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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Oct 1, 2013

Your PS4’s 500 GB Hard Drive Might Not Be Big Enough

The PS4 really has quite a lot going for it. From a powerful processor, 8 GBs of RAM, as well as a nice $399 price tag, the PS4 will likely end up being the console to beat this holiday season. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a generous 500 GB hard drive, but if what Sony’s UK boss Fergal Gara says is true, that 500 GBs might not be so much after all.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Gara was asked if he thought that the PlayStation Network would be able to handle the huge demand that the PS4 is inevitably going to cause on the network. He said that one of the improvements of the PS4 is that it supports the capability to play a game as it’s being downloaded, which is needed in part because of the fact that some games (Killzone: Shadow Fall was named in particular) will be cracking 50 GBs a game. In other words, if you’re looking to download all of those big titles like that, you’re only going to be able to fit about 10 of them onto your hard drive if 50 GBs becomes the norm in game file size.

Granted, it’s not all doom and gloom. The PS4 does have the capability to install games onto an external hard drive, so if you fill up your hard drive by New Year’s you’ll still be able to get new games as they come out. I’m willing to bet, though, that within a year or so we’ll start seeing new PS4 models with 1 or 2 TB hard drives.

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