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How to Swap In / Upgrade a PS4 HDD on the PlayStation 4 Detailed

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61w ago - Today German site [Register or Login to view links] have shared preliminary details and pictures on how to swap in / upgrade a PS4 HDD on the PlayStation 4 video game console.

To quote: "German tech site Computer Bild has gotten their hands on a PlayStation 4 console and show us all how to open it up to swap out the HDD via a few pictures.

It seems like a simple enough process and there is also a fancy, customized PlayStation screw that has the Square, X, Circle, and Triangle symbols we all know and love. The HDD is under the piano black plastic and it seemingly pops right off to allow users access to the internal workings of the PS4.

This is great news for PlayStation fans everywhere, since one of the best things about owning a PlayStation 3 is the ability to swap out hard drives for bigger ones. Considering the amount of digital content PlayStation Plus subscribers are in for, this has always been a godsend.

Sony recognized that this ability would give gamers even more options to customize their PlayStations according to the storage sizes they needed, and so they've aptly and, let's be honest, graciously added in this feature for the PS4. However, it's truly no surprise that this feature had made it on to the next-generation.

It wouldn't bode over well with the fanbase if they are able to upgrade the HDD on PS3 and have the privilege to do so taken away on the PS4. Not to mention it remained easily accessible as it did on the original PS3. To access the HDD on that one, all you had to do was pop open a small compartment, take out the screw, and access was granted; swap to your heart's desire."

Finally, in related news below are another few videos detailing How to Connect a PlayStation 4 Controller to a PS3, as follows:

Update: Below are some dedicated PS4 HDD / SSD Upgrade Kits (via [Register or Login to view links]) with up to 1.5 TB which claim to be 25% faster loading with SSD, to quote as follows:

"Woodstock-based hardware retailer Other World Computing released four upgrade kits dedicated to the PS4, offering four different ways to upgrade the stock 500 GB HDD coming with Sony's New Console.

The options offered include a 1 TB HDD/SDD hybrid drive (eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SPS4H5Y1.0/) or a 1.5 TB HDD (eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SPS4H5H1.5/) if you want more space to download more content. Alternatively, if you prefer speed you can choose between a 240 GB SSD (eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SPS4SSD240/ - (which could definitely prove a little a little tight) and a more reasonable 480 GB SDD (eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SPS4SSD480/).

Why would you want to actually reduce the space available in your PS4′s disk? According to the retailer the SDD options offer 25% faster load, saving and booting times. Faster times are also promised for the 1TB HDD/SDD hybrid, but the actual gain isn't specified. Your mileage may vary on whether faster loading speed is worth the trade off or not.

Together with the selected HD the bundle also include the following items:

  • OWC USB 3.0 Express 2.5″ SATA Drive Enclosure, Black
  • OWC USB 2.0 Flash Drive for PlayStation 4 download
  • #1 Phillips screwdriver
  • Up to 3-Year Replacement Warranty
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 (mini-B type) connecting cable
  • Carrying sleeve
  • OWC USB 3.0 Express Enclosure Installation Guide
  • Instruction Guide for Drive Upgrade for PS4

Prices are as follows:

  • 1 TB HDD/SDD hybrid drive: $99.99
  • 1.5 TB HDD:$149.99
  • 240 GB SSD: $219
  • 480 GB SDD $399

Considering that I've seen the same drives sold by themselves for similar or higher prices by other retailers, this deal definitely seems a sweet one if you want to upgrade your new PS4, even if I'm not sure the 240 GB option can really be considered workable, SSD or not."

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#14 - Neo Cyrus - 58w ago
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Yes it'll fit in a PS3 as well.

#13 - lionsfan420 - 58w ago
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will this fit in a ps3?

#12 - Neo Cyrus - 58w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by elviscrid View Post
Wonder how long it'll be before someone releases a customised cable that will plug into the internal hdd connector and extend to the outside of the case, allowing hdd's of all shapes and sizes to be fitted! (If someone makes it, can I have some money please! )

Those have been available since the dawn of SATA. A single extender cable that has both the main SATA cable and power cable. The PS4 doesn't support external HDDs?

#11 - SwordOfWar - 58w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post
do you think you could get a 15mm 2tb in there or only 9mm? cheers

The PS4 FAQ states no bigger than 9.5mm in height, so this HDD is good news.

#10 - SwordOfWar - 58w ago
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I'd like to know when this will be available for purchase and the price.

I went with one of those external connectors lastgen but due to the location of the HDD in the new PS4 it doesn't look like it would look too pretty having a cable run out of the top of the unit, and would probably require a custom coverplate to allow the cable to pass through.

I'm also curious if having the empty space where the HDD is suppose to be would disrupt the intended design of airflow to the components, increasing the risk of overheating.

The other thing is the PS4 FAQ does not mention any capacity limitation, however we all know drivers with more than 1TB of storage wouldn't recognize on the PS3, so i'd like to know if there is a limitation on the PS4 as well.


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