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

Nextorage, a Sony subsidiary, has created a SSD that's perfect for the PS5 via Toms Hardware: It has a heatsink, is fast enough for Sonys recommendations, and is available in 1TB or 2TB versions, giving you plenty of storage to store your games. But here's the catch. The catch? It's quite expensive and not available in the US. Additionally, it doesn't appear to have an official PlayStation stamp, despite being affiliated with Sony.
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Nextorage is a Sony company that specializes in memory storage solutions. The NEM-PA SSD from Nextorage meets all requirements for PlayStation 5 compatibility. The drive was first reported by the media. It seemed to be the answer to all the problems that could arise from expanding your PS5's storage. Nextorages drives seem to be an ideal fit. Gigazine tested it and found it to be just as fast (at least in terms of game load times) as the console's internal SSD. The NEM-PA also fits perfectly into the PS5s slot.

There are always a few things that can go wrong in life. The SSD is not available for purchase outside of Japan. We couldn't find any Nextorage products on Amazon US, Newegg or B&H. It doesn't seem like a great deal, based on the price it is listed in Japan at 36,444 Japanese yen. This is approximately $330 USD. The WD Black SN850 is our top PS5 SSD choice, and the 1TB version is available on the same Japanese site for 29,540 yen (roughly $270 USD).

The SSD is too expensive to be sold outside Japan

It doesn't appear that the PlayStation team was involved in this SSD project, despite Nextorage not being a Sony subsidiary. (This is despite the caveat that Sony's role seems closer to that of joint owners Digitimes reports Phison Electronics owns a 49% stake in the company. This fact was confirmed by Nextorages about page. Nextorage posted a YouTube clip that mentioned the SSD being used for the PS5, but it says:

Nextorage has tested PlayStation5's performance. This product was not developed under the licensing program of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All game titles may not be compatible. Compatibility and performance cannot be guaranteed.

Nextorage doesn't intend to tie this SSD to the PS5, but it is trying. The product page includes instructions on how to mount the drive to a console and a section explaining how to store PlayStation games. For those who hope that Sony will simplify the PS5's storage situation, it isn't until Sony approves it and plans to release it globally.

There is no reason to buy this drive above any other (unless it's the only one available and you are desperate), so we recommend that you check out our PS5 SSD buyers guide.