How to Store Your Entire Game Library on One Machine
The biggest change in the console game industry has been the move from disc to hard drive. Games still often come on discs, but they also install and play from the drive rather than running straight off the disc.
How Much Storage Does the PS4 Offer?
The PS4 aimed from the outset to support game download as well as disk installs, which meant significant storage capacity was a necessary design feature. The system has been through multiple revisions, but storage limitations have remained relatively constant throughout its lifespan.
- PS4: Initial version, available with either 500 GB or 1 TB storage.
- PS4 Slim: Revised version, also available with either 500 GB or 1 TB storage.
- PS4 Pro: Upgraded version, only available with a 1 TB HDD installed.
How Do You Get More Storage?
Even with 1 TB available, there are always people with game libraries that overflow the limits of the PlayStation. Gaming involves huge amounts of data from the original game itself to all the DLC packages available for some of the more popular ones. Luckily there are two ways to deal with this issue:
- Upgrade: The Sony PlayStation 4 keeps a hard drive upgrade in mind. Anyone who needs more room can simply swap out the existing drive and put in a larger 2 TB SATA HDD and then simply put the firmware back on the machine. You can even upgrade to an SSD for a 5-8 second improvement in boot times along with faster level loads.
- External: You can also add an external hard drive such as the Game Drive for PS4, which adds either 2 TB to 4 TB of external storage over a USB 3.0 interface. This portable option can even let you take your library over to a friend's and play there with your own saves. Many even power directly from the USB port, so you only need to plug in a single connection to take advantage of the additional room.
For those who are not willing to either open the case themselves or add an external drive, it is possible to find various aftermarket options for the Sony PlayStation 4 where the console already has the larger drive in place. It's one advantage of using an open model with commodity hardware whenever possible. This only works because the PS4 uses standard hard drives that can be found in many laptops. When doing it yourself, consider looking for a low profile HDD as the console does not have the internal volume of a full-tower computer and so it can be a tighter squeeze for larger drives.
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