We have some excellent news for long-suffering Playstation 4 owners who have to juggle their game library by installing and uninstalling their titles. Sony will soon be adding external hard drive support to their console.
It’s welcome news considering today’s games usually have 50-gig installation requirements, and updates on top of that that can take up gigs more — and this is if you’re using the disc version! Up to this point, the only way to increase the storage space size in a PS4 was to install a new hard drive into the system itself. Installation is a simple process, but re-updating the firmware and re-downloading all that you had on your account is time-consuming. Now gamers have an Option B, and it costs less than $100 at any Target.
“With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console,” Sony announced on their blog this morning. “Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.”
The PS4 will support external hard drives up to 8 TB in size. You can get this update now if you’re enrolled in the beta program, and it will be included as part of a system update for all PS4 owners in the coming weeks.