Well, the next generation are about to be released among the public and we’re all about to get our first taste of what the future holds. So, with only a couple of weeks to go I thought I’d do a couple last articles before the consoles release, detailing and talking about some of the features or choices made with the next generation. This time it’s about storage, though there are a few glitches in this department. This new set of consoles is supposed to represent the future.

Trouble is, that future is looking a lot like past generations, expensive and often time-consuming upgrades to your console, possibly from day one.

Lets look at it from the last generation. The Xbox 360 and PS3 both released with some pretty silly hard drives, the Xbox even took the no hard drive approach a couple of times. With some games even than happy to eat up 10-15 GB of space for a simple install or HD textures pack, those original hard drives filled up quick. The 20, 40 and 60GB’s fell to the mighty 120, 250 and finally the 500GB hard drives that ruled the roust. Trouble is, nothing nowadays takes up too much space. Most games never got past 20GB, they were kept in check by the simple fact that not everybody could upgrade the hard drives, which meant you could put off customers by setting the install too high.

Each and every generation seems to have a similar issue. Memory cards for the original PlayStation were expensive and notorious for filling up quick. A game of Xcom would often fill 11 slots on a PS1 memory card, that’s 11 out of 15 slots gone already.

The struggle for the companies making these systems is to make them attractive and cheap, my problem with that is price per GB has never been cheaper in all of history. If a 500GB is possible in current PS3’s, why is a 1TB not possible in the PS4 from the get go.

My only thought originally on this was the possibility that the new systems could be using SSD drives, which would hamper any increase in space almost doubling if not tripling the price to upgrade. SSD’s are quick and longer lasting due to no moving parts, but there price has yet to really hit the point where large storage is comparable to non-SSD options. However, a quick skim of the specs for the PS4 at least, shows a spin time of 5400RPM, which means it’s a bog standard laptop hard disk.

With each game going to take up between 25-50GB, how long will it be before the hard disk is full and you’ll be deleting game data to make room for more?

The PS4 at the moment has the lead with the ability to upgrade day one. The Xbox One has promised an update that will allow external USB storage to pick up the slack, not the best of ideas but it may cover them for a while.

Let me know your thoughts on this.

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Alexander Bradley

Alex was born a geek to a geek family, so he has a passion for anything sci-fi related. He runs AGR in his spare time. Gaming, reading and writing sci-fi stories means he has very little spare time, though he makes it a point to get back to every comment, if possible.

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  1. nitsua78

    Already purchased a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive for my PS4. Not sure what it’ll take to replace the existing drive from a software standpoint, so I’m going to wait until I boot it up and get familiar with it before I replace the stock drive – don’t want to lose anything that comes pre-installed.

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    • Alexander Bradley
      Alexander Bradley

      Well if it’s anything like the PS3, you should just be able to swap them over and the PS4 will format the hard drive for you.

      I do think the PS4 comes with a free software pack for the PS Camera, you might want to sign in first so the package can attach itself to your account, in case you want to use it later.

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