The Digital Foundry editors have released a video that deals with the PS4 Load times that are achieved with internal and external hard drives on the PlayStation 4. The possibility to push the games and applications to a USB hard drive, Sony introduced a few weeks ago with a firmware update.
Sony released a few weeks ago the PS4 firmware 4.50, with which the players were given the possibility to outsource games and applications to an external USB hard drive (bestseller overview on Amazon). This allows the available memory space to be expanded quite easily. But what further advantages or disadvantages brings with the use of external hard disks? This question was dealt with by the editors of Digital Foundry.
Various models were used during the PS4 Load times test. The loading times of the internal hard disk were compared with an external SSD as well as an external 2.5-inch hard drive from Seagate with 4TB. A little surprising, the SSD shifted the external hard drive, but both data storage were faster than the internal standard hard drive of the PlayStation 4.
If you want to optimize the loading times for an ultimate optimization, then you should use an internal SSD in the PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro. This solution tickles out again for a few seconds. How much time you can expect in the different versions, you will learn about the start of the following video.
Not every external hard drive is suitable for use on PlayStation 4. For example, the data memory must necessarily have a USB 3.0 interface for fast data transmissions. According to Sony, the size of the external data carrier must be at least 250 GB and a maximum of 8 TB.