Hands up. Whose PS4 or Xbox One is completely full already? Quite a few of you we imagine, especially seeing as most games seem to move in with about 40GB of space on your hard-drive.
Today we’ve heard leaks about a new 1TB hard-drive PS4 model and the rumours of an Xbox One slim with a bigger drive have been doing the rounds too. Of course, PS4 owners can buy their own 1TB drive and install it and there was briefly a 1TB XO (the COD model), but why the hell has it taken Sony and Microsoft so long to wake up to the fact the 500GB drive is a joke?
Gone are the days of optional installs from discs to make games run faster as we saw on the PS3 and Xbox 360. As soon as you put that disc in, it unloads itself onto your drive. And that’s not the end of the problem, as games like Destiny and Call of Duty receive frequent updates to prepare for DLC expansions. They seemingly download the map content to your install file, even if you have no intention of buying an activation key for it.
Sure, there’s nothing stopping us deleting hefty install files, but next time we want to play the game we’ll have to reinstall it AND the massive series of update files to get it up to spec again. For players that buy big games digitally, removal from your hard drive isn’t an ideal option as you’ll have to download the entire thing again. This may be more of an inconvenience than a problem for people with uncapped broadband deals, but the lengthy download time can be royally annoying.
So why didn’t Sony and Microsoft have a 1TB option available from launch? Probably to avoid ‘confusing’ the market with different options, which is all sorts of insulting if that was the case. The 500GB drive would have allowed them to keep costs per unit down in order for them to sell the console at the lowest price possible.
Let’s face it though, the prices between the two SATA drive sizes if bought separately on PS4 isn’t that much (about £30). I’d have been happy paying that much extra for more space. You don’t have to charge ridiculous prices for extra storage space just because Apple does.
It doesn’t look like the option to not install disc-based games to our consoles will ever be an option. And let’s face it, we’ve had so many buggy and broken games already on this-gen, I don’t think the consoles are up to the task of the additional strain.
It’s a bit ‘too little, too late’ for those of us that have already bought a console. But for those of you yet to invest, you’re probably better off waiting until E3 to see when these new machines are going to appear as a 1TB drive is a must for any gaming fan with a collection beyond annual updates of Shooter A and Sports B.