Is budget best?

Ratchet & Clank Still Runs Fine On The Slowest PS5-Compatible SSD

Thanks to tech experts Digital Foundry, it’s been discovered that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart runs fine on a budget PS5-compatible SSD.

If you’ve managed to get hold of a PS5, the chances are that you’ll be aware of the lack of storage space. Even more so for those that play Call of Duty. However, even without the likes of Call of Duty hogging all your hard drive, storage space is still an issue.

The PlayStation 5 has 825GB storage, which should be fine in most cases. Unfortunately, you’ll only get to use around 667GB of that storage due to files and the operating system requirements.


Up until recently, a workaround has been available via an external storage device. Sure, you’re not able to launch PS5 games from the device, but you can at least move games to and from as you juggle space for your internal hard drive. You can however boot up PS4 games from the external storage, which is handy.

A close up of the PlayStation logo on the PS5
Credit: GameByte

Thankfully, a recent PS5 system update has allowed the console to use compatible internal SSD storage for your console. Sadly, the issue that we have is that the price of a decent internal SSD is quite high.

So, what can we do? Well, the folks at Digital Foundry have tested out one of the worst-performing SSDs currently available, namely Western Digital’s SN750 SE. The SN750 SE fails to meet the PS5s recommended specifications. 


Sony recommends that SSDs should read bandwidth of 5500GB/s. However, the SN750 SE only achieves 3500GB/s. Yet, despite this, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart apparently runs quite well when booting from the budget SSD.

YouTube video

Sadly, as reported by Kotaku, it’s not all sunshine for the SN750 SE. Digital Foundry reported that in most cases, the SN750 SE is much slower than the PS5s own SSD. When tested copying files, the SN750 SE took nearly ten times longer than the WB SN850, which is recommended by Sony architect, Mark Cerny.

I just checked the Western Digital website, and the SN750 SE costs £131 for the 1TB. However, the Cerny-recommended SN850 costs £171 for the 1TB. So, if you’re desperate for extra internal storage for your PS5, the extra £40 might be a worthy investment.


Do you have any plans to buy extended storage for your PlayStation 5? If so, let us know across our social media channels.

Shop with GameByte!

You can buy Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart at the GameByte Shop for just £64.95 on PS5, or the 2016 Ratchet and Clank for only £12.95 on PS4. Don’t forget you can sign up free of charge to our GameByte Loyalty Points scheme, earning you points to redeem for discounts on future orders!

Our store is stocked up with the latest games, merch, and accessories. We might even have a new-gen console or two! Sign up to our newsletter to be notified of our console drops, deals and more. Please note that delivery from the GameByte Shop is available for UK customers.


Featured Image Credit: