Shuhei Yoshida Further Discusses PS4 Game Installs, Data Will Stay HDD After Playing

PSLS: Back on Monday, we let you know about Shuhei Yoshida revealing that those massive PS4 installs were cached data and you could easily delete them if you needed to.

Since it left some people confused, Shuhei took to Twitter and answered some questions, with the first and foremost coming when someone asked if “so when you say cache, you mean install? Just that it is installed automatically in the background?” Here’s his answer

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SonyNGP1664d ago

Isn't this pretty much like how it is right now?

sigfredod1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

If you are doing this right now then please explain me how you do it, i would love to install my games on the background while i'm playing it, wwhat is your secret?

SonyNGP1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

I meant the installation (not for every title) and the fact that it stays on your drive unless you decide to delete it. No need to smartass me.

@xPhear Noted. Thanks!

abzdine1664d ago

the installation files will stay in the HDD as it is now, but the new feature is that it installs while you play, and that's a good thing. I also think the reason why they did it this way is because the install files must be massive.
i might already think to upgrade that 500GB

darthv721664d ago

Im confused. Are all PS4 games required to install while playing? We arent going to play right from the disc?

So if the game installs, will the disc still be needed after installation (like the 360 does) for verification?

Honestly, i was under the impression that Ps4 games could be played from the disc and that it was the XB1 that did the whole mandatory install the game in order to play thing.

lsujester1664d ago

PS4 has to "cache", which means data is going on your HDD regardless. It's not a full install, so it will read the disc while playing, but the most heavily used data will be your HDD for quicker loading. There's no way around it, so there will be no playing from the disc only.

It is still an option to fully install the game to your hard drive if you'd rather, though.

inveni01664d ago

This is perfectly fine with me, as long as it really does install while playing. This way, I won't mind clearing data out in order to make room for another game. For instance, let's say I want to make room for The Order sometime next year. Well, I haven't played Shadow Fall for a while, so I'll just remove it. Uh oh. My son came home from school and has an online match of SF scheduled with his friends! No bother. All games install while playing. So we don't have to wait on fixing something someone else removed.

That sounds like a great way to handle installs.

dantesparda1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

I dont like this, it wastes way to much space. I would have preferred say a 50 gig area for caching game data, then the rest of the HDD be ours to choose what we wanna do with it. The option to install games would have been nice. This is basically just mandatory automatic game installs. No different than X1. The only plus here, is that at least Sony lets you change the HDD, whereas MS doesnt. But i do think that Sony should allow external drives to, if this is the case. Cuz, 400~ gigs is not going to be nowhere near enough with 10-50 gig games

zeee1663d ago

off topic but do you guys think that due to the x86 architecture the next gen consoles will be easily hacked? I'm no expert so I hope someone with better x86 knowledge will be able to shed some light on this.

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xPhearR3dx1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

No. On PS3 you have mandatory installs. Meaning like GTA V for example, you'll have to install 8GB and wait a good 20min before you play anything. 360 has no (with the exception of a few) mandatory installs, but can install the entire game optionally. Which could take anywhere from 10-30min.

With the PS4, you have a mandatory install for the entire game, however it's done in the background as you play. You put the disc in, hit play, and as you game, it installs to your HDD. That data (30-50+GB) will stay on your HDD until you manually delete it.

In short. It's basically PS3 mandatory installs but the entire disc, and it takes place in the background instead of making you wait. It's a good thing. You're HDD will fill up fast, but since you don't need to wait to install anything, it's not that big of a deal.

Fireseed1664d ago

+1 For helpful, thank you was a bit confused myself but thank you for clarifying. So I take it the HDD space isn't too much of a concern then seeing as you can easily delete and re install games.

MizTv1664d ago

I hate waiting for installs so this is a good thing

alexg5871664d ago

So are you saying that since it downloads while i play....what if i save my game quit it delete the data then play again later on would i be able to proceed with my game after deleting the install ? You seem to be well informed lol

aCasualGamer1664d ago

Thanks for clearing that out. If it's true that it's mandatory install for the entire game on PS4, then it's pretty much BS. Idiotic to fill up the HDD for no reason... Does this mean that if you delete the install you'll have to play the "gimped" version or the version with more framerate drops?

It's not a problem since the install is done in the background, but the fact that you have to delete it manually to reserve space in HDD is just stupid beyond belief.

I don't want to have my HDD being full because of installs, i want it to be full because i buy lots of digital games and full because i port my movies to PS4 etc...

ZodTheRipper1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

^"but the fact that you have to delete it manually to reserve space in HDD is just stupid beyond belief."

Maybe next-next-gen can read your mind and delete automatically what you don't want anymore.

"So are you saying that since it downloads while i play....what if i save my game quit it delete the data then play again later on would i be able to proceed with my game after deleting the install ?"

Of course, the process is simply reiterated. Your saved game will not be touched by deleting the game data. It's really not that complex, but it's awesome :D

xPhearR3dx1664d ago

The install automatically starts every time you put the game in if the PS4 doesn't detect the game cache on the HDD. Sure you can delete it, but next time you start the game it will proceed to install again.

However, you'll need that space required or you can't play the game. So for Killzone, if I remember correctly is like 45GB or something. If you don't have 45GB free on your PS4 you'll need to delete other games cache data, PSN games etc before you can play said game.

aCasualGamer1664d ago

^Zod... well isn't it stupid though? That we get 500GB of storage, and it goes to waste because you have to reserve 50GB for every game you purchase.....

I mean, if that isn't stupid then i don't know what is.

And yeaaaah... there should be an automatic setting for deleting the installed game after you quit. That would be preferable over having to do it manually after every playthrough.

Can't believe this truly is what nextgen will be like... ugh...

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GribbleGrunger1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

The main difference is with an install you have to wait for it to fully install before you can play while with the PS4 you can play while it's installing. It makes it much easier to juggle the space if it starts filling up.

For instance, let's say you buy Driveclub but your HDD is filled up. You would delete KZS and play DC until it's fully installed, but the key here is that you are 'playing it' while that process takes place. Then a week later you want to play KZS again and delete DC. ALL the caching does is improve speeds of loading menus and levels so it's not a great problem to keep switching.


Exactly, this means that even if your storage fills up fast, deleting and reinstalling is much easier/faster and hence 500GB is not that restrictive even when you have to install the whole game.

I would add through that it's potentially bad news for those expecting to use a SSD, as with SSD you can only rewrite so many times before a block is no longer useable... So if someone is planning on using SSD for PS4, you better get a huge one and not need so much rewriting.

Also, for anyone interested in SSD or hybrid storage solutions, does you guys know what SATA port does the PS4's southbridge have? I believe it's "SATA 3" (or Sata III, Sata 600, basically a 6 GB/s connection for those unfamiliar with it, it's needed to take full advantage of SSD, Sata 2 and Sata 1 can be potentially maxed out with much cheaper HDD and I don't feel like burning money at launch unless it's worth it), but I had not yet seen any confirmation.

Blaze9291664d ago

So does the PS4 require installs for everygame like the Xbox One too?

mosaic371664d ago

no is not because the install are a fraction of the size when compared to the hard drive size that you have in your console. assuming you have 120GB or more. But with 500GB and an install of this size it's like having a 20GB hard drive when the PS3 first came out. Not enough space at all. And this goes for XB1 as well. In the end customers will eventually have to spend more money in upgrading their consoles.

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acharlez1664d ago

My PS4 hard drive is gonna fill up fast.

esemce1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

If the PS4 blurays are 50Gb and we need 45Gb for killzone then this is almost the same as a full install, If you delete the 45gb cache then the next time you want to play the game it would copy the files to your Hard drive again.

Sounds very similar the what the Xbone does, if you dont have 45gb free on your hardrive the no game play for you.

This is basically a mandatory full install, unless I see a PS4 game that is 40+gb in size but only needs <10gb cache file to prove otherwise.

Thank [email protected] it installs in the background.

KrisButtar1664d ago

I'm more confused now than I was.

Kryptix1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

Let me explain in simple terms...

As you play the game, the disc automatically installs itself into the hard drive which results in better loading times the next time you decide to play it. This not only speeds up loading times, but helps textures to load up quickly as you play and also prevents the blu-ray laser from getting extra wear and tear because the disc data can be easily read from the hard drive. (where the PS4 keeps the memory.)

Just play the game as you normally do and if you run out of hard drive space, you can delete the disc data to make room for other games. This article also says the data deletion has to be done manually and not automatically. Really, it's a lot like the PS3 but you don't have to wait for games to install to play them.

KrisButtar1664d ago

[b]Really, it's a lot like the PS3 but you don't have to wait for games to install to play them.[/b]"

Thanks bubble up "helpful"

I_am_Batman1664d ago

Some PS3 games did install in the Background as well. My concern is that the games that did that on the PS3 suffered from bad framerate while installing.

I wonder if it will have a negative effect on PS4 games. I'm not sure if sacrificing performance in the first playthrough make sense just to improve the performance of the second playthrough..

The installing seems to be mandatory so one might think that the disc drive isn't fast enough to load all the data needed in time. But that wouldn't make sense either cause if the disc drive would be too slow it wouldn't be possible to install while playing.

We really need to get an in depth report on how this will work while playing the game.

dantesparda1664d ago

i share your concern Batman

Kayant1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

Well I take back what I said early it looks like full install for everyone this gen better get that 1TB HDD ready :p

So the confusion was that we thought by caching he meant the data was temporary.

But what he meant was that instead of having to wait for it to install like you do now it is instead done automatically in the background. Which would mean it's caching the data from the disc as you play until it's fully installed.

Is this right???

FAQ is needed twitter is not enough for this.

MasterCornholio1664d ago

"Well I take back what I said early it looks like full install for everyone this gen better get that 1TB HDD ready :p"

You mean PS4 owners because Wii U users and Xbox One users can't upgrade their HDDs and they are limited by the slow speeds of externals.

Nexus 7 2013

Kayant1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

Not so much with XB1 when the patch arrives as long as they get a 3.0 external HDD speeds should be fine I think. Like GribbleGrunger explained above this is actually not too bad as long as you don't too have much DD content because you can always delete the disc data for one game you haven't played in a while then play your current game without waiting for it to install and repeat that process each time.

GribbleGrunger1664d ago (Edited 1664d ago )

Correct. What happened is that Yosh was describing the 'process' and people were confusing it with the end result. As I mentioned above though, it makes juggling your space very easy because you can still play while you are caching.

They're obviously using the same tech they are gong to use for PSN downloads, in that you can start playing before it's fully downloaded. This suggests to me that it's hardware based and not software based, which should mean the process will be faster too.

I was worried too, but I really don't mind swapping as long as I can get straight into the game. I juggle space regularly on my PS3 at the moment and it's a pain in the bottom because I have to fully uninstall and fully install before I can play.

I'm happy with this solution. And who's to say that there isn't (or will be in the future) a setting that allows this process to happen automatically in the background. Maybe a system that determines which game you play the least or which game you haven't played in a long time, and automatically deletes it as you cache the new game.

PositiveEmotions1664d ago

We already know this well at least allot of us do.

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