Instantly Upgradeable: Swap Your PS4 Hard Drive for a SSD

Want a better, faster hard drive for your PS4? The PS4 is easily user-upgradeable at launch.

One of the best things about the PS3, in my humble opinion, is the ability to swap the hard drives. As a member of the PC master race, I'm used to my gaming equipment being easily interchangeable and upgradeable. The PS4 will continue this reputation of adaptability by allowing users to easily swap the internal hard drive. 

Okay, bad news first. The PS4 does not support external hard drives. However, if the system is as easy as it was to change a PS3 hard drive, then that shouldn't be a huge deal. 

There are definitely positives to this news. If you're beholden to a console for ten years, it's great if you can upgrade the hardware when the time comes. It increases the longevity of the device, and can allow you to make slight changes to the way your PS4 runs. 

For example, if you're a fan of the way an SSD (Solid State Drive) runs, you can swap out your PS4 HDD for an SSD. With some games, like Call of Duty: Ghosts, having 40GB downloads, the hope is that an SSD will speed along boot up and download times. However, as of yet, there are no hard numbers on whether an SSD will help with those.

Will you upgrade your PS4 at release? 

Published Nov. 7th 2013
  • Contrafab
    Thanks Veri for the link I just saw that they have a firmware update guide too -
  • Verigamer
    Hey guys I found a website that has a good guide on how to upgrade the hard drive. also if you are looking for a guide on the hard drive specs they have one on there too.
  • Poetic Stanziel
    Featured Contributor
    Why no links to websites that do show how to upgrade?

    The blurbs here suggest we can upgrade a PS4, while the body of the article only guesses that we can.

    Maybe something a little more solid next time.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    The initial image in the post is a picture of what appears to be a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive. To upgrade, remove that hard drive and replace with a different hard drive.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    Are there any restrictions when it comes to the upgrades, or will gamers be able to put whichever SSD they want into the PS4?
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    One of Sony's selling points for the PS3, and conversely the PS4, has been that the harddrive is not proprietary. So I believe as long as it is over the 160GB minimum for the system, it should be fine.

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