PS4 doesn't support external storage

"No, this feature is not supported," Sony writes in newly published "ultimate" FAQ.

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The PlayStation 4 will not support external storage, Sony confirmed today as part of an "ultimate" FAQ about the next-generation console posted on the PlayStation Blog.

"No, this feature is not supported on PS4," Sony said.

The PS4 will, however, feature a 500GB hard drive that can be swapped out if the replacement meets various criteria.

"PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive. Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB," Sony said.

The PS4 also lacks support for DLNA, which eliminates client functionality for media servers.

The FAQ, which Sony teased last week, includes numerous details about the next-generation console, which will launch in North America on November 15 for $400. Sony previously detailed the PS4's day-one patch, which will unlock a bevy of system features, including facial recognition, online multiplayer, and Remote Play.

Sony recommends that users orient the PS4 horizontally, though a vertical stand will be sold separately. In addition, the PS4 will be sold only in jet black, at least at launch, Sony said.

The document also includes details about what services PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive and what kind of options non-subscribers will have.

Subscribing to PS Plus ($50/year) is the only way to play most multiplayer online games on PS4, though some free-to-play games--like DC Universe Online and Warframe--will be available without a subscription.

PlayStation Plus benefits:

  • Online Multiplayer
  • Instant Game Collection
  • Discounts
  • Online Game Save
  • Other benefits

Services available without PlayStation Plus:

  • Accessing entertainment, film, and TV services (Users must subscribe separately to individual services)
  • Share options, including sending gameplay video and screenshots to Facebook, screenshots to Twitter, or livestreaming gameplay via Ustream or Twitch
  • Sharing video to Facebook,
  • Playing PS4 games remotely using the PS Vita system (Remote Play)
  • Comparing Trophy data with other users
  • Sending and receiving text messages from other users
  • PlayStation Store access (users must pay to purchase premium content)
  • Live item, activity feeds on Dynamic Menu
  • Party (cross game voice chat)
  • Web browser
  • PlayStation App services (on iOS/Android devices)

Also in the FAQ, it is confirmed that the PS4 will not support 4K output for still images and movie content, though this remains in consideration. The PS4 also does not support 4K output for games, Sony said. The PS4 supports 3D gameplay, but no launch titles are 3D compatible.

When playing disc-based games, some data must be installed to the hard drive, Sony said. However, some titles that use Sony's new PlayGo system will allow gamers to start playing before the entire game is downloaded.

Though the PS4 will support DVD and Blu-ray playback for movies, users will need to download and install the PS4's day-one update before they can do so. Audio CDs are not supported on the PS4.

Sony also addressed how loud the PS4 system will be while running. The company said the console will be "generally much quieter" than the PS3. The system also features a "stepless speed fan" system that will increase the speed of the fans as needed. Still, Sony said it is important to house the PS4 in an environment with "plenty of air circulation."

Previously announced PS4 features that will not be available at launch include the ability to share a controller over the Internet to assist a friend and the suspend/resume mode. In addition, players will not be able to suspend and resume their progress across different games at launch, Sony said.

Regarding cross-platform play, Sony said play between PS4 and PS3 users is "technically possible and some developers may choose to support it for their titles."

Also in the FAQ, Sony reiterated that the PS4 will fully support used games. The company also said that first-party titles will not use an Online Pass program, though third-party games might.

"When it comes to third-party titles, PlayStation won't dictate the strategy of publishers concerning Online Pass programs. However, most third parties have phased out the use of Online Pass systems, so they're unlikely to appear on PS4," Sony said.

Sony also confirmed in the FAQ that neither digital nor disc-based games will be region-locked. However, Sony said it recommends that all users purchase games at the region of their residence.

"In certain instances, a software publisher may choose to region lock a game title for specific reasons, but Sony Computer Entertainment expects these instances to be uncommon," Sony said.

Sony also confirmed that DualShock 4 controllers will be available in Magma Red and Wave Blue sometime after launch. Lastly, the company said PS4 users will not be able to share video content through YouTube right away.

"No. At launch, PS4 users will be able to use the Share button on the DualShock 4 controller to upload gameplay videos to their Facebook account, or to stream live gameplay to Ustream or Twitch."

Check out the full PS4 FAQ for more.

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Its disgusting. As an upgrade you expect the ps4 to do what the ps3
could do and more. I Had a ps3 because it was a media hub. If i had a
digital copy of a film, just put it on a stick or DLNA it across. As for
not even allowing you to play CD's I am complete shocked and
disappointed at the laziness of the company, I feel scammed by Sony.
The media center feel to the ps3 was brilliant and was one of the ways i could share photos and family holiday images on a big screen for friends and family now thats been taken away.
After waiting years for it after its announcement, to find that my ps3
was better makes me feel sick at the money i have just invested in a
less capable model. If I had known this before hand I would not have
bother buying one. I should have gone for the XBOX ONE! I HAVE JUST LOST
COMPLETE FAITH IN SONY!

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What is the point of having USB3 ports if you don't support external hard drives? What other reason besides large storage is there for having such fast ports? They could have stuck with USB2 and saved themselves some production cost.

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**** you sony and your shitty "next" gen console...might as well buy another ps3. The media server was a buying feature for sure.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It does seem like they're going backward in that regard.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> PC and PS4 > all

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What a FanBoy saying "PC and Ps4 > all" in an article that lists many Ps4 shortcomings not even an Xbox One has (or will not have), much less a PC. Xbox One will support 4K for games and does right now for images and videos. Xbox One will support external storage and supports "Play To" with Windows 7 and Windows 8 for videos and music.

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This is the HD that I will be getting for my PS4.

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s00ny is th000 sth00pid i has 8k in me pc ok. the would could should wooble gone with the ps6 instead i love sooony but i has pc and pc is waay better i has internet and i has games, stoopid fanboys buying shit they like. i buy shit no like. masta race. better 8k i has 8k picture me wants to see in imaginary hardwar and i has 8k video no hadrwar can stream. i has magic future pc and pc is masta.

there, someone wanted to say it anyway.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> another "pc master rac" robot with a virus. Have fun paying 5000$+ when 8K monitors come out with the hardware for playing games on that res. Today you need at least 1200$ to get a decent premium gaming computer. Yeah, it will be better-looking, but who shoould care about graphics, the main focus should be GAMES!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> thanks captain :D

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Jazz will be implemented on the ps7.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> theyll add it at launch on the ps5

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> isn't it the same as ps3? i have a 500gb drive since i brought a 80gb PS3 at launch

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What size Hard Drive will the PS4 fit?

3.5" or 2.5"?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 2.5" latptop-compatible hard drives.

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I wonder if a 7200RPM 1TB SATA Drive will work on the PS4?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the problem is, there are currently no 2.5" hard drives which has 1TB and 7200 RPM, except for Seagate constellation drives, but I think they may be thicker and are much more expensive, since they're server grade HDD. The only normal 2.5" HDD which supports 7200 RPM are with 750GB capacity., although, you are better off buying a hybrid drive, which can be up to twice as fast than tradional HDD, which are only 30$ more of a 1TB model with Seagate.

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@Dantes0007 @blackace Where in the article does it say that it does or does not support 7200 RPM Sata Drives? Where dumbass? I read the whole article. Did you?

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Sony is so dumb.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah they are so stupid they make millions, i want to be that stupid too.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They're on the brink of bankrupcy.

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@Ripper_TV@ZombieGuyGeorge same as apple,microsoft, Nintendo, at&t and many companies since 10 years ago. microsoft, for example they're so broke they just brought the gears of war franchise. I wish I was so broke I could buy a franchise of that size.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He mad.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> just saying. sony's been around the gaming since middle 80's.if they were so dumb, they should be already be broke. same as microsoft and nintendo that people say they are dumb too. apple is dumb, and? they make millions too with people even dumber that pay again new hardware for a minor software update. they can be dumb as shit but hey, at least they have more money than most of us here.

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It's ironic, I'm really excited about the next-gengames: Forza, Destiny, etc. but I am really not enthused about either console. It's news like this that is slowly eroding my enthusiasm.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> To be honest, the PS3 and X360 had become such all-encompassing multimedia powerhouses that it was going to be hard to top them. Consoles are kind of like the smartphone market -- sure, they can cram more stuff in there, but most of them already have the stuff that you really want and need.

(And apparently some stuff that you don't want or need since Sony has gotten rid of it in the PS4.)

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Weird, Sony PS3 is DLNA and you can stick a hardrive and play stuff off it. This is ridiculousby sony to omitted, but something they can put in as people complain. Start complaining to sony and they will release a hardware update for dlna and external drive. Stop forcing this cloud nonsense, I used the cloud, but not for everything.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> and thanks to people using the cloud they said, oh look they ARE using it. and bam. cloud based consoles. next time, don't use the thing at all.

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With the digital distribution being pushed in our faces harder and harder each year, why the hell would anyone package something that uses 20GB at a time with a hard drive as small as 500GB? The way people throw money at garbage games these days by the dozens do they really think 500GB is enough to hold 10 years worth of games? Not to mention nearly everyone uses consoles (especially the Playstation side) for videos, movies, etc. taking up even more space.


On the other hand, this is the FIRST thing the PS4 has announced that people dislike...to X1's everything. Chill.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> enough to hold 10 years worth of games? eh, ever heard of uninstall/delete ? Who in their right mind keeps their games installed years after finishing them? Example, you buy AC4, you finish it 3 weeks from now. Why on earth would you keep the game installed several months from now? See what I mean? You dont really keep every game you buy. At least no point in keeping it on the harddrive months and years after you're done with it. So no, 500gb WILL be enough when it comes to the *games*. Lots of recorded videos and stuff..well thats another story. As things are right now with the required size of installing games, you could easiy fit 11-16 BIG (AC4, killzone etc)games on that harddrive. Seriously doubt any one plays more than 12games at the same time anyway.

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wait you have to pay 50$ for discounts?!


HAHAHAHAH fucking chumps!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> better pay the full $800 in games that they give with the subscription, right? stupid sony, who would want to pay $50 a year to get $800 in games, right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I know you're a troll... but PS+ also gives you 6-8 games free every month...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Either A). You can't or B). You'll have to upload all your data to the "clouds". Either way is shitty

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> maybe im not getting it right but what they wont support is using the external drive for playing/saving. but you can use it for backups. just the same as ps3, but without saving directly on the external drives.

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This mostly sucks because I won't be able to watch digital video files that you download on a computer, then play on your TV using the PS3; I often used that as one of my biggest arguments for getting a PS3 over a 360 (i have both, but this feature is why, if given the choice of only one, I'd say PS3)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Both systems had that feature

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> then they are both fail. MASTA RACE FTW!!!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> what i have both and they both 360 and ps 3 do media streaming to the tv so how can you use something they both do as an argument to get one over the other?

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The PS3 plays more formats than the X360. Surprisingly (or not), Microsoft's console couldn't play more even though they have the PC experience for it.

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No external storage. No 4K. No sale. Honestly, this is the most disappointing next-gen so far.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> NES didnt have an external storage outside japan. or 4k support. or the genesis. or the atari 2600. say, what's the content available for 4k? cell phone pics? because i have a 12mpx xperia and it's barely 2k. so only if you have a 24mpx camera there's no other content available. and even so, your 24mpx camera still captures video in 1080.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> totally agreed, i'm not even half hyped as i was with the ps3 or ps2 lauch

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@fede_pyro @DiscGuru101 I've got half-hyped everytime new console going to launch, coz PC is getting better fast.

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Better off just to wait and see how this go

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