Note: I rated this 4/5 stars.
With 1TB PS4 slims being, at the absolute best black Friday price, $180, and more commonly north of $200, purchasing a new system to expand the memory of an original PS4 is an expensive proposition. So I placed this upgrade kit on my amazon wish list for Christmas, and lo and behold, a family member purchased it. Here is what you get for ~100, with a rough price breakdown of each item:
1. 2TB hard drive (this is a laptop sized hard disc, mechanical, not solid state) – $75.
2. Flash drive (the listing says 8 gigs, but the one included in mine was a 16 gig- probably due to the continued drops in prices for these) – $6-15.
3. Enclosure for the old PS4 hard drive – ~10.
4. A screwdriver …. a quarter?
It also includes fairly clear instructions, which I’ll comment on in a bit.
Obviously, this gets to about 95 dollars worth of stuff, so you aren’t getting a special deal or anything. These components can be acquired separately, and in fact you may have a flash drive you can use already. I would think a price of about $90 would be more appropriate, and would encourage the company, FantomDrives, to explore ways to knock down the price about ten dollars.
Still, I recognize that the purpose of a kit like this is convenience. While not a hard project, upgrading a PS4 hard drive would require a bit of internet research, and having everything included for you, pre-checked for compatibility, is nice.
So how is the experience of using the kit, and most importantly, how are the included instructions?
For the most part, pretty positive. Some of the earlier reviews on amazon from 2016 discuss unclear directions, but I didn’t find that to be the case, with one exception: the final step of reusing the old PS4 hard drive. It does not mention how you need to delete the old partitions using windows disc manager. Of course, the primary point of this kit for most is to expand the memory, with using the old HDD a mere bonus, but they should improve the directions for this step.
The other aspect I’d improve is the included screw driver. While it is very cool that they include it, thus fulfilling the promise of giving you virtually everything you need for the operation, the screw driver has a tiny handle and doesn’t produce enough torque to take out the main screw on the PS4 drive bay. You’ll want your own, quite frankly, and since the screws in question are small but standard phillips head sizes, you probably do have one.
Other than that, I was done with this in less than an hour. So far, it is working perfectly fine. One thing I’m just a bit worried about is hard drive failures down the road, which some of the 1-star reviews report. Thus far, I can only find positive reviews that talk about using the PS4 for “several months,” so I can’t say for sure right now what my experience will be. If I have problems after less than a year, I’ll report back.
Overall, however, I’d recommend this kit. I have the technical know-how (not much is needed, really) to have done this without special help, but the convenience of everything being in one place made a “kick the can down the road” upgrade into a “do it now” job. Provided that everything still works in a year, I’m happy!