Being able to download full games to your console instead of having to drive over to the mall and buying a game has its advantages. However, it’s also a source of a big problem: running out of storage space.
As games are more and more detailed, with better resolution and great sound, their size has increased dramatically. Having to download several GBs of data is common, and that can fill up your storage space quickly.
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo understand that problem and have included ways for you to add some extra storage to your favorite game consoles. These are some of the best ones:
Nintendo Switch – Micro SD Card
The Nintendo Switch was released a short while ago, and it has been a huge success. However, it only has 32GB of flash storage for your games, app and any other type of media. Even my cellphone has more than that!
Since the operating system of the Switch already uses 5GB, you are left with a measly 27GB of actual free storage. Yu might be able to download a couple of games, but that’s it.
So, what to do? Check under the console’s kickstand, and you’ll find a MicroSD slot. You can use any standard MicroSD card, and they are quite cheap. If you’re going to invest in one, grab a 128GB, this will bump up your storage space four times! And if your budget allows it, you can go up all the way to 256GB.
The SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card comes with an SD adapter, so you can also use it in your camera. It is a class 10 card, capable of speeds of up to 80MB/s so your file transferring will be quick and painless. They are temperature.water and X-ray proof
X-Box One – External HD
Microsoft’s Xbox One is similar to the Nintendo Switch. They both depend on external storagage. For the Xbox, you’ll need to get yourself an external hard drive, and the bigger, the better. Don’t get a USB 2.0 model; those are too slow, you need a 3.0 model and with at least 256GB capacity.
Once you have your new drive, all you need to do is plug it in and go into settings – system – manage storage, where you can format it for use.
A great option is the WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive. Some games will load even faster on this drive than on your console, since it has a 7200RPM speed. With 4TB of storage space available you can easily download your favorite games. It might seem like a lot, but for example Halo 5: Guardians is well over 40GB.
PlayStation 4 – Laptop HD
While the Nintendo Switch gives you a lousy 32GB of storage, PlayStations come with 500GB disks. But even that can fill up quickly when many games are 50GB or more. If you need more space, all you need is a new laptop hard disk and a screwdriver. Follow the instrucions HERE to see how it’s done, it will only take you a few minutes to get it installed.
Any 2.5″ hard drive will work, and one good option is the Seagate 3TB Barracuda Sata. It has the multi-tier catching technology, which helps deliver snappy performance and lower its power usage.