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PS4 System Storage May Be Limited To 408GB

Time to upgrade?

While the PS4’s stock hard drive is 500GB, which actually means there will be 465GB available for standard devices, it appears that you’ll only be able to use 408GB of that system storage, with a picture posted to twitter showing 323GB available after approximately 85GB has been used.

So, just where has that extra 57GB got to? Could it be that the OS, when unpacked completely, partitions off 57GB of the hard drive space, for anything that might be required in the future? That does seem like a lot of space.

It’s not another game anyway, as the user posted a follow-up tweet showing that he only had three games installed, which amount to around 85GB after all.

Whatever the case, it appears as though you’ll only have around 400GB of space on your stock hard drive, so upgrading might be required sooner than you thought.

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  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I expect the MS OS to take up even more space

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:12.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Isn’t there that pre loaded built in game? That must take up a fair few gig, you know the camera showcase game thing, whatever its called. This is fairly standard these days anyway, 500gb never really means that. Should be false advertising, don’t really get why it isn’t.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:15.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      It’s called the Playroom but I cannot see it taking up that much space.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:26.
  3. Squashman22
    Since: Nov 2013

    Because its actually 500,000,000,000 bytes or something which they are allowed to advertise as 500GB but is actually only 465GB. So any one who isn’t clued up on computers will not know this and will expect the amount of space they think they are paying for. I do agree seems a bit of a d**k thing to do to consumers but in a marketing sense it is better. Mainly to confuse people but also because it sounds better.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:29.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      500GB is actually 536,870,912,000 bytes.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:38.
      • discomonkey
        Since: Nov 2013

        No 500GiB is 536,870,912,000 bytes

        Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:51.
      • Squashman22
        Since: Nov 2013

        I never said 500GB is anything… I said 500billion bytes is 465.66GB

        Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:59.
      • yd
        Since: Mar 2011

        Don’t start with that gibibyte nonsense. We had a perfectly sensible sounding name for things, even if 1024 was slightly off compared to the proper SI prefixes using 1000.

        Then someone got greedy and tried to con us out of a bit of disk space. And now we’ve ended up with this gibi nonsense. When it was perfectly obvious what a gigabyte was supposed to be. But no, someone tried to take advantage of that and this is why we can’t have nice things.

        It’s as annoying as when some idiot decided we were supposed to spell sulphur wrong. With an F!! No! It’s wrong.

        Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 23:02.
      • Nocure-fd
        Since: Mar 2010

        I am a chemist by profession, and while I agree with the change to spelling sulfur with an “F” just seems wrong. Le Système international d’unités (the SI) have said that’s the way it needs to be done. If we don’t all do it, then we might end up in another situation where we blast an expensive satelite into the sun. So I will grudgingly change my ways.

        As for PS4 HDD space. I’ll probably updrade it before I even power on the console, so hopefully I wont have too many problems with storage.

        Comment posted on 13/11/2013 at 11:49.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Still doesn’t explain the drop from 465 to just over 400

      Comment posted on 13/11/2013 at 09:36.
  4. cubehouse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Likely reserved OS space for in-built apps and possibly also buffer space for the video recording?

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:30.
    • hol
      Since: Oct 2009

      That’s what I’m thinking too, would need enough room to act as a buffer for video capture.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 22:36.
  5. DJ Judas
    Since: Aug 2008

    Guessing that’s space reserved for OS, future expansion, standby/resume dumping and that ever-present 15 minute recording buffer.

    Sounds about right to me. I can certainly see myself replacing the disk in a year or so.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 23:27.
  6. NotSmartEnough
    Since: Sep 2013

    Could be space reserved for unpacking PSN downloads prior to install.

    Not a huge issue IMO: you buy any piece of consumer electronics branded as being such-and-such GB (phones, tablets, sky box), but the full capacity is rarely available to the user without a proportion being reserved for OS, etc.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 23:31.
  7. mrfodder
    Since: Nov 2009

    The PS3 took 10% so not surprised.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 23:32.
  8. DarkLord
    Since: Oct 2013

    Automatic game caching from blu-ray and video record buffer, simple as that, nice try thou,

    Comment posted on 13/11/2013 at 00:03.
  9. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    Was always gonna need upgrading. My worry is if there’s gonna be one big enough that’s compatible?

    Comment posted on 13/11/2013 at 00:53.
  10. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Seems like a fair chunk of space, i’ll be upgrading that hdd sooner than i expected.

    Comment posted on 13/11/2013 at 01:01.