By now, it is probably a safe bet to assume that even the most selective gamer is in danger of filling their PS4. This new generation has made games bigger than ever, and the baseline 500GB just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Must-have titles like Uncharted 4 and its 44GB file size take up almost 10% of the console’s memory. At this point, you’ve probably had to delete a few of your older games just to make room for new ones. Luckily, there is a better solution. For just about the price of a new game, you can at least double your system’s memory with one of these cheap PS4 hard drives.
While surprisingly simple, we still suggest you follow these step-by-step instructions on how to swap your cheap PS4 hard drives safely. If you are looking for external hard drives, check out our list for cheap Xbox One hard drives (they’ll work with your PS4 as well). These work perfectly fine with the PS4, but they just aren’t as pretty.
Here are the top 3 cheap PS4 hard drives available right now:
If you’re really on a budget, the HGST 7K1000 is probably your best bet. With its 1TB capacity, you’re going to have twice the amount of storage as you did before on the launch PS4. Even better, the 7200 RPM means that you should notice your console running just a touch faster. The performance increase may not be enough to really notice without a stopwatch. Instead, you should think of it as a nice little bonus on top of all the extra storage. Even compared to many, uglier external hard drives, this price tag is going to be pretty hard to beat.
Price: $55.24 / $0.055 per GB
For a slightly bigger performance boost, we suggest going with the Seagate Gaming SSHD hybrid drive that was specifically built with gaming in-mind. Normally, a solid-state drive is important if you want to cut down on load times and improve the performance. However, on the PS4, the improvements are not nearly big enough to warrant the increased price. Luckily, this hybrid drive gives you the best of both worlds. Not only are you getting a tangible improvement for your console, but you are still getting a pretty good deal that outshines some standard hard drives. Plus, with a 5-year warranty, you have even less to worry about.
Price: $62.99 / $0.06 per GB
If you are more worried about storage space than loading speeds, look no further than the Samsung Spinpoint M9T. We know that $90 wasn’t what you were thinking for cheap Ps4 hard drives, but that 50% price increase buys you a full 2TB. That means you are either quadrupling the storage of an original PS4 or doubling the storage of the 1TB model. If you fill this baby up too quickly, you deserve a ribbon. Just be prepared for the system to run exactly as it did before the upgrade. With 5400 RPM, this hard drive isn’t running any faster than the base model. Still, it is hard to find any other quality 2TB drive for this price.
Price: $93.88 (33% off of MSRP) / $0.05 per GB