How to increase your console’s memory

Munich - 500 gigabytes may not seem like a lot of memory these days, but that's all you get in the hard drives built in to the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.

Fortunately it's relatively easy to expand the memory of these gaming consoles, according to GamePro magazine.

Owners of Sony's Playstation 4 will have to pick up a screwdriver to expand the console's memory. Credit: AFP

Since an update in June, Microsoft's Xbox One can work with external USB 3.0 hard drives.

But owners of Sony's Playstation 4 will have to pick up a screwdriver to expand the console's memory.

With the Xbox One it's best to use an external hard drive when seeking to add memory, as changing the internal hard drive voids the warranty. According to GamePro, 2.5-inch drives are best because they don't require a separate power supply and are quieter in general.

One to two terabytes should be sufficient.

The experts don't recommend SSD storage, as it is not available at an adequate size yet and SSDs are expensive compared to conventional hard drives. In addition the hardware of the console can't fully benefit from the higher speed of SSD chip memory.

In the case of the Playstation 4, enlarging the memory is more complicated because the internal hard drive has to be replaced with a larger model. To do this the console should first be disconnected from the mains. Then remove the upper left cover to get access to the hard drive bracket.

There's only room inside for a 2.5-inch drive with a maximum height of 9.5 millimetres. It's not worth trying to connect an external drive, because the USB 2.0 ports on the Playstation are too slow.

Even for the Playstation 4, SSD drives are not recommended. They're faster, but at the moment generally have a maximum of 512 gigabytes of memory and so are no bigger than the memory that already comes with the device. - Sapa-dpa