

But Lexar might have just one-upped Western Digital, because the NM800PRO offers a 7500MB/s read and 6500MB/s write speed. That betters the WD SN850's respective  7000MB/s read and 5300MB/s write speeds.

Okay, I know that nobody knows the official PS5 internal read-write speed of the Sony console's internal drive, but the speculation is that the motherboard can more than take it and that, actually, running games from an internal SSD upgrade north of 5500MB/s will effectively upgrade your PS5's capabilities (I'm yet to explicitly test this, but look forward to the ultra-geek who does do this – I will be avidly watching!).

What I think is really appealing about the Lexar NM800PRO, however, is that its 2TB – that's a full two Terabytes – with heatsink M.2 SSD will go on sale for £231.99/$229.99. No, it's not cheap, I know, but that kind of capacity is an additional four times that of the PlayStation 5's storage anyway and an ideal way to future-proof to ensure you can download all the games and other goodies that you want.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.