For those who aren't familiar with the abilities to add storage to this generation's consoles, here is an article describing how to increase each console's storage.
Does the PS4 support external storage yet?
Yes it does, just not for games/apps themselves. Because we already seen what happens when you do that. But it isn't needed, when you can just upgrade the hard drive. Less power being taken by the system and your system doesn't look like a mess.
I guess someone thinks that it does. I'm consistently surprised by people on here. OT: Additional storage is an absolute must for both the PS4 and the Xbox One (not sure about the Wii U install sizes), unless you want to ride the install/uninstall carousel.
@OmegaShen, you said yes just to get your trolling across. PS4 does not support external storage support. Yes you can hook one up to back up your PS4 stuff if you want go upgrade internal but thats it. You cant run anything off em. Using Power from console? What you never heard of a powered USB hard drive? I have a 3tb powered and looks real nice next to my Xbox One. Seems everything runs better off it to, just my observation. That being said when and if PS4 does add external storage support it will one up XB1, because you can upgrade internal and have usb without having to worry about warranty.
@Meli You must not own a PS4, never said it used anything outside a usb flash drive. But you can use a usb flash drive as storage for saves and share videos/screen shots. You can even use MP3 players/usb flash drive to play music through the system.
The fact that Sony allows you to upgrade the HDD is one of its pluses over the other two. I have done it 4 times when I had my PS3's. I upgraded my original 60GB PS3 to 150GB, however with it being a "fat" PS3 the screw that held the HDD was a nightmare to undo. I then upgraded it to 250GB, as I had already done the screw it was a lot easier to do. I bought a 250GB slim and upgraded it to 500GB then 1TB. The slim was a lot easier to do than the fat. And I have upgraded my PS4 from 500GB to 1TB, the PS4 was by far the easiest of the PS's to do. It's really easy to do I would recommend it to everyone.
the other 2 can use an external HDD do you can upgrade that way and easier to do
But External means another box, and wires. No thanks. Internal is much better.
I agree, external is more convenient. Nowadays, external drives have become as small and slim as an empty wallet so they don't really take up that much space next to your system. Not to mention you can easily unplug and put in your pocket to play at a friend's house or something. Instead of dragging your whole gaming system with you. Also, once you get to 10g of space in an internal drive you have to start thinking of buying, installing, and transferring your games. Whereas with external, just plug in the extra drive and you're good to go.
Let not forget the maximum 3 Gbit/s transfer rate with these internal SATA2 harddrives, as opposed to the USB3.0 5Gbit/s transfer rate available to an external drive. Higher performance is more important than aesthetics, to me anyway.
I'd much much much prefer the ability to switch out harddrives in seconds, gonna be important with these huge installs!
To bad your external 3.0 5Gbit platter disc wont even reach any of that transfer ever so there goes your imaginary performance over SATA2
I don't know about the other consoles, but the Wii U wouldn't make use of the USB 2.0 speeds. I have a "LOT" of games on my 2 terrabyte USB 2.0 and haven't noticed it being slow, either.
@dazzrazz - To bad you've no clue what you're talking about. A 7200RPM USB3 external HDD 'platter disk' would even have better performance to the internal SATAII 5400RPM HDDs. Move onto SSDs and the difference can be massive. How hard is it to understand that, using capable hardware, more throughput availability results in more throughput? Please spend a few minutes looking into it and PM to tell me more about this 'imaginary performance', I'd love to look through your benchmarks.
I ll upgrade mine with a 2TB at some point but no rush... I dont think anyone would need more unless going full digital
How do you save your User so that oyu can put it on the new HDD.
Your user is saved on sony's servers.
...which are located in N. Korea now. :p
That was actually pretty funny.
I have two PS4's in the house and two Xbox One's and one Wii U. The Wi U has an external 1TB plugged into it, that we install our games to. For one of my PS4's I bought a 2TB external 2.5", opened it up and installed it into my PS4 and it works a charm. I have masses of space now on that PS4. It has worked flawlessly since installed. It should be good for space for years and years. The other PS4 has a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive that I installed and that is quicker for access to games installed on the HDD. It has been flawless as well. I hope that they bring out a 2TB 2.5" version. With one of my Xbox One's I have an external 4TB configured to work with it so I am set for space on the Xbox one to, the other was the 1TB call of Duty collectors edition console. I haven't added an external to that one yet. The 1TB of space should be good for awhile.
Nice. :) Some good gaming to be had right there.
if I was to buy a hardive for my PS4, is there a way to back up onto medium, my digital games I downloaded? Those must be close to a 100 Gigs and I definately aint up for redownloading
No you cant, you will have to redownload to new hard drive.
Xbox One has plug in play whatever size you want, PS4 does not. Of course this being N4G, you will have people try and convince everyone that the PS4's is more convenient, when it isn't. You have to remove the internal drive from the PS4 making the drive you just replaced useless, and you can only one at a time for games. You can stack drives on the X1 giving you pretty much unlimited storage. The hard drive options on X1 are better in every way.
Whole I agree with you, it's worth to note that the Wii U handles external HDD's exactly the same as Xbox One, and has done so since it launched 2 years ago.
I just bought a 4TB external hard drive for my PC because of my rather large collection of HD porn. I was running out of space to install my ever-growing PC game collection (you have love those ridiculous GOG, Humble Bundle, and Steam sales). I'll likely buy another one for my Xbox One, because I have the feeling I'm going to be buying a hell of a lot of downloadable games this generation. I really like that the option exists. The limited hard drive space scared me a bit at the beginning of this new generation.
for this gen around 30 AAA games and 7 small games would be enough for me.Would a 1.5 TB HDD be enough?
With the Xbox one, you should be okay with that and the internal storage. I can't speak for the other two systems, though. I own a Wii U, but I've been mostly buying physical discs that don't need to be installed. Worst case, you can uninstall any physical games you own once you're sure you're done playing them. I'm also pretty sure that once you've bought a digital game, you can install and uninstall it as much as you want without having to buy it again. I've never done this myself, though, so you might want to make sure.
With the Wii U, you'd be fine. I probably have about 60 games on it, and probably 20+ are AAA ... and I don't think I'm much past 300 Gb.
We should all praise Microsoft for letting us have two hard disks (one internal stock drive, and other external hdd) on your console. You can plug in your external hdd, archive your 'older' games to it, unplug it and plug it back in when you feel like playing those games again without having to download them again, freeing up your internal hdd space for new games. How awesome is that? That's just one way of using your usb hdd. It's great option. I have 1Tb external HDD but still have 100gigs free on my X1..
Actually the Xbox One allows support for two external HDD's being plugged in at the same time along side the internal HDD for physical games, so that's three drives if one wants it. Pretty damn good... I hope that Sony allow the PS4 to do the same thing some time soon (for at least one external) regardless of them allowing internal HDD swaps.
Wow. Did not know that, tnx:)
We should praise Nintendo first, then... because they did all if that first with the Wii U.
Nitendo did it first in so much ways ;) they will always be in my heart even tough I don't own a Nitendo console since 90s.
OK, so, judging by the article, you can connect an external HDD to the Wii U, the xbox1, and I know for a fact you can do that on the PS3 since I do it, but not on the PS4? Sony really need to remedy that or I predict they won't stay ahead of the competition for long. Unbelievable that a company has the nerve to release a console that's a complete downgrade in almost every way compared to the previous system. I'm staying with my PS3.
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