Solid State Drives For Your Playstation 4, Now With Stats And Deals

Solid State Drives For Your Playstation 4, Now With Stats And Deals

Greatness awaits, and we recently recommended upgrading your brand new Playstation 4 with a solid state or hybrid drive so you don't keep that greatness waiting. We were fairly certain there would be noticeable improvements to loading times, and it turns out we actually underestimated the benefits. Yesterday Kotaku shared with you a video from Tested comparing the boot and load time differences between the three types of drives, and we'd also like to point you to this great breakdown from the fine folks at IGN that puts the numbers side by side.

To sum up IGN's findings, the Hybrid Drive is the best bang for your buck, the SSD is the fastest, and both options show "notable gains" over the stock drive. The Hybrid drive is also a very inexpensive way to bump your storage up to 1TB.

Coincidentally, the 1TB model of the Samsung 840 EVO we recommend is sitting at its lowest price ever today. Our recommendations are below and remain the same.


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Upgrade Your Playstation 4 (Or 3) With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade Your Playstation 4 (Or 3) With A Solid State Drive

The bad news is that the Playstation 4 does not support external hard drives. The good news is that, like with the PS3, the internal hard drive is easily user-upgradeable. The really good news is that, like with the PS3, you can throw a solid state drive inside your Playstation 4.

As console gamers, we don't get many chances to upgrade our own hardware, which stings even more when we get robbed blind paying for proprietary Playstation Vita Memory Cards or Xbox 360 Hard Drives. We of course don't have hard numbers on what kind of performance increase we'll see by putting an SSD inside a PS4, but logic dictates that it can only help given the huge installs games are going to have, along with the quieter, cooler, more reliable performance only an SSD can provide.

Recommending a solid state drive is easy, because Samsung's only real competition is Samsung. You're choosing between the 840 Pro Series and the 840 EVO series, and while the Pro does beat out the EVO in some specs at some capacities, for the Playstation 4 I'm going to stick with the EVO and save some money. I did however spring for the 256GB 840 Pro for the rig I'm building. Update: Thanks to several commenters who pointed out the minimum HDD size for the PS4 is 160GB, so the 120GB EVO is not an option.

If you want to spend as little money as possible, but are certain you really want 1TB of storage on your next Sony console, grab the 1TB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Drive for just a little over 100 bucks. SSD-like performance on a budget.


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