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Published November 20, 2018

Playstation 4 has come far in the 5 years that it has been out and sold in stores, it has become one of the biggest game products in the nation; its safe to assume that it has surpassed the PS3. Although the PS4 has become known as gaming perfection, it has, without a doubt, a flaw in its design which may or may not be an issue to gamers.

Incidentally, the PS4 comes with the biggest storage drive in the gaming realm and it is far bigger than the PS3s ever were. 1 TB or terabyte is a lot of space on a hard drive for a medium-sized gaming console, but the true power of the hard drive lies in its storage ability.

Many of you, myself included, has made the decision to have all of their PS4 games downloaded to your PS4s and while that is totally optional per gamer, it has become somewhat of a trend; a trend many gamers are 100% supportive of if they have children and pets.

However, what happens when all you want to do is keep your games on the hard drive, but don’t have enough space; there is a solution which I will discuss in this post.

PS4 1 TB hard drive

As many gamers know, every standard issue PS4 comes with a 1 TB hard drive which can be seen as more than enough space if you don’t care about how many game you have downloaded on your hard drive along with game saves. Of course, the downside to the 1 TB hard drive is that the space doesn’t seem to be enough for gamers.

With each game that comes out, the hard drive space on the hard drive gets smaller and smaller; the games’ save data grows bigger and bigger. While this isn’t a problem by no means, it can mean that you’ll find yourself downloading games to your PS4 less because of the Megabyte it consumes.

At present, most PS4s have a little under 900 MB per ‘preferential use’ (for lack of a better term) after all the out of box downloads get done. This might come off as a lot of space if many of the games out now don’t really appeal to you or even if they do but you hardly ever play.

PS4 External Hard Drive Upgrade 2tb might be a little pricey but a necessary evil if you’re going to continue to download your games onto your PS4; I encourage you to actually.

Why you need to upgrade

You might be thinking that ‘I don’t think I’ll need to upgrade to a 2tb’ or ‘I’ll just get another PS4 to house more games’. Although these are valid assumptions, it is been made painfully clear that with the games you buy you’re going to need more space especially if you have no plans to buy anymore disk games.

One of the biggest reasons to upgrade to a 2tb is because more space is better, it goes without saying that spending money on an external hard drive upgrade is a lot cheaper than buying a whole PS4 especially if the one you have is still technically new.

Games out these days like Red Dead Redemption 2 consumes so much space where it might become necessary to upgrade especially if you’re going to get the DLC (Downloaded Content) which consumes even more space on the PS4 hard drive.

You might not think you have to upgrade your hard drive but if you’re going to play games like Final Fantasy XV then you’ll be happy to have the upgrade.

How much is too much

Is there such a thing as too much space or does the rule not apply when you’re trying to get and download every game you can think of that you want on your PS4; that was me once upon a time, but I usually tell myself ‘one or two now then the rest later’.

There is no such thing as too much space when you’re upgrading because since when has any game you buy, download and save on your PS4 consumes little to no space; if we’re being honest here, it can be theorized that 2tb might not be enough for gamers especially those that play online.

In my opinion, the PS4 games that you’re buying and downloading are going to last you a lifetime so it is worth investing in a little more space on your PS4; the extra hard drive storage space is going to be a welcome addition to the console in that you won’t have to work harder than you have to in order to get your games backed up on your PS4.

Personally, I’ve heard gamers upgrade to a 4 and/or 8tb external hard drive because they have many games on their PS4 which has begun to weigh heavily on the storage on their console.

Take time to consider this

Installing a new external hard drive within the PS4 is the one thing that most of you probably know how to do but when is it really a good time to change out the hard drive within the PS4, you’re down to no space left, when you need that extra 300 MB for a game or even when you’re just buying it and think it is a good idea to do early on.

Whatever the case, if you’re going to change out the PS4 hard drive then just know that you are going to have to open up your PS4 in order to make the change. Before I go on, its worth noting that if you’re not feeling so confident about doing it alone or fearful that you might mess up something then I suggest getting the procedure done at the place you bought it.

To some, changing over the hard drive is easy and for many of you, it may be the hardest thing that you’ve ever done or ever will do but if you really need the space that badly then I suggest getting it professionally done so the liability is on the store alone and not you. Think about it.


Buying a PS4 External Hard Drive Upgrade 2tb is a great idea if you’re looking to strictly keep your games on the PS4 alone and not buy any disk games. PS4 1TB hard drive is standard issue but it can come across to the gamer as not being enough hence the upgrade.

The reasons why you need to upgrade to a 2tb is unique to you as a gamer but it is also worth noting that you may just want to so there’s no issue of it later on. There is no such thing as too much space when upgrading to 2tb because some have gone beyond 2tb to a 4 and 8tb respectively.

Take the time to consider why you want to upgrade before doing so and make sure as well that you’re not trying to do it yourself if you’re not confident in your ability to do so. If you have any questions about my post then please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. Thank you and Happy gaming.



  1. kaeyoes kaeyoes

    I actually had someone from one of the gaming stores tell me that you can get too much space on an external.  Thank you for saying differently.  If you play a lot you’re going to need that extra space.  We were thinking of getting an external for our console and I was told not to get more than 1 TB.  Anything more was too much.  I know that games can take up a bit of space, so, investing in more than that is actually ok.  And since we haven’t gotten ourselves that external yet, I’ll now start thinking of something more.  My kids use up a lot of space with their games and saving their games, too.

    Thanks for your review!

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Well kaeyoes, you should definitely get the extra space and the external hard drive; I’m thinking about upgrading myself. It’s perfectly okay to get an upgrade to the external hard drive because 2tb is almost the norm if you’re going to keep all of your games to the PS4 i.e. downloading them. I have all of mine on my hard drive as well and I’m a little under 3 quarters full when it comes to storage so I can relate quite well.

  2. Tucker Tucker

    I’m a huge believer in the necessity of external hard drives. Your article drives home their importance and value quite nicely. I’d imagine that today’s game downloads wind up taking up a good bit of space very quickly, so the addition of an extra terabyte seems invaluable for the serious gamer. Great article, keep up the good work!

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Thanks Tucker, I live for helping gamers and provide the experience of getting the most out of their gameplay especially if something as significant as storage space can cause problems for gamers. I’m a little under 3 quarters full on my hard drive so I’m trying to limit the amount of games that I have but I may upgrade soon as well.

  3. Chrissie Spurgeon Chrissie Spurgeon

    Your advice is excellent, and it is really very useful to gamers.

    My children use the PS4 a good deal, but we have not as yet had any problems with storage, as I try to limit the number of games which they have in order that they do not spend too much time playing.

    But I can imagine a time when they are older when they may need more space, so I appreciate your advice to take the device to the place where it was bought in order to upgrade it, as I don’t think it would be the best idea for them to try to do it themselves, do you?

    Thank you so much for an extremely helpful and informative post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Chrissie, no it is not a good idea for them to do, and if we’re being honest here, I don’t think anyone should not unless their console is under warranty and even then I still don’t recommend it. I have a great many games in my collection so I know how hard it is to just ‘stop’ playing the games, it’s hard. Be well Chrissie

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