What happens when WD and Sony Entertainment teams up? The industry’s first official PlayStation-licensed M.2 SSD for PlayStation 5 (PS5) for gamers across the globe.
Western Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment teamed up for the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 Consoles. This enables players to expand the high-speed storage capacity of their PS5 console and gives them peace of mind knowing that their new and favourite titles are stored on a drive that’s been battletested to take on the most intensive PS5 gameplay.
Optimised for the newest-generation console, Western Digital validated drive performance through multiple scenarios to ensure the drive has been fully tested for the PS5. This process included hundreds of hours spent rigorously testing some of the most graphic-rich titles across various genres to ensure that with games stored on the drive, gameplay is fast, smooth and visually immersive.
“We’re excited for this new journey with Sony Interactive Entertainment and the opportunity to bring the officially licensed drive to PS5 gamers,” said Susan Park, vice president of Consumer Solutions Product Management, Western Digital. “Western Digital’s WD_BLACK brand was created to bring high-performance products to gamers everywhere. Combined with this innovative partnership, we aim to deepen our current commitment to developing storage solutions that enhance the gaming experience for all gamers.”
With the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5, gamers can store and play both PS5 games and PS4 games directly from the drive. The drive’s attached heatsink also makes installation quicker with its all-in-one design. Gamers can cut down on long load times with PCIe Gen4 technology, reaching up to 7000MB/s read speed to get them in the game fast so they can focus more on gaming.
The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 will be launched at the upcoming PAX Aus event in Melbourne, Australia on 7th October, 2022. At PAX Aus, Western Digital will be showcasing the latest WD_BLACK storage solutions for PC and Console gaming, selected SanDisk products, including the SanDisk Nintendo-Licensed Memory Cards For Nintendo Switch and range of portable SSDs including the WD My Passport SSD, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD and SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD. All Western Digital products on display at the booth, will be on special for the duration of PAX and can be purchased from stand partner, PLE. These products will be on display alongside fun skill tester arcade machines, where prizes are up for grabs. The Western Digital booth is located at stand 1850 at PAX Aus and visitors can play to be in the running to win 1-2 WD_BLACK Branded arcade machines.
WD_BLACK gaming range that will be showcased at this year’s PAX Aus event include
- For PC Gaming:, WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD, WD_BLACK SN770 NVMe SSD, WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card, WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD
- For Console Gaming: WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 Consoles, WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD
- For both PC & Console Gaming: WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive
- SanDisk Nintendo Licensed Memory Cards For Nintendo Switch
The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 retails for $339.00 AUD (1TB3) and $599 (2TB3) and will be available for purchase at Amazon (online) and JB Hi Fi (in stores and online).