PlayStation 4 tested with standard HDD, hybrid drive and an SSD

Shawn Knight

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Sony revealed gamers would be able to swap out the hard drive in their new PlayStation 4 well before it was released on November 15. The only real question that remained, however, was what upgrade would be best and what...

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Meh. It must be me but the PS4 already loads quite fast. I don't think I would want to shell out big money for an SSD that almost costs as much as the PS4 itself.


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Terrible optimization makes the SSD for PS4 a terrible investment. However the Hybrid drive would be a pretty decent purchase.
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I don't think its a necessity for any console honestly, maybe the hybrid if you really think the load times are too slow for you.

But for me, both consoles load up very fast as it is so I think a couple seconds difference just aint worth it im my opinion.


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I've done this test myself and I will now ALWAYS upgrade the drive to at least a 7,200rpm drive.

Gran Turismo 5, load time on the default 500GB PS3 hard drive for the nurburgring full circuit would take 29 seconds, a Western Digital Black 500GB would take 14 seconds, When your sat there waiting for the level to load and you count it, It really is a considerable difference, I also found it improved other games as well, an SSD didn't make too much of a difference when I tried a 128GB Vertex 3, It improved everything but no where near the difference going from the default slow drive to a decent one.

But I guess the PS4 will take advantage of faster hard drives even more so since installs are now required.

Besides, I'll upgrade the hard drive anyway for reliability purposes, I've seen enough Hitachi drives die in PS3's I'll always go for a different drive that is also faster so the console will always work.


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In Canada

The prices are

Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM 64MB Cache Solid State Hybrid Drive (ST1000LM014) for $119

Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM 64MB Cache Solid State Hybrid Drive (ST500LM000) for $74.99

The 1TB hybrid seems to be the best investment because you are doubling your capacity from the stock drive. I just wish they had them at 7200rpm.

And while the SSD is the fastest cost wise not the best solution.


Seagate Hybrid drives should be the Momentus XT range and the 1TB version should be 7,200rpm and have the most cache, rather than the 500GB version which has a slower spindle speed.

No point getting a drive which is not 7,200rpm or better.
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