Let me begin this by saying I’m primarily a PC gamer. I never saw the appeal in console gaming and I don’t think there will ever come a time where I will pick a console over a PC for this purpose. But, considering how many jaw-dropping games are console exclusive these days, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore them.
Then, you consider the fact that a Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) can now be yours for just over RM1,000 and my resistance is at an all time low. That said, my biggest concern with console gaming was regarding storage — after all, it’s not like a PC where you can just stick in an external drive via a USB port and you immediately get access to a whole bunch more storage.
Or is it?
OK, I will admit that I am a complete noob when it comes to console gaming, so if you’re a console veteran and already know all the ins and outs, this quick tip isn’t for you. But, I figured that if I’m in a situation like this (PC gamer, interested in getting into consoles because they’re so affordable now, but knows nothing about them), odds are there are others in this situation too. This is quick tip is for them.
Now that I’m done with the disclaimer, let’s get into what I think is the easiest way to increase storage on your PS4. I’ve seen plenty of guides on the internet that involve removing the PS4’s case and swapping out the internal drive with a larger one or a faster one, but when I’m dealing with a console, I want it to be as “for dummies” as possible.
That’s when I stumbled upon the PS4’s relatively new feature that allows users to just hook up an external drive to their PlayStation and format it to allow users to play games directly off the drive. I was honestly a little skeptical at first because I didn’t know how that would affect performance.
But at the same time, I wasn’t ready to drop RM1,000 on a brand new PS4 just to test it out. So I put on my most charming facade and convinced my boss to get a PS4 for the office so I could test it out. Cunning, right?
As it turns out, it wasn’t as simple as sticking it in one of the PS4’s USB ports, but it was still super simple that even the most novice gamer will be able to do so if you follow these step-by-step instructions.