Buying guide: What is the best USB hard drive for PS4 and Xbox One?.
Continuing with the thread of storage in consoles from previous days, today we bring you a buying guide so that you can find the best external USB hard drive for the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One, taking performance into account. , durability, capacity and, of course, the performance / price ratio.
The size of video games today is growing, so storage needs are increasing. We always have the option of installing a different hard drive in our console, but both the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One allow us to use an external USB hard drive even to install the games, so the internal storage of the console would leave to be a problem.
Some companies like Seagate have external USB hard drives specifically designed for consoles, the Game Drive, which are nothing more than standard storage units with USB 3.0 connectivity of up to 4 TB of capacity (of course, with green decorations on the Xbox version and blue on the Xbox version). of PS4), and with the option of even the drive being an SSD for greater performance. Actually, here we are going to be limited by the transfer speed of the USB of the consoles, so a mechanical disk is perfectly fine for us. In addition, the configuration and format of the disk must be done from the console itself, so it really is worth anything, in theory.
Of course, we have only selected 2.5″ units, since you already know that the 3.5″ ones need additional power and that does not interest us: we want the device to be connected to the console and that’s it, without more hassles with cables and sockets. So, here we go with the buying guide.
USB 3.0 hard drive up to 500 GB
If we are looking for a USB 3.0 hard drive of up to 500 GB, we can perfectly go cheap, and here the Toshiba Canvio Basics range is what will give us the best price/performance ratio. We have them available from 48 euros in any store (in fact, they have a very high availability because they are top sellers).
USB 3.0 hard drive up to 1TB
This is the size of the external disk in 2.5″ format that is sold the most, and in fact we will have the 1TB variant of the previous one for only 6 euros more, something that would certainly be worth it. But while we’re at it, we’re going to jump to a slightly higher range, and the unit that we recommend is the WD My Passport 1 TB, which is priced at around 66 euros.
USB 3.0 hard drive up to 2TB
We jump to 2 TB, a very respectable amount of storage, and here we change brands again to recommend the one that has, from our point of view, the best quality/performance/price ratio. This is the Seagate Expansion 2 TB, whose price is around 83 euros.
USB 3.0 hard drive up to 4TB
We go to 4 TB, a capacity that not all manufacturers work in the 2.5-inch format anymore, and therefore the possibilities of choice are more limited. For this reason, we return to choose a WD My Passport 4 TB, whose price is around 137 euros.
USB External Drive, Editor’s Choice
In this last section, what I am going to recommend is essentially what I would buy, based on my personal preferences. To tell the truth, I don’t need 4 TB of storage on my console, among other things because the version I have has a 1 TB capacity and I have plenty, but if I had to buy an external hard drive for the console I would like it not to take up space , that it did not make noise and that it was very fast, although that supposes a greater investment of money.
For all these reasons, my personal choice would be the Samsung T5, in this case in its 250 GB capacity version, since it seems more than enough to install between 8 and 12 games depending on their size, and it gives me great speed while making noise. zero and occupying little space. In addition, its price is high (it costs approximately 150 euros) but it comes out much better than the 500 GB version.
We hope this buying guide will be useful to you. You are still in time for it to arrive before kings if you decide to buy now!