Half a decade into the console’s lifespan, you’ll probably want to increase your storage capacity. Thankfully, you’ll be pleased to know that upgrading your PS4’s hard drive storage space with an external hard drive is really straightforward – pretty much just a case of plug and play.
The best external drive for PlayStation 4
Firstly, in order to actually use an external hard drive with your PS4 console, you’ll need to have downloaded and installed the latest PS4 firmware. Once you’re updated to firmware 4.50 or above, your PS4 will be able to support USB 3.0 external hard drives of up to 8TB in size.
As a heads up, if you do plan on picking up an external drive to use with your PS4, be aware that the drive will need to be formatted specifically for the console. This means you won’t be able to use it for any other type of files, it’ll be a dedicated PS4 drive. With this in mind, it’s usually better to pick up a completely new, fresh drive for this purpose rather than re-purposing an older one.
So, which external hard drive is the best for PS4? Let’s take a look.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 – the fastest external drive for PS4
As the title suggests, the Samsung SSD T5 is an external SSD (or Solid State Drive), which means it is by far the fastest drive on this list and the most secure in terms of portability. With no moving internal parts, Samsung’s portable SSD is completely safe to throw into a bag and cart with you wherever you go.
That said, SSDs are not cheap and neither is this drive, as it’s by far the priciest drive on this list. If you value speed over budget, this one is your ideal choice. If you want more storage space for your money, however, you’re going to want to try one of the other drives below. If it does suit your situation, however, you’ll be getting one of the best external hard drive options around.
Seagate Expansion (Portable) – A superb budget option with hardy casing
The portable version of the Seagate Expansion is a sleek and stylish option, with a near-diamond plate casing. Inside the box, the drive runs USB 3.0 and features the fastest transfer speeds of any portable drive on this list – a tested read speed of 129.5MB per second and a write speed of 123.7MB per second.
It’s a little on the heavier side, weighing 8.3 ounces (almost twice as heavy as the Seagate Backup Plus Slim) but this serves to make the entire thing feel sturdier and more solid. This is a superb budget option for an external hard drive that performs excellently and looks great, too. This drive is available with up to 4TB of space.
WD My Passport Ultra – Get extra data back-up
Western Digital’s answer to the good-looking portable external hard drive is the company’s ‘My Passport’ range, the best of which comes in the form of the ‘Ultra’ series. What separates the My Passport range from all other drives on this list is the option of automatic cloud backup of data which is compatible with DropBox.
That feature alone will save the day for many people on more than one occasion. It features read/write speeds that almost rival the Seagate drives featured here (though not quite equalling them) and is available in models of up to 4TB and in a range of colours.
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim – Super portable, fits anywhere drive
This weird, golf-ball texture looking drive is one of the best portable drives available on the market today. It can easily be thought of as the thinner, newer little brother to the Seagate Expansion and while this edition is only available in sizes of up to 2TB rather than its big brother’s 4TB, what it lacks in space it makes up for in performance and reliability.
Insanely portable, it will fit into almost any space, especially if you want to tuck it in a narrow space beside your PlayStation.
Toshiba Canvio Basics – Cheapest budget portable drive
If none of the other options here strike your fancy, you may be well-advised to try out the Toshiba Canvio range. The read/write speeds aren’t quite up to the same level as the Seagate or Western Digital drives featured here but the pricing is highly affordable, especially considering the capacity on offer. A 2TB drive will only run you around £70 / $80 on average, making this a very affordable backup drive to be able to take on the go with you wherever you like.
As the title may suggest, the design is a little on the ‘basic’ side, but it’s hard to fault it for minimalism when you’re getting a whole lot of space for a low cost. This external hard drive is super small, goes at a standard HDD speed and is at a competitive price. It’ll also sit nicely next to your PS4, being just as sleek and shiny.
So there you have it, our top picks for the best external hard drive for PS4. Hopefully, this will help you find the perfect hard drive for you to expand your PS4 storage capacity. Now you’ll finally be able to have more than a handful of games installed at any one time.