The PlayStation 4 will finally support external hard drives for storing games

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One of the biggest problems I’ve had with the PlayStation 4 is the lack of sport for external Hard Drives. The Xbox One and even the Wii U let you plug in an external USB HDD, and let you use that to store and run your games. Not the PlayStation 4 – but that’s changing.

As part of Firmware 4.5, you’ll finally be able to plug in an external and use it to store your games.

Says Sony:

It’s easy to upgrade the HDD that came with your PS4, but if you’re still looking for more storage space on the console, we’ve got you covered. With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.

This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.

Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.

The update doesn’t seem to add too much else. There’s support for custom Wallpapers, 3D Blu-ray support for PlayStation VR headsets, a change to the quick menu and a simplified notification list. The big deal with 4.50 is finally, the ability to use external hard drives.

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The update starts going out to beta participants today.


Last Updated: February 3, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • PurplePariah


    • That’s matty’s job…Matty. Matt. *cries*

      • PurplePariah

        Too soon. 🙁

        • Hammersteyn

          Why did he have to announce it today. Weekend is ruined now

          • PurplePariah

            To be fair, Good Bad & Ugly has been his weekly thing for ages now, and the main place he’s used to talk to us about stuff. Like when the format of it changed to a list. So it’s the most expected place for him to let us know.

            Still sad though.

          • Original Heretic

            He’d better make an appearance to leave us some comments from time to time…

          • Agreed. Damn all his pora power!

      • Original Heretic

        Jeez, I’m feeling even sadder now…

      • VampyreSquirrel


      • Hammersteyn
        • Original Heretic

          No, sorry, I’m not feeling this one. I cannot be touched by a Dawson.

          • Hammersteyn

            True, but his face has been used in many a header

          • Original Heretic

            I’d like to give him a header. A foreheader on the nose.

  • Original Heretic

    About bloody time they’re allowing this.

    I’ve had to do some innovative HDD space juggling when a big game install comes along.

    • Hammersteyn

      Same here. I have an uncapped line but having to download over and over is irritating

  • Dutch Matrix

    Good! Now I can pin Stacey to my wall. Then cringe as the wife takes one look at my screen and moans: “Oh no. Not Squirrel face again…”

    • Hammersteyn

      Apparently Stacey’s mom has got it going on

  • Hammersteyn

    YAS! No more deleting Destiny!

    • Jonah Cash

      Hahahahaha! I am contemplating exactly that now. Think I have had more than enough of Destiny to last me a lifetime. Will from now on be one update behind everyone.

  • about bloody time

  • Oh god…. now I’ll be able to stare at even more games I have no time to play :'(

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