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Gift Guide: PlayStation 4-Compatible Hard Drives to Grab Up This Holiday Season

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A PlayStation 4 is a thrilling gift to receive at any time of the year. Sony's console has some amazing exclusive titles like The Last of Us: Remastered, Bloodborne, Ratchet and Clank, the Uncharted series and more.

Out of the box, the PS4 Slim has a 500GB Hard Disk Drive. Not bad, but with the average game needing about 40GB per install, you could run out of storage space real quick. Then there’s the DLC and patches, of course. A game like GTA V initially needs around 40GB of space, but with all the updates it ends up being around 60GB.  

And you want the gamers on your shopping list to be happy, right? Well, a simple hard drive upgrade can go a long way. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but when you start the storage-space-shuffle, you’ll find out that doubling -- or even quadrupling -- that space can provide some much-needed relief.

One of the great things about the Playstation 4 is that changing the HDD is pretty easy. PC enthusiasts will be right at home, and for the person who isn’t tech-savvy there are a ton of tutorials online.

Any internal hard drive with a 2.5” form factor is a good candidate. The only restriction is that the thickness must be 9mm -- max. With those dimensions, you’re limited to 2TB hard drives as your largest storage device. Then you’ve got to decide on if you want a standard hard disk drive (with the moving parts), a solid state drive (same stuff as a USB stick) or a hybrid of the two. Solid state hard drives are usually higher in price, but faster and less susceptible to errors.

Luckily for you, I’ve shopped around to find six hard drive options that could make great gifts for the PS4 owner in your life.

Note: This guide will showcase hard drives with SATA III technology because while the Playstation 4 uses SATA II technology, the PS4 Pro uses SATA III and SATA III is backward compatible with other PlayStation 4 models. 

Published Nov. 12th 2016

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