E3 2013: PlayStation 4 Removable Storage is a Thing

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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When Microsoft announced that the Xbox One was going to have a 500 GB, non-removable hard drive, all eyes were on Sony to see if they’d match. Sony confirmed today that the PlayStation 4 will work much like the PlayStation 3: although the system comes standard with a 500 GB hard drive, it will work be user replaceable with any SATA compatible hard drive. So if you want to trick out your new console with a state-of-the-art solid state drive, Sony will not be complaining. Given the rapidly decreasing price of data storage, there will probably be few, if any complaints to the policy, even as Sony looks to Gaikai to start their cloud revolution.

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Daniel is a third year business student from Texas who got his start in JRPGs with Final Fantasy 8 and has loved them ever since. His three biggest passions are video games, technology and baseball, with anime being a growing fourth. He occasionally Let's Plays on the side as a hobby.

  • Johnson Cameron

    It is exactly like the PS3 in every way now. I can only hope removable storage is a bit easier to do, on the PS4 than it was on the PS3. Looks like i will be buying myself 1tb WD Blue Sata and i will be ready to go for the next 6 years lol.

    • Ryan Littlefield

      Removable storage was a cinch to do on the PS3 – unscrewed 2 screws from the bottom of the unit and slide out the tray with the HDD – unscrew those and swap, re-install. Unless screwing screws is hard.

    • Johnson Cameron

      Granted it was, but you have to admit, when you have the fat PS3 it can be a bit hard to move around. Other than that, you are right about one thing. It is extremely easy to do with just using screws, and knowing where which side the HDD needed to be. Then you put it in your PS3, and you are ready to go. My hope is it is just unscrewing 2 screws, popping the HDD drive out, and then sliding it back in lol.

    • Ryan Littlefield

      To be fair, I was talking about the Slim, which I assumed is what most people had. I guess from what I’ve seen I’d have to agree that the Fat was a bit clunky and ambiguous when it came to figuring out where the enclosure was. Touche.

  • formerroadie

    Thank you Sony…. You have made gamers the world over very very happy.