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Are Next Generation Hard Drives Big Enough?


Following in their parent's footsteps, both the Xbox One and Playstation 4's hard drive can be expanded upon. Each console has a different way of doing it.

The Xbox One's internal hard drive at 500GB is not removable by users. However, it's also carrying over the same storage technique from the 360 - external hard drives connected through the console's 3.0 USB ports can hold anything that the Xbox One's hard drive can. This includes media, downloads, and game installs.

While game discs require installation to the hard drive, Xbox One has announced the feature that will let players begin their game while it's still installing. This applies to apps and updates, which can download themselves without affecting gameplay.

The PS4 is also launching with a 500GB hard drive. If players feel they're going to get the most out of their console, the PS4 will have a slot where a different 2.5" hard drive will fit.

While slightly more hands on, the Playstation 3 version changing of internal disk drives wasn't unusual or difficult. Click open a slot on the side of the console, replace the 2.5" drive inside, and putting it back in the system is all it takes. It's unknown what the exact process of swapping hard drives for the PS4 will be just yet.

2.5" internal hard drives are usually used as the storage unit for laptops, and can be found in most technology or electronics store. The game goes for external hard drives.

While a 500GB hard drive sounds healthy at the moment, consider how much data next-gen games could take up or how many games you'll digitally download.

What do you think? Looking ahead, will you play enough games to ever need a larger hard drive or an external one?


  • Nolan Hedstrom 6 years, 8 months ago

    I think a lot of data will go over the cloud including streaming games. Not to mention using external drives for storage. I think 500 is enough for now. I do think in 3 or 4 years it wont be enough. Once again Sony made the smart move of letting users easily change out their drives. I am actually changing out the drive on my PS3 from 80GB to 500GB tonight when I get home.

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  • AdjacentKitten 6 years, 8 months ago

    I don't know. I have the Xbox 360 Elite 120 GB hard drive, and that one seems to work just fine for the invariable downloads I conduct on Xbox LIVE. The standard 500 GB hard drive should be perfectly acceptable for pretty much everyone, regardless of platform inclination.

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    • Nolan Hedstrom 6 years, 8 months ago

      I think she's talking about the fact that game installs used to be 3 or 4 GB and now their getting closer to 10 GB a game. With the new console generation games will be much larger, maybe even 20 GB a game. These consoles are also supposed to be entertainment centers for music and movies. Like I said, for the next few years I think 500GB will be okay, but not for too long.

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      • Skyliner 6 years, 8 months ago

        Yep, Nolan got it on both accounts. I remember when I bought my PS3 I had a fairly large HDD, maybe 200? It filled up fast, for me.

        Cloud computing is great. Unfortunately Sony is horrid about it at the moment on PS3. Only certain games can be uploaded, with a fairly small space limit. There's also only a specified amount of uploading/downloading you can do in 24 hours. That's for PS+ members, too. Sony has to fix that for the Cloud in PS4.

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  • theottomatic91 6 years, 8 months ago

    I'm not really worried about that since MS and Sony usually find alternate ways to help people with storage.

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  • Miggins 6 years, 8 months ago

    I think, for a time, the 500 gig HD's are big enough. I had an 80 gig PS3 for about 2 years before I switched to a 640. Of course, at the time, I didn't have a lot of games installed to the HDD or a lot of DLC. With larger DLC's becoming the norm, and more digital version of games, it's gonna fill up fast though. There are a few PS3 games that are around 11-12 gigs (Siren: Blood Curse and One Piece being good examples of digital releases only). I just hope they keep it just as easy as it was before.

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