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PS4 News       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date May 16, 2017 at 4:25 AM       13      
We covered PS4 External USB 3.0 HDD upgrade options, and recently Eurogamer tested some 4TB hard disk drives on the PlayStation 4 comparing their performance to SSD's in a USB enclosure. :geek:

Check out the PS4 External Storage Loading Time Tests demonstration video below with some comparison charts as follows, to quote:

"Do you go for a large 4TB drive, or a fast SSD? Going into these tests, we decided to benchmark both of our options on both PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro, as Sony's mid-gen console refresh can offer some small improvements on its own.

As testing progressed, a clear hierarchy of results began to roll in. The 4TB external drive actually improves loading times over PS4's regular drive, as well as having the advantage of offering more space.

Base PS4Stock 5400rpm Internal DriveSeagate 4TB ExternalOCZ 480GB SSD ExternalOCZ 480GB SSD Internal
Battlefield 1: Through Mud and Blood109.687.251.447.7
Battlefield 1: The Runner70.254.433.031.5
The Witcher 3: Novigrad95.687.777.169.2
Fallout 4: Concord57.444.830.129.1
Fallout 4: Exiting Vault 11128.422.617.117.2
Project Cars: Azure Coast44.441.440.340.4
Skyrim: New Game22.118.615.116.7
Skyrim: Loading to Helgen27.924.219.420.9
Overall then, the 4TB Seagate external drive is a great option. Every game we tested gives faster results, and there's nothing to stop you buying multiple drives as your library expands. Unfortunately, using USB does mean slightly longer loading times in many cases - in the region of 10 per cent.

Base PS4 vs ProPS4 Internal StockPS4 + External 4TBPS4 Pro Internal StockPS4 Pro + External 4TB
Battlefield 1: Through Mud and Blood109.687.295.385.3
Battlefield 1: The Runner70.254.460.053.5
Skyrim: New Game22.118.619.016.8
Skyrim: Loading to Helgen27.924.224.520.8
At best there are a couple of results where running externally is just as fast or maybe a touch faster, but these tend to be shorter loads and we suspect that it's more margin of error in these scenarios.

As we know, PS4 Pro offers faster loading times on average anyway, compared to a regular PS4. The difference is slight on most games, but more pronounced with the likes of Pro-supported titles like Battlefield 1 and Skyrim. And as you can see from the table above, PS4 Pro certainly wins out on the stock side of the equation, no doubt.

The fact that we could increase storage massively by using a 4TB option while at the same time improving loading times is the icing on the cake.

Meanwhile, although performance is quite as fast using the USB hook-up, using an SSD still offers colossal improvements to loading times on many titles where loading is ponderous to say the least. It's been a long time coming, but we're happy to say that PS4's external storage functional fully delivers."
PS4 Loading Time Comparisons of External USB Hard Disk Drives vs SSD.gif


Chaos Kid

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stop your crying and complaining cause it's not cfw. it's just primary testing which most devs do on a number of things. getting a better idea of what times would be using external drive


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Fallout 4: Concord 57.4 44.8 30.1 29.1 yeah i need to invest in a SSD but i dont have $169 to drop rn.... :'(