If you're like me, chances are you've got a gaming system that's going to get a lot more use after Christmas.
I know for certain my boys are getting the PS4 VR set, which comes with three games, and they’ll probably get a game or two from the grandparents.
If we lived in a perfect world, this wouldn’t be an issue. Christmas morning would come, we’d pop the game into the system, and we’d play, just like way back in the day when I was growing up.
Times, they are a changing.
Now when my kids get a new game I have to log in, put the game in, click on some update or another, download something from a code, cross my fingers, and pray. But, before I found this little hack, I also had to slog through all the games I had on the system while the kids stood behind me bemoaning anything I asked to delete.
“Mooooommm, please don’t delete Cars 3, we love that game!” The one even my youngest hasn’t played in three years. It was the same for all the games. Terraria, Minecraft Story Mode, Skyrim, you name it, they couldn’t bear to part with it,
The trouble was, my PS4 couldn’t handle anymore. I mean we have 400GB of storage!! How is that not enough!?
Well, it’s not.
About a year ago I looked on Amazon to see if there was a simple way to increase my hard drive space, memory, whatever you want to call it. I found two items that looked promising, but after ordering both and going through some pretty convoluted methods of trying to set them up (one even came with its own memory stick I had to use before the install), I had thrown in the towel. They didn’t work; I got frustrated, games got deleted.
It was kind of cathartic.
Two months ago, knowing Christmas was coming, I took a chance and went looking again. My hopes were NOT high, but I found one I hadn’t tried, and it was cheaper than the ones I had tried, AND it was bigger.
It was a Western Digital 4TB Gaming Drive.
4TB! That’s like...a lot of space!
I ordered the external hard drive, got it in the mail, opened the package and frowned at the instructions.
They were simple, almost...too simple.
Plug it in, go to this menu, click this thing, hit accept, done. (I'm just summarizing here, but there really are very good instructions included)
So, I did what it said, and it worked. No fanfare, no engineering degree necessary. I’m pretty sure my 11-year-old could have done it, no kidding.
The best part was that it didn’t break the bank. But that wasn’t the only best part! The real best part (aside from it actually working) is that, as long as you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you can unplug it from the USB port and take it with you if you want to play one of your games at a friend's house.
And when I say “you”, I mean your kids, unless you’re into that, in which case...cool.
My kids can take the hard drive to their grandparents and fire up Overcooked on the same level we last had family brawls over at home.
“Clean the dishes!! OMG clean the dishes!!”
There is a downside, just so you know. This will take up one of your two USB ports at the front of your machine, so if you’re using cords to charge your controllers now, you’re either going to have to charge them one at a time, or you will need to grab a standalone charger. I have one of those I like as well (and I’ve been through 4, so I’m a pro at this point), I’ll link it below.
If your PS4 (it might be compatible with other systems, but I’m not sure, so please read before you buy) is running out of memory and you’re tired of fighting over deleting things, this might be just the ticket.
I hope it is!!
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