The Playstation 4 comes pre-installed with a 500GB hard drive. Many folks out there were wondering how performance would (or wouldn’t) improve if the hard drive were replaced with a Solid State Drive (SSD), which would typically offer much better performance. The folks at Tested decided to put the mystery to res and installed each in an attempt to determine if it’s worth upgrading your PS4 to SSD.
The first tested boot times:
- SSD boots in 19.5 seconds
- Hybrid boots in 20.3 seconds
- Default boots in 25.7 seconds
So with an SSD, you’ll save 6 seconds every time you boot your PS4 up. Worth the upgrade? Don’t decide just yet.
Time it takes to launch disc based game (Knack):
- SSD: 34 seconds
- Hybrid: 33.7 seconds
- Default: 39.7 seconds
So you save another 5 seconds when you load a game (in this case, Knack) from a disc.
Time it takes to launch download based game from hard drive (Killzone):
- SSD: 39 seconds
- Hybrid: 42 seconds
- Default: 60 seconds
So you save another 21 seconds when launching a download game from the hard drive, without needing to authorize via disc.
So is it worth buying and installing an SSD into your Playstation 4?
I would argue no, it isn’t.
For one, an SSD of equal size (500GB) you’re looking at an additional $300 or so. You could settle for a smaller, 250GB SSD or so, but you’re still looking at an additional $150 investment. In my opinion, if you’re getting anything more than light usage out of your PS4, you’re going to want at least the 500GB drive that comes default.
Now if you need MORE than the 500GB default storage, your decision changes a bit. You’ve already committed to making an additional purchase, so the question becomes where do you get the biggest bang for your buck? According to these tests, you’re best off spending an extra 10% on a Hybrid Drive where you’ll get performance improvements without the huge costs.
Save your money. Stick with the PS4’s default 500 GB Hard Drive. If you’re running out of space and want to upgrade to a larger drive, go with a 1TB Hybrid Drive.