Ask the Experts: Upgrading a PS4 Hard Drive

Find out how easy it is to replace the stock hard drive in the PlayStation 4. Is it worth upgrading to a SSD? Jeff and Peter find out.

Discussion

58 comments
maxpayne1940
maxpayne1940

they say the hard drive will load up in ten seconds,why waste money buying that hard drive you wait twenty seconds with the normal playstation4 hard drive it does a great job it will play all the new games why waste money

tistats
tistats

Why does Gamespot keep spreading false information on the console CPU's.


Facts (proven via benchmarks)


PS4                                 | Xbox One

2.0 GHZ                          | 1.75 GHZ  (Clocks)

7 Free Cores (1 for OS) | 6 Free Cores (2 for OS)

8 Cores Total                  | 8 Cores Total


"Interestingly while demonstrating texture generation speed, DXT compressed, using Substance Engine, for one CPU, it was found that the PlayStation 4 is able to generate 14MB/s of textures compared to 12MB/s for the Xbox One"


This would mean that the PS4 GPU is clocked at 2GHZ to get these results for a single target bench.


Read more at http://gamingbolt.com/substance-engine-increases-ps4-xbox-one-texture-generation-speed-to-14-mbs-12-mbs-respectively#BYwyOVqbxsuReZvq.99

RaymanDK
RaymanDK

These people are not experts. It is possible on the Xbox One, it's just not as easy.

Last time I watch this show.

And just a tip. Say what you're doing while changing to the SSD instead of just doing it off camera.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I put a 1TB in my PS4. SSDs just cost way too much right now.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Very cool feature of the PS4, why xbox didnt do something like this ill never know

FuriousHamst3r
FuriousHamst3r

Very good show!!  Very informative!! One PS4 coming my way!!

killerjay13
killerjay13

Whats the largest HDD (in terms of space) that you can put into a ps4? I know it has to be a laptop sized drive in terms of dimensions.

maitkarro
maitkarro

Twin beards = gaming experts.

Leandrew Rowsey
Leandrew Rowsey

Seagate has a couple of laptop hard drives my question out of the ones they offer which are compatible with the ps4 and which offers the best option ???

cvbz
cvbz

I like how when he takes out the hard drive the SSD is already instead then they cut to him taking out the original HDD from the caddy.

eorde
eorde

I just bought a USB 3.0 External 1 TB for my Xbox One, and it loads small hard drive stored games in about 5-8 seconds. I'm impressed.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

I bought a 1.5T HDD for my PS4. SSD is still expensive and the difference is not that much. Unless u use on a computer then I think worth buying if you have extra money.  ^-^ 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

can't believe how easy it is to swap them out. in a 3  years or less you will most likely be able to get a 2 terrabyte drive for less than $100 and by then I'm sure I will need to upgrade. Its completely idiotic the MS makes it so hard and recommends against it.

sevuz7
sevuz7

Getting an SSHD as well. No reason to get a SSD atm for a PS4

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

Is a beard required to be an expert? (because i totally have one)

Raymond Jenkins
Raymond Jenkins

They've got jobs doing this stuff. They're getting paid. So compared to you jackasses, yes they are experts. (grumbling) damn kids these days.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Definitely getting a 1TB SSHD...especially since I might be getting a PS4 this Christmas thanks to my girls inability to keep secrets :P

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

great feature guys. i just want to add, for anyone looking to upgrade, a SSHD (hybrid drive) is probably your best option rather than a regular mechanical drive or SSD. you can get a 1TB hybrid for about $130 and you will get the speed benefits of the SSD (or very close to) but with a much larger capacity. 

StHapns247
StHapns247

Was that desktop wallpaper of Assassin's Creed 3? So modarn.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I can't imagine I will do this. I've had a 20GB hard drive in my 360 up until this summer, when I literally couldn't take it any more.

I now have a 120GB hard drive.

Even with larger games, I can't see myself ever NEEDING 6-7 games to be installed at once. I rarely replay games and if I do it is WAY down the line and even then it has to be an epic game for me to even consider it.

I think 3-4 games in rotation will be more than I will ever need.

Also I will NEVER pay $300 for 10 seconds difference. Like people who buy SSDs on PC because it shaves 30 seconds off of operating load times. They need their god damn heads looking at.

Not to mention with heavy usage, SSDs actually have a lower shelf life due to limited write cycles. Doesn't seem worth it to me, no matter which way you slice it.

couly
couly

Why not just buy a PC with a controller?

fireandcarnage
fireandcarnage

i have a question considering the process for installing the reformat doesn't seem automatic so does this mean that unlike the ps3 if you have to get a new console you can just swap hard drives?

Matt Newall
Matt Newall

Experts with a degree in anything other than games design...... Right

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I love how easy it is. xbox one really should have went with an option to swap out the hard drive like PS4

obsequies
obsequies

wow 20% to half the time is a huge increase. Can you pop the drive out and put it into another ps4 without having to do a reformat with a backup/backdown? I realize this would never really happen often if at all but I'm curious.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@killerjay13 If I'm not mistaken (and I might be), based on the format that the PS4 uses, you can get up to a 2TB HDD to work on that thing.


However, such drives don't exist yet (as far as normal consumers are concerned) because of the small dimensions of the drive. I believe the largest consumer HDD in that form factor is 1TB right now. And for SDDs... I'm not sure, 250 GB I think? possibly 500 but I don't think more than that. That could all change in the near future. In fact, I suspect it will probably change in the next year or so, quite possibly in direct response to this.

yngsten
yngsten

@daviz88 

No they just simply informed people that it can't be done on the XONE, which is good to know before destroying the warranty on the machine assuming it was the same on both consoles.

analgrin
analgrin

@daviz88lol you spelt "idiot" wrong. How Ironic. Calm down just kidding

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@ladies_man_xxx 

Would GameSpot overtly suggest to people that they do things that void the warranty on their products?

I would suggest that you consider that question first before you fling some criticism in the way of these two blokes.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Xristophoros lol that's what I did with my PS3. It isn't Fast fast but certainly faster than it's original hdd


Theres a Seagate SSHD 1TB on Amazon for $110!!!!

eorde
eorde

@Dannystaples14 Sadly all disc games for both consoles must be installed. Games like Forza 5 are about 30 GB

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Dannystaples14 I can't see me buying an overly expensive SSD but I will buy at least a 1TB standard HDD. Not only do I keep games installed but also movies and music so my space goes faster. Different needs for different folks. It's nice just to have options.

rjh555
rjh555

@couly   I'm a pc gamer first it is the best possible gaming experience period so don't get me wrong but your on a ps4 post so why the pc comment ? even though i play on pc first i like consoles too. theirs games on both the xbox one and ps4 that you cant get on pc and the same goes for the xbox one and ps4 so i would like to have all of them.

sammoth
sammoth

@GH05T-666 There is nothing wrong with using an external though. It's the same and you also keep the 500gb you bought with it. Less trouble installing using a USB cable 3.0. Much faster data transfer and game installs will be on it as well.

Andrendenum1
Andrendenum1

@obsequies I don't see why you couldn't do this unless:


1) during OS install it somehow links to some kind of chip # in the system itself (which could be...I have no idea.  Maybe someone has already tried -- check YouTube or research through Google..) and


2) if it did work, you'd most likely see your OS configuration and environment on someone else's PS4 (assuming you're moving your SSD to someone else's PS4 console)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@eorde Well yeah but if you have about 300GB spare on a given hard drive then you can install it 10 times. I'll never need to install 10 games at once because I never play 10 games at once.

And the only other reason to install 10 games is so you can play them at another time without installing them again and I never do that. I hardly ever replay games. The only games I do replay are ones that are off the scale and I've not replayed a single game from last generation. Goes to show what level of quality the games last gen really were.

I normally keep maybe two games like Forza and COD or something in rotation and then I play the bigger titles as and when they come out. Meaning I need about 100-150 GB.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@sammoth @GH05T-666 But for aesthetic reasons, I'd rather not have an external hard-drive hanging out on my entertainment center.

eorde
eorde

@Andrendenum1 A brand new hard drive would be empty. The PS4 OS is installed on the hard drive. So if you didn't reformat, you would have a useless black box