So it’s happened for many of you (not all of you) but the PlayStation 4 has hit the shelves and passed into your greedy little game playing hands. Congratulations, the moment you have waited for is here. You PlayStation is here and we thank you for taking the time out of your busy Killzone (or Battlefield 4 or Assassin’s Creed IV) completionist mission to read this. Welcome back to the world of the living, glad you made it solider. But you maybe have a problem. Are you playing and thinking this 500 GB worth of HDD is just not going to be enough. It’s just not enough. Good news, you’re not the first person who thought that.
The standard size hard drive is definitely an upgrade from the days of yore when 250 GB was more than sufficient but it’s a whole new digital world out there and you, player could be looking at quite a bit of digital downloads in your future. With games getting massive in size (I’m looking at you GTA V) that 500 GB isn’t quite the expansive wonderland of space that it once could have been.
Not to mention that games on the PS4 must be to some extent cached on the system to play so there’s a little bit of data added at a time too. Combine a penchant for instant gratification from the digital marketplace with having to download sectors of disc based games and you could find yourself running out of space quite quickly.
What to Get
First off make sure that any hard drive you’re looking at is a 2.5” SATA II. If what you just read is Greek to you, you should stop here because this is beyond you. Don’t think just because you can follow some directions that this is a task for you. Just because you can screw pieces together doesn’t mean you know how they work. It’s fairly easy to install but still, it’s important to have a strong starter. Still with me? Good, let’s continue.
How big can you go? Well that depends on what you’re going to be doing. Doubling to a 1TB gives you lots of options with various price ranges. But remember, just because something is a good deal doesn’t mean that it meets up with your needs. Don’t skimp on this since it will bite if this thing fails on you because you didn’t want to spend an extra 20 bucks.
You can go as far as 2TB if you’re feeling pretty dangerous. But the shopping rules are still the same.
What you want to look for are hard drives made from solid and reliable parts from a reliable company. A refurbished piece of equipment may be alright but for the amount of use that your system is going to put it through for the next possibly eight years, you may want to think about starting out fresh.
Really there’s no way to point out the perfect option for you as parts vary from year to year even month to month. Prices can range for a 1TB from as low as $45 from some retailers to as high as around $120.
2TB drives a bit more expensive and can go up as far as $270. But considering how large these games can get and how likely it is that you’ll have this system for quite some time, it may be worth it to go big.
Now or Wait?
The question is whether to do it now or to wait until later. Well you’ll have a lot less to move if you upgrade your system now rather than waiting until a few months are years down the line. Moving is a lot easier if you’ve backed up your downloads in the PlayStation Plus cloud then you’ve got less work to do there on the backend.
But with all the great games that are coming out digitally, it might be prudent to think about making the move just in case. After all, you don’t want to miss out on anything because you ran out of space.
So player, are you going to be upgrading your hard drive? Do you think the 500 GB will be enough? Are you waiting to do later or jumping on the upgrade bandwagon right now?
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 12/16/2013