Digital Foundry installs 8 TB SSD in PS4 Pro – games load up to three times faster

True, such a drive itself is twice as expensive as the console itself.

Experts at the “iron” division of Eurogamer tested how much you can improve the performance of the PlayStation 4 if you replace the standard mechanical HDD with a modern SSD.

The experiment used a Samsung 870 QVO SSD with 8 TB – it costs about $ 900 (66 thousand rubles) in the United States. But you can choose any SSD for the upgrade – the PS4 Pro still cannot use the full speed of even a relatively slow drive.

  • The PS4 Pro is better suited for upgrading than the standard or Slim version, as it uses SATA III, and the lower models use the slower SATA II.
  • An SSD can be installed inside the console instead of a pre-installed HDD, or connected via USB – there will be an increase in speed anyway, but internal connection is slightly faster.
  • External USB connectivity is simpler and allows you to easily transfer your game library to PS5 thanks to backward compatibility.
  • PS5 games cannot be installed on an external SSD – at least not on those available on the market right now.
  • According to the test results, the speed of loading saves when switching to an SSD increased from 11 to 313% depending on the location and the game.
  • The difference between the SSD installed inside and connected via USB is 1 to 5 seconds.
  • An SSD connected via USB does not give an increase in the speed of the interface of the entire system.
  • In any case, the SSD gives a big increase in the speed of loading textures and objects – in The Witcher 3, FF VII Remake and Days Gone, textures, vegetation and character models are not loaded directly in the frame, as is the case on the HDD.

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