PlayStation 4 Will Not Support Extrernal Hard Disk Drives

Sony’s recently released PlayStation 4 FAQ has uncovered a number of unknowns with its upcoming system and services. One limitation of note is that the next-generation console will not support external hard disk drives.

Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on PS4?

No, this feature is not supported on PS4.

For those that expect the 500GB internal drive to be plentiful, with most PS4 disc-based titles requiring cached data installs and downloadable digital titles becoming more mainstream, add to that Sony’s Instant Game Collection each month, that plentiful hard drive will fill up pretty rapidly over time.

The PlayStation 4 will support larger internal hard drives, just as long as the new drive supports a few key features:

What type of hard drive does PS4 use?

PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive. Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB.

With 1 and 2 TB drives becoming fairly cheap, if not much cheaper by the time games will need to install them, Sony seems to have your back covered when the time comes to upgrade your internal storage. However a simple plug-in solution to an external drive would have been a much more widely accepted solution, no doubt.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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