Analyzing the Need of an External Hard Drive for Your PS4

Analyzing the Need of an External Hard Drive for Your PS4

In the recent years, the increased graphics, multiple modes, and additional downloadable contents have made most of the games large in size. While the gaming consoles are getting advanced compared to previous versions, the game developers are also reciprocating the feelings with better graphics, additional levels, and added options to engage the gamers. Though PS4 was a highly successful gaming console, it sometimes fails to address the need of customers in terms of storage requirements.


You should note that “Dishonored 2” released last year came with almost 38GB file size. Similarly, “Fallout 4” is weighing at around 28GB and “FIFA 17” came with nearly 41GB file size. Also, “Battlefield 1” stands at 45.5GB, “Dishonored 2” at 37.68GB, and “Grand Theft Auto V” at a file size of 44.87GB. Due to the increasing file size of latest editions of successful franchisees, the storage has become a real concern for most of the passionate gamers. If you are a great gamer and worrying about the storage, the external hard drive option would help you.


External Hard Drive for PS4


The update of PS4 that released in February this year added the option of an external HDD (e.g. to complement the PS4 Slim HDD) to the console. With the added functionality, the users can plug a USB 3.0 type HDD into their PS4 to get an expanded space. The gamers can choose HDDs up to a capacity of 8TB. They can download games, store it in their external hard drive, and launch it in the Content Launcher of their Home screen. It should be noted that the internal storage of the PS4 comes either with 500 GB or 1 TB versions, and the added feature is a significant addition to the requirement of storage.

Check Your Storage Needs


If you are not a regular gamer or do not choose too many games, you may not require an expanded storage. However, your PS4 could be used by other members of your family as well. They may have different gaming requirements than you. Always analyze the storage requirements in a broader perspective and go for the conclusion. If more than 80% of your storage space already used up, and you don’t have any files to delete to clear up space, then you are in critical need of storage space. If you are using a 500GB PS4 version, you actually get only 407GB for games. The remaining, 93GB, is occupied by the OS.


Put an Eye on the Future Needs


While you are analyzing the need for an external hard drive, you should also consider the future requirements. Most of the upcoming games from successful franchisees are coming with massive storage needs. For example, the PS4 version of “FIFA 18” is expected to come with more than 40GB per the official information. The demo version of the game itself eating 7.3GB of space. You should also be aware of the future updates of the OS, additional downloadable contents of games, updates for the games, special events, and more.




Your analysis should be comprehensive enough to address both current and future needs. It will also help you to decide the capacity of the external hard drive with respect to your requirements.