The OWC Drive Upgrade Bundle for PlayStation 4 serves its purpose in a great way, and delivers a few bonuses in the way of hardware that make the bundle a definitive value, and worth looking into for those looking to never have to worry about space on the PlayStation 4 again.
Straight forward upgrade, for the hardware versed
As we near the two year mark on the PlayStation 4, and with more and more games coming out, it wouldn’t be shocking to assume that a decent chunk of the player base is running low, if not out entirely of room on the internal 500GB hard drive included. Sony knows this too, as the console maker has revealed 1TB models for European and PAL territories, but has yet to reveal a US date.
While it’s no secret that 500GB just plain won’t last if you don’t want to manage installed games with some installs topping 40GB, companies like OWC are on top of it, offering a few options for players that want to grab a bundle with everything they might need. While first impressions might lead to “Why do you need more than a simple 2.5” SATA HDD?”, OWC proves that question deserves a bit more inspection with their PlayStation 4 Upgrade Bundle.
What deserves this second look is the list of contents within the OWC bundle;
- OWC Express 2.5″ SATA Drive Enclosure
- 2.0TB Seagate/Samsung 5400RPM Hard Disk Drive
- 8.0GB Dual USB/Micro USB flash drive
- Philips #1 Screwdriver
- High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 (mini-B type) connecting cable
- Robust and descriptive installation guide
- Leather Carrying sleeve
Pricing these parts out easily exceeds the value held within the $139 price point, and while value can’t be considered as the sole motivator to a solid product offering, OWC sure puts up a good fight.
The first steps in any hardware swap is to back up your data, luckily through the PlayStation software you’re able to upload save data to the cloud fairly easily, although there isn’t a “all of it now” option which makes a bit more work, but if you’re in for replacing your hard drive, you probably expected it. Another option is moving data to a flash drive, like the 8GB flash included in the OWC packaging. Once you’ve got your data copied or uploaded, you’re off to the hardware races.
Those familiar with the process of changing any other SATA hard drive will be right at home, as installing the PlayStation 4 process is extremely straightforward, if not a little frightening when removing the dust cover on your pristine piano black console. The installation guide packaged with the OWC hardware is there for those less familiar with hardware removal and installation, or even those just a little unsure will be at ease knowing the guide assumes nothing and provides some very clear and concise instruction for removal of the dust cover, hard drive, reinstallation, and setting up the PlayStation software via USB.
After installing the 2TB hard drive included in the bundle, securing it and sliding the PlayStation dust cover back on, the process goes on to a software realm. Thankfully, OWC has you covered here as well, having plenty of instruction on their site, as well as clear links in the guide itself.
OWC will guide you to the PlayStation 4 System Software page, and have you create folders on the flash drive, place the downloaded file in, and generally provide instruction on the perfect way to get the update and installation done with minimal headaches. Once that’s done it’s as simple as plugging the flash drive into the PS4, holding the power button (assuming at this point the PS4 is still turned off) until you hear a second beep at about the 7 second mark and navigating to install the PlayStation system software. While some of the screens and info might seem a bit intimidating, it’s truly a very easy process, and the longest part of the whole operation is installing the system software and reinstalling your game library.
Word of warning – if you’ve got P.T. on your old hard drive, make sure you copy it directly if possible
Once you’ve got that done you’re essentially ready to go, the system shouldn’t need any updates but the bulk of the work now is signing in to PlayStation Network, downloading your game library, and waiting for that to finish. The best bet here is to queue them up and put the PS4 in rest mode, in order to do the heavy downloading in the background. Some disc games of course will need to be inserted and downloaded again, so there may still be a bit of interaction required depending on the amount of swapping games you typically take on.
· Straightforward and easy installation instructions
· Immense value in the included hardware
· HDD Enclosure allows you to format and reuse your 500GB taken out of the PS4
· 1 Year warranty on the HDD with a guaranteed turnaround of 48 hours
· Everything needed for the job in the box, including small Philips screwdriver
The Bottom Line
OWC offers a bundle that easily evokes value, allowing gamers to easily swap out their measly 500GB for a massive 2TB that very few gamers will fill quickly. Not only does OWC give great instruction, a massive HDD, but also offers an enclosure for your old drive so that it doesn’t go to waste. Pair that with an 8GB USB and Micro USB flash drive for some spare storage for your computer or smartphone and a leather carrying case for the external, and you’ve got some serious backup options. While it’s true that buying an external 2TB drive may be cheaper on its own, the sheer amount of possibilities OWC presents in the expansion bundle is more than enough motivation to purchase.
The OWC Drive Upgrade Bundle for PlayStation 4 is available in the 2TB version reviewed here (and generously provided by OWC for review purposes) as well as a 1TB SSD/HDD hybrid, and standard 1TB HDD.