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Update: Now that we have the PS4 in-hand, we can verify that game saves can be moved to a USB drive. System data cannot be stored on external drives.
We know that games like Killzone: Shadow Fall are weighing in at 40GB. Sony has addressed how users can add bigger hard drives in a new PlayStation 4 FAQ.
The new console does not support external storage at all. This means that thumb drives and USB connected hard drives won’t help alleviate your limited space woes. You can, however, upgrade the internal hard drive.
The PlayStation 4 supports internal hard drives of 160GB or more, provided they are no thicker than 9.5mm. By comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox One supports external storage options, but will not have a user-serviceable hard drive.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeNeither of the consoles supports both solutions, which means that the storage debate is a matter of preference. I replaced the internal hard drive on my PlayStation 3, and it was easy. I expect it to be equally painless on the PlayStation 4. I look forward to seeing someone benchmark a solid state drive in the system, as that could be a strong option for players willing to spend a lot of money for a slight performance boost.
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PS4 supports external storage, just not for game installs.
why do you keep posting old news? we already know this. next are you gonna post that the ps4 isn't backwards compatible?
I am going to have to get a new drive by 2014. With Killzone, AC4 and all the other games I am waiting for, I know for a fact that I am going to have to get a new hardware option.
This is part of the many reasons I am waiting for the next generation consoles. 500 GB seems like a lot at first but with these huge downloads, it's going to be impossible for most novice gamers to cope. Obviously we will be buying bigger hard drives but why don't Microsoft and Sony help us out early in the game? It's inevitable that they will be releasing consoles with bigger storage space later into their lifetimes but I don't doubt lots of love would be given with this simple matter fixed sooner rater than later.
How can they both do this yet try to claim how great digital is?
That's pretty disappoint considering even the Wii U lets you do it. It's also pretty disappoint that Microsoft abandoned the oh so convenient replaceable hard drives of the 360. I can still get a flippin' huge hard drive for cheaps, but it just bugs me.