Are you tired of deleting games from your PS4 library? Then it may be time to upgrade your hard drive.
Some games – we’re looking at you, Call of Duty and Marvel’s Avengers – require around 100GB of hard drive space. With only 500GB of storage on the standard PS4, PS4 Slim and 1TB on PS4 Pro, it doesn’t take long before you quickly run out of room. Even beyond providing additional space, you could get a minor speed bump with a faster hard disk or a significant speed improvement if you slot a super-quick SSD into your console.
If those benefits appeal to you, Black Friday 2021 and Cyber Monday could be the perfect opportunity to pick up a new hard drive for a good price as you often see discounts you might not get through the rest of the year. If you’ve recently upgraded to a PS5, or you’re thinking about trying to get a PS5 bundle, Black Friday could also be the time to think ahead and pick up a PS5-compatible external hard drive.
There are two ways to expand your hard drive capacity on PS4: replace the internal drive or attach an external hard drive. They’re both valid options, but fitting a new internal drive is undeniably a cleaner option.
This guide will show you how to upgrade the hard drive in your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro – and no matter what drive you’re slotting inside your machine, it won’t void your warranty.
Along with this detailed guide, we’ve also produced a video that will show you everything you need to know about upgrading your PS4’s hard drive.
If you need more information, check our picks of the best external hard drives available. And here’s our guide to the pros and cons of using an SSD inside your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro.
Before taking your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro apart you need to have a replacement drive ready – which means doing a bit of research. We’ve done the numbers to find out which drive is the best option, whether you’re looking for an all-round option, a budget product or a super-fast SSD.
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB
If you want the best hard drive option for your PS4 right now, then you should seek out an SSHD. These drives combine platter-based storage with smaller, faster portions of flash memory, and they learn which files you use frequently and move them to the faster flash storage – so they can be loaded faster. If you play the same games frequently, you’ll see a performance improvement.