Sony Playstation PS4 4 Pro Custom External SSD NVMe Drive
I've got a Sony Playstation PS4 Pro, and I wanted more storage as I had filled the 1TB limit, and I'm a little bit sick of waiting on the loading times. So I wanted to get an SSD drive to speed things up.
So I shopped around for external drives, both HDD and SSD. HDD generally having more storage, being cheaper, but slower, whilst the SSD drives generally had less storage, were more expensive, and were faster.
Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
AODUKE Type C USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Enclosure
In the end I decided to create my own custom drive for the Playstation by buying a drive and an enclosure case, for which I would need to assemble myself. Doing this I saved myself some money and got probably faster solution than what was on offer.
PS4 Pro USB 3.1 Gen 1
The PS4 Pro USB ports are USB 3.1 Gen 1, so the fastest data can transfer through the USB port is 5Gbps, which equates to 625MBs or 640Mbs (megabytes per second) depending which online calculator I use. So no matter how fast a drive we use, the USB socket will be the bottle neck. I did come across one article which suggested swapping the internal drive around, but I can't remember if this had a faster connection.
Crucial P1 NVMe SSD Specs
1TB storage SSD
2000 MB/s read
1700 MB/s write
The Aoduke drive enclosure is a nice design, made of metal. The case itself has a speed limit of 10Gbps, or 1250MB/s. Faster than the PS4 Pro USB sockets though.
This has cost a total of: £155.58.
Review of Custom Build Drive on the PS4 Pro
It's definitely faster than the in-built drive. Games I play frequently get installed on the SSD, whilst the built-in HDD is used for less played games.
I don't have any numbers, but Star Wars Battlefront 2 now loads the main game before the scroll bar reaches the end of the bar. At a wild guess I'd say it feels like 30-50% faster. I don't feel like I'm sat there forever just waiting for games to load anymore, it's much more acceptable.
The unit does get very hot. I have since found they are offering a version on the enclosure with a built in fan. It's also quite small, so it doesn't need much space, just breathing space.
It will be interesting to see the PS5 specs, either USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 allows 20 Gbit/s, whilst USB4 supports 40Gbit/s (that's 2500 MB/s and 5000 MB/s respectively). Either way, my drive will still be good to use on the PS5, but there will be scope to make a faster one!