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OWC Launches PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit

By - Source: OWC Press Release | B 11 comments

Here's a good way to upgrade the PlayStation 4's hard drive.

This week during CES 2014, Other World Computing released a hard drive upgrade kit for the sparkly new PlayStation 4. The company says that this kit will not only add capacity, but boost performance up to 40 percent faster than the stock drive, thus reducing system load time.

"DIY bundles include everything needed to upgrade/replace existing 2.5 inch drive and transfer gaming data to new drive," reads the company announcement. "For added value, the original drive can be converted to an external drive, using the included enclosure, for new use for data transfer, back up, or portable storage for your computer."

When gaming downloads reach 50 GB at a time, a factory hard drive fills up quickly, the company points out. Plus, according to Sony, this is also a user serviceable part that will not void the PlayStation 4's warranty.

The kit includes an OWC USB 3.0 Express 2.5-inch SATA drive enclosure (black), an OWC USB 2.0 Flash Drive for PlayStation 4 download, a #1 Phillips screwdriver, a high quality double shielded USB 3.0 (mini-B type) connecting cable, a carrying sleeve, an OWC USB 3.0 Express enclosure installation guide, and an instruction guide.

The kit comes with 1 TB and 1.5 TB hard drive options, and 240 GB and 480 GB SSD options. Pricing starts at $99.99 USD.

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    p05esto , January 13, 2014 6:12 PM
    Wish Xbox One allowed this.... not happy about that. Also not happy about USB being on the side of the unit. How stupid. If I want to watch a movie on USB stick (assuming I can) I have to reach around int he dark. Cmon, MS, really?
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    eklipz330 , January 13, 2014 6:33 PM
    Quote:
    Wish Xbox One allowed this.... not happy about that. Also not happy about USB being on the side of the unit. How stupid. If I want to watch a movie on USB stick (assuming I can) I have to reach around int he dark. Cmon, MS, really?
    i got the perfect solution for you!get a pc.
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    Innocent_Bystander , January 13, 2014 6:45 PM
    How do we add enough "value" to a bog standard 2.5" drive to make it look like it's worth the $99 starting price...I'd rather just go for a 2T 2.5" drive that are coming out this year. But then again, no PS4 here yet. Too many goodies on PSN+ for the PS3... PS4 might start making sense a year or two down the road.IB
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    Blazer1985 , January 13, 2014 6:55 PM
    "When gaming downloads reach 50 GB at a time" Italian 20mb/s adsl gives up :-DSo sad though :-(((
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    10tacle , January 13, 2014 8:38 PM
    Well, when I'm ready to upgrade my new PS4 this year, I'll just use the same tools and equipment I used when upgrading both my PS3s.
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    Akizu , January 14, 2014 1:52 AM
    "DIY bundles include everything needed to upgrade/replace existing 2.5 inch drive and transfer gaming data to new drive,"So... a HDD, an enclosure, USB cable and a screwdriver? ...What's the point?
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    Nolonar , January 14, 2014 3:04 AM
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    The company says that this kit will not only add capacity, but boost performance up to 40 percent faster than the stock drive, thus reducing system load time.

    So the bundle includes an SSD as well?
    I'd rather buy the SSD alone; I've got enough screwdrivers already.
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    icemunk , January 14, 2014 5:06 AM
    No 3 TB HD?
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    Innocent_Bystander , January 14, 2014 6:10 AM
    "No 3 TB HD? "2tb laptop drives will just start arriving later this yearIB
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    ubercake , January 14, 2014 6:44 AM
    I would avoid anything OWC. All the replacement hard drives we got from OWC for our Apple laptops failed within 3 months. Never failed they would fail. I'd wait.
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    Grimbarian , January 14, 2014 11:54 PM
    Well with a little bit of effort you can make an "external" desktop sized hard drive work with the PS4 no problem: http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/01/14/crafty-gamer-modifies-ps4-to-run-with-2-tb-external-sshd-drive-claims-better-and-cooler-performance/