We also picked out the WD Blue WD10SPCX, another 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, but this one is just 7mm thick. Please let us know in the comments below! At 9.5mm in depth, it nears the physical limit of the PS4 HDD caddy but delivers a hefty 2TB upgrade for £120. Meanwhile solid-state drives may have the speeds in the beginning, but as they utilisation continues periodically and the drives get full, the performance significantly starts degrading. This WD drive is now around the £50 mark, making it the more affordable alternative for the Seagate.
If you’ve not got the right shiny TV for the PS4 Pro, there are still two great consoles to consider in 2016 – the PS4 Slim and the original PS4. However, loading times are more often than not worse than the console’s stock drive – one egregious case being the 114 second wait to load Battlefield 1’s first mission, compared to the stock’s 109 seconds. Talking about data, if your mechanical hard drive is starting to fail, you can still backup to another drive even while it’s having a couple of bad sectors here and there. You can use SSD drives as well, but for anything above a PS4-matching 500GB you’re looking at spending some serious dollah. Sony’s first PS4 iteration is still very much lurking about and is appealingly cheap, but you’ve also got to consider the new curves of the PS4 Slim.
To pick another, loading a save in Skyrim – to Helgen village – takes 31 seconds on Samsung’s 2TB drive rather than 27 seconds on PS4’s stock. However, in the case of solid-state drives, it will usually die instantly without any red flags. Choosing the drive is the relatively straightforward part of the upgrade process. Before you buy, there’s plenty to contemplate. In other words, it has space but not necessarily the speed we’re after.
Apart from that, in terms of pricing, the mechanical hard drive is way more cheaper compared to a solid-state drive. Next, comes actually preparing your PS4 for its little op. But we’re going to make your life easier by seeing how the original PS4 shapes up against its new, thinner, little brother. Even factoring in a margin of error, where repeat tests can show a variance, the value of Samsung’s 2TB HDD solution isn’t a wholly satisfying one. Generally speaking, conventional hard drives have the capacities while solid state drives have the speed and responsiveness.
You’ll need to back up your saved game files before you start tinkering with the internal hard drive. Don’t forget to check out our PS4 Slim vs PS4 Pro feature too, to find out whether it’s worth waiting until November to splash out on a new console. Roll in the Firecuda 2TB at a similar price-point, and things start to get interesting. Bottom of the line? That’s because once you install the new drive, you’ll need to start from scratch.
The official pricing for the PS4 Slim sees the new standard console costing £259. We used Battlefield 1 as a case study for the Firecuda’s properties, kicking off with a launch PlayStation 4 model. You gotta pick one based on your usage and in most cases, we have both. There are two ways of backing up your save files, along with any other content you want to keep, such as video clips and screenshots. You can now get the original PS4 for around £249.99 including a game, so if you’re wanting an absolute bargain go for it.
It’s a game with some notoriously long load times on PS4’s stock drive, where the first campaign mission can take almost two minutes to get going. Seagate’s new line of hybrid drives, known as the FireCuda, promises to solve all the wrongs of past hybrid drives. The easiest option might be one you’ve already chosen. However, there have been some excellent deals of late, with retailers offering the console for just £150 with a game, or £170 with 1TB hard drive and a game. Impressively, an SSD brings that down to a mere 47.7 seconds, though on its first load, the Firecuda offers no loading time gains even close to that mark.
These mish-mashes of mechanical and SSD drives are meant to deliver SSD performance at HDD prices. PlayStation Plus members can upload save files to the cloud, meaning you can download them right away when you boot up your upgraded hard drive. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and keep checking on Digital Spy because we’ll be keeping you posted for any new deals we spot. At 112.8 seconds it’s actually a backwards step – but the twist? The problem is that in the past they’ve failed, which is why we rarely see them.
Some of you will have this set up to happen automatically when your PS4 is in rest mode, meaning you can skip this step altogether. The biggest difference between the PS4 and PS4 Slim isn’t the specs. The more we repeat the loading procedure (always restarting the application from scratch), the faster the Firecuda becomes. However, the FireCuda apparently uses new tech to get around these issues. You can check that by heading to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage.
The Slim will launch with the same internal specs as the original PS4, just with some design tweaks. Five tests, five increasingly improved results. We received a 2TB version of the FireCuda, which comes in the 3.5-inch form factor most mechanical hard drives use. If any of your games listed in this section as a PlayStation Plus user say “Off”, their respective save games won’t have been uploaded to the cloud. As a reminder, the original PS4 specs are as follows:1.6GHz eight-core processor, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM at 176 GB/s, 500GB hard drive and 1.84 teraflop AMD Radeon GPU at 800MHz.