PlayStation 4 External Hard Drive Support Has Limitations

Last week, Sony announced that it would be adding PlayStation 4 external hard drive support through an upcoming software update.

“You have the option to store content to an external HDD,” stated the company then. “Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.”

However, participants of the beta program have uncovered that the PlayStation 4 external hard drive support is limited to a single device. The moment an expansive storage option is connected to a PlayStation 4 unit, the console will permanently bond with it and not recognize any other external drive.

It’s assumed that the linkage is saved somewhere as a profile, leaving us to wonder if it can be located and tweaked to allow users to swap between multiple external drives.

PlayStation Nation verified that the procedure to add and format an external drive is incredibly simple, taking less than five minutes overall. Though, it should be noted that the console automatically recognizes the external drive as the default location for any installation. All gallery captures will still install to the internal memory. This can be changed at any time through the system settings.

The limitation put on the PlayStation 4 external hard drive support is in contrast to how the same functionality works on Xbox One. Microsoft has allowed its users to connect multiple drives, giving them the freedom to seamlessly choose between any drive at any time.

The software update 4.50 is still in beta and without a release date. It usually takes a couple of weeks for an update to escape the beta realm. Hence, PlayStation 4 should be receiving the update within this month.