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SSD, SSHD and regular hard drives tested in PS4

Is the PS4 finally able to make use of the added performance?


The people over at Tested have answered a question that is going to be on everyone's lips once the PS4 has released here in the next few days (The UK). That question; does the PS4 benefit from having an SSD or SSHD installed over the standard hard drive?

From the video they have posted the answer is a resounding yes. They tested a 256GB  Samsung SSD, a 1TB Seagate Momentus XT, and the standard Sony issue 500GB drive in the PS4, with all being used to boot up the console and the loading of various games, the SSD in all tests was far faster than the standard hard drive.

One thing to note from the tests is how closely the SSHD performed, with it not being that far behind the SSD in a few of the tests, because of this it looks like it might be the wisest purchase for people looking to upgrade the hard drive. With a 500GB SSD such as Samsung 840 Series (500GB) Solid State Drive 2.5 inch currently costing £259.32 whereas a Hybrid Drive such as the Toshiba 2.5" SATA III 1TB MQ01ABD100H only costs £81.74 and offers double the storage of the original drive.

It is good to see that the PS4 gets a performance boost from SSHD and SSD drives as the PS3 was notorious for having a shocking speeds no matter what drive was installed, it looks as though the change to more standardised PC hardware has had a good effect overall, although no tests for long term compatibility have been completed, so we cannot confirm full compatibility just yet.