The PS4’s storage situation has greatly improved compared to when the system was first introduced in 2013. The console can now send 1TB of onboard storage by default, double the size capacity of the original model and even the addition of extra space is as simple as connecting an external hard drive to the device. But if the space of your PS4 hard drive is filled up and it requires extra space, here are our picks;
External Hard Drive
I suggest that most PS4 owners should follow this route. External drives are capable of loading games faster compared to the internal drive, plus they are ubiquitous, cheap and incredibly easy to set up.
The major factor that you should consider is the amount of space you will need. The largest PS4 titles have a size of at least 100GB, so in general, it is advisable to opt for a hard drive with more space than you really need. I probably wouldn’t opt for a drive with a space lesser than 2TB, and the Seagate Backup Plus recommended by Wirecutter is a good option at around $65. Another excellent choice is the WD My Passport in case the Seagate is not available.
You can also increase your storage space for a price range of around $35 if you intend to have extra room.
If you want to increase the space any further, and you intend to opt for a desktop hard drive, which has a larger size and requires an additional power cord, so always ensure that there is enough space on your surge protector.
Seagate came up with a 2TB and 4TB drive that is designed especially for PS4s, but you shouldn’t opt for it. Asides from some slight design tweaks, I will describe it as a more expensive version of other hard drives highlighted above.
If you consider speed as your top priority over space, this G-Drive rotates at 7200 RPM as opposed to 5400, which should boost your loading times. At $75 for 1TB though, the price is not worth it for most gamers.
Internal Hard Drive
The unique feature of the PS4 is that it allows you to upgrade the internal hard drive. It performs more work than just connecting an external drive, but it does deliver potential performance benefits, without the addition of clutter.
If you are following this route, your search shouldn’t go beyond the Seagate Firecuda, which integrates a larger hard drive with a small SSD to offer you improved performance and extra space at a moderate price. Just ensure that you are purchasing a 2.5″ drive, as the 3.5″ models are not compatible with your console. Eurogamer carried out some speed tests on the Firecuda, and the processing time improvements are magical once it discovers the necessary files it moves to flash storage.
Let us assume you are very buoyant financially and you have lots of money in your bank account, and demand the overall best performance unimaginable? You could decide to opt for an SSD as a viable replacement for your internal hard drive – 1TB models fall within the range of $200-$250 – and experience moderately faster loading times compared to the Firecuda. Make sure that you enforce these tips to enable you to choose the right hard drive for your device.