PS4 will support 1.5TB SATA replacement drive

The PlayStation 4's hard drive will be able to be replaced with a 1.5TB model, thanks to the increased size of its hard-drive dock.

The PlayStation 4's hard drive will be able to be replaced with a 1.5TB model, thanks to the increased size of its hard-drive dock.

The PlayStation 4. (Credit: Sony)

Good news, PlayStation tinkerers! Not only will you be able to easily pull apart your console to fit in a replacement hard drive, the size of said drive has increased from 9.5 millimetres to 12.5 millimetres.

The news comes by way of German website Computer Bild, which got its hands on, and in, a developer console. It seems Sony is continuing its tradition of allowing customers to modify their consoles, with an easily removable and replaceable hard drive.

Like the PS3 before it, the PS4's drive can be replaced with a 2.5-inch SATA drive, but the height of drives that will fit inside a PS3 is 9.5 millimetres. Admittedly, 9.5-millimetre 1.5TB drives started hitting the market just a couple of months ago, but the height increase in the PS4 means that the machine is primed for when drive manufacturers manage to squeeze more space into the 12.5-millimetre form factor.

The drive dock is also fitted with Phillips-head screws, meaning that you don't need a fancy screwdriver to take it out.

However, Sony really is making the PS4 the console of the future: it only supports HDMI out, dispensing entirely with A/V RCA/RGB and SCART. Your old CRT — which, let's be honest, makes it really hard to read on-screen text and make out fine detail when playing PS3 and Xbox 360 games anyway — is out.

 

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