Speed Up Your PlayStation 4 With This Upgrade

With Sony giving you the ability to swap out the default stock hard disk drive (HDD), there is a chance gamers will be able to enhance their PlayStation 4 experience and give your new console even more of a speed boost.

Thankfully Tested have done all the ground work for us (video below). It is clearly shown what it means to swap out your PlayStation 4’s 500GB HDD and replace it with either an solid state drive (SSD) or a hybrid HDD (which offers a middle ground between the two, storage and speed).

In short, the hybrid drive is the best viable upgrade for gamers wishing to shave off a few seconds of boot time and game launches. SSDs are still costly for most of us, and many affordable options offer very limited storage that come with much less than the stock 500GB HDD that is bundled with the console. However, a 1-2TB hybrid drive is looking to be a worthy upgrade if this video demo is anything to go by.

Whether you want to upgrade your PlayStation 4’s HDD as soon as you receive at launch is up to you. For me I would wait and see if you feel the console does need its load times speeding up. Also the longer you wait to upgrade, the larger and cheaper SSD and hybrid HDD will be able to afford. With some game installs requiring on average 6-8GB to install, some as high as 43GB! (NBA 2K14), that stock hard drive is going to fill up pretty fast. So considering a HDD replacement now, or in the future, may be on the cards sooner than you think.

Let us know if you’d consider upgrading your PlayStation 4’s HDD in the comments.

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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