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Best Cyber Monday PS5 SSD Deals: 1TB From $124 – Tom's Hardware

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By Brandon Hill 29 November 2021
Expanding PS5 storage is easy, and it’s more affordable right now thanks to these PS5 SSD deals.
If you’re one of the lucky gamers that managed to score a PlayStation 5 in the past year, chances are you’re already looking for ways to expand your internal storage with one of the best SSDs. The PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition come standard with an 825GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, of which only 667GB is available to the user. Throw in a few heavyweight games like Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition (170GB) and Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (284GB), and you’ll be hurting for extra space. 
Luckily, Sony makes it relatively easy (if you’re used to upgrading PCs) to install a third-party PCIe 4.0 SSD inside the PlayStation 4 to expand your storage. Be sure to check out our PlayStation 5 SSD guide on installing a third-party SSD. As long as your SSD meets Sony’s minimum requirements, the size of your wallet is the limit on how big you want to go with your upgrade. Want to outfit your PS5 with an additional 4TB? By all means, go for it!
However, we’re looking at reasonably priced alternatives for customers looking to double up on storage space quickly. That means we have eyes on 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs that already have a heatsink installed (as Sony requires to maintain optimum performance and keep heat levels in check). 
Without further ado, here are some of the best 1TB PCI 4.0 SSD deals that we’ve found that come with a standard heatsink (and one that doesn’t) and are compatible with the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
XPG 2TB Gammix S70 Blade: was $329, now $267 at Amazon
This XPG drive boasts sequential read speeds of up to 6,100 MBps on a PS5. It comes with a heastsink that's designed to keep it cool while in the console.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB with heatsink: was $249, now $199 at Amazon
The Samsung 980 Pro SSD measures just 8.6mm thick including its heatsink, making it a perfect fit within the PS5's drive bay. In addition, its 7 GBps sequential reads and 5 GBps sequential write performance is more than enough to satisfy Sony's minimum requirements.
Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s SSD (1TB) with heatsink: was $229.99, now $189.99 at Amazon
The Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s SSD is a great option thanks to its slim nano carbon-coated aluminum heatsink. On the performance front, Gigabyte promises sequential reads of up to 7 GBps and sequential writes of up to 5.5 GBps.
WD_BLACK SN850 SSD with heatsink: was $249.99, now $199.99 at Walmart
The WD BLACK 1TB SN850 SSD is yet another heatsink-equipped solution that comes in at just under the $200 mark. It is capable of delivering up to 7 GBps sequential read performance, while sequential writes max out at 5.3 GBpsec. 
PNY XLR8 CS3040 SSD: was $179.99, now $124.99 at Amazon
The PNY XLR8 CS3040 doesn't come with a preinstalled heatsink from the factory. As a result, it has a much lower price tag of $124.99 and slower sequential read/write performance (5.6 GB/s and 4.3 GB/s respectively). However, it's fast enough to perform just fine in the PS5 if you add your own third-party heatsink as requested by Sony. You can find compatible heatsinks on Amazon for between $6 and $20.
You can find even more savings at our best Cyber Monday PC gaming deals page. We’re also tracking the best Cyber Monday monitor dealsbest Cyber Monday CPU dealsbest Cyber Monday SSD dealsbest Cyber Monday gaming laptop dealsbest Cyber Monday keyboard dealsbest Cyber Monday gaming mouse deals and the best Cyber Monday PC hardware deals overall.
Makers and hobbyists will find sales by checking out the best Cyber Monday 3D printer dealsbest Cyber Monday Raspberry Pi deals and best Cyber Monday robot deals. If you’re shopping for a graphics card, we even have advice on how to find the best RTX 3080 dealsbest RTX 3070 deals and best RTX 3060 deals you can find in this challenging market.
Brandon Hill is a senior editor at Tom’s Hardware. He has written about PC and Mac tech since the late 1990s with bylines at AnandTech, DailyTech, and Hot Hardware. When he is not consuming copious amounts of tech news, he can be found enjoying the NC mountains or the beach with his wife and two sons.
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Artists Show Off Slick Concept for Xbox Series X Elite Console – GameRant

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The Xbox Series X will inevitably receive an updated model, and one creator shows off their design of what it may just look like.
The Xbox Series X is the current flagship console for Microsoft, and one of the most powerful consoles ever made. Like previous generations, the Xbox Series X is bound to receive a sleeker new model, perhaps even with upgraded specs, and one content creator has shared what they think it may look like.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X in 2019, its design was attention grabbing, and some might say for the wrong reasons. There is nothing outwardly strange or offensive about the design, but its size, shape, and color immediately saw comparisons between the Xbox Series X and refrigerators. Micosoft saw this as a great marketing opportunity, however, releasing an offical Xbox Series X mini-fridge that has quickly sold out practically everywhere. With the last generation of consoles, Microsoft released the Xbox One S and Xbox One X towards the end of the Xbox One's lifecycle.
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A YouTuber by the name of Concept Creator has designed a mock-up of what the next Xbox Series X console variant may look like. Originally covered by Ilse Jurrien of LetsGoDigital, graphic designer Jermaine Smit of Concept Creator trims away the fat of the original Xbox Series X design, making it much more slender, sleeker, and recognizable, thanks to some key implementations. Size-wise, the Xbox Series X Elite, as Jurrien is calling it, evokes the jump from the Xbox One to the Xbox One X but to a much higher degree, with the Elite nearly shrinking the original Series X in half. The most eye-catching change of the Elite is the sharp, raised cross-piece that cuts across the top and front of the console, with LEDs that glow Xbox green on both sides.
Despite the additions, many of the key Xbox Series X design features are retained in the Elite's mock-up. On the left side of the console is the disc-tray, power button, and four USB ports that appear smoothly chiseled out of the console's body. Likewise, the signature venting that appears on the top of the original Xbox Series X returns on the right portions of the Elite, providing a nice blend of textures that dissuade easy comparisons to DVR boxes. Concept Creator's Xbox Series X Elite design also has a white variant, channeling the design of the Xbox Series S, the original console's little sister.
As it stands, not much (if anything) is known about the next iteration of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft's next family of consoles have been out for over a year, and while the Xbox Series S sold very well during Black Friday this year, still not everyone who desires one of these systems has been able to get one yet. With that in mind, while it is fun to think about the future of these systems and what they may look like, Microsoft's priority should still be in making its current lineup more available. Unless the Xbox Series X Elite magically doesn't require microchips, it will likely fall into the same issues as the current console lineup.
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By Daniel Piper published 17 January 22
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It’s fair to say we weren’t enamoured with the design of Sony’s DualSense controller when it was revealed last year. Like the PS5 itself, the controller is somewhat, er, chonky – but it seems Sony is already working on slimmer design concepts.
A new patent filing reveals the company is working on a new controller design featuring a collapsible control stick. This means the joystick could retract into the body of the controller itself, allowing for a more svelte (and potentially more comfortable) design. And while it might just be a patent, at this rate it might well arrive before the next PS5 restock
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The patent filing itself offers little in the way of information about how the controller will work, simply describing: “A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot centre within the controller body.” (You know when you read a word so many times that it loses all meaning? Yeah, thumbstick.)
But it seems the concept is all about comfort. “Analog nubs are portable but also very uncomfortable for the user,” Sony says in the filing. “The user moves the flat surface or rough area with pressure from their thumb. This can become quite uncomfortable after a while because the required friction between the user’s thumb and the surface.” 
As with all patents, whether this design will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but it’s certainly intriguing – and we can’t help but wonder if it’s offering us a glimpse of the next generation of DualSense. If a PS5 ‘Slim’ ever makes it to market (hey, every PlayStation generation has had one), perhaps it’ll arrive complete with a redesigned controller?
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Indeed, a collapsible thumbstick could potentially transform the feel of the controller for gamers, offering a much more personalised and therefore comfortable experience. And it could do wonders for storage too – perhaps we’ll even end up with some kind of ‘DualSense Slim’ charging case. And we’re sure it could look pretty cool – better than that horrendous McDonald’s DualSense concept anyway. 
It seems Sony is finally ready to give gamers more options when it comes to the look of the PS5. From those new coloured faceplates to rumours of a console redesign, the days of being restricted to Sony’s reverse-oreo (sorry, white-on-black) design are coming to an end. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll have a brand new controller to enjoy too. Want to start gaming right now? Check out today’s best games console deals below.
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