Explaining PS5’s SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 1×1, 1×2 & 2×2

Posted on Apr 14 2021 - 1:49pm by Gaf Hussain

There have been several versions of USB and it got a little complicated once it got to USB 3.0. Hopefully this makes it much easier to understand when you decide to purchase one for your PS5.

Sony has not released an exact list of supported drives, but has mentioned that they support USB 3.2. The following SuperSpeed USB connections are supported on PS5 consoles:

  • SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen1/USB 3.2 Gen1 (1×1))
  • SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen1x2)
  • SuperSpeed USB 20 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2x2)

See the chart below that helps explain it a little better.

USB 3.2
Gen 1×1
USB 3.2
Gen 1×2
USB 3.2
Gen 2×1
USB 3.2
Gen 2×2
Transfer Speed5Gbps10GbpsNOT SUPPORTED20Gbps
Previously
Known As
USB 3.1 Gen 1
and USB 3.0
NOT SUPPORTED
Interface OptionsUSB-A, USB-C,
microUSB
USB-C OnlyNOT SUPPORTEDUSB-C Only

Be wary that it appears that Gen 2×1 is NOT supported by Sony.