PlayStation 4 500 GB video game console versus PlayStation 4 1TB video game console. Which One Should You Buy?

500GB VS. 1TB

If you are considering purchasing a PlayStation 4 console you are most likely wondering if you should get the Xbox One 500 GB console or the Xbox One 1 TB console. The first difference you will notice between the two consoles is the price. The 500 GB version is often around $50 more than the 1 TB version.

Outside of some extras that might come with some of the 1 TB system bundles, both the 500 GB and 1 TB consoles come with the same basic accessories to get you going. So what can help you figure out if you should spend the extra money for the 1 TB version? To answer that question you need to think about how the PlayStation 4 will be used by yourself, or the person you are buying it for.

Sony is currently selling the following PlayStation 4 Systems/Bundles:

500GB Options

1TB Options

PS4 Pro Options

Each of the options listed above come with their own features or extras. So let’s see how you can determine which one might be best for your situation.


The PlayStation 4 (as well as the Xbox One) downloads a VERY LARGE amount of data. Large amounts of data gets downloaded and stored on the hard drive for both games that were purchased online as well as for games that were purchased in a store and have physical discs. Any apps that are downloaded just increase the need for storage space.

It was reported on that as of 2013 the 500 GB console only has approximately 407 GB of usable memory. The remaining memory is taken up by the operating system and pre-intstalled software, which is similar to how it would work on your home computer. This 407 GB of storage sounds like a lot, and is actually a bit better than the available memory that is available with the 500GB version of Xbox One, but it still might not be enough space in some instances.

This 500GB version of the PS4 console is ideal for people who don’t buy a lot of games or constantly bounce back and forth playing many games at the same time. If you plan on buying more than 20-30 games (knowing that each game downloads a different amount of data) it is possible that you will run out of storage space. So if you know prior to buying your PlayStation 4 that the 500 GB version won’t give you sufficient storage you will probably be better served by spending the additional $50 or so and purchasing the 1 TB model.

Using the information provided on we are able to calculate that we should have approximately 907 GB of usable memory with the 1 TB console, which is more than twice the storage that is available on the 500 GB console. This makes the 1 TB model is ideal for people who anticipate that they will be buying a larger number of games or having more download activity.

Even with the larger amount of available memory on the 1TB PS4 it is still possible to run out of space if you download enough games to your console.

What Happens If Your PlayStation 4 Runs Out of Storage Space (Your Hard Drive Gets Full)?

Unlike the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 doesn’t let you make use of an external hard drive if you need additional storage.

The good news is that Sony will allow you to upgrade your PlayStation 4’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to expand your storage space. Unfortunately, by replacing your hard drive you are not simply adding storage space, but you are also loosing the original storage space that you started with. So you want to be sure that you are buying a large enough replacement hard drive.  Sony published an article on how to upgrade your hard drive here. It is a process that most people will be able to easily complete on their own otherwise Sony wouldn’t have put this information on their website.

According to Sony only the following type of hard disk drive (HDD) is officially supported with the PS4™ system:

  • 2.5 inch internal type (9.5mm or slimmer) *
  • Serial ATA (Parallel ATA is not supported)

* Proper operation is not guaranteed for all models. While other drive types may work, Sony only recommends using officially supported drives with your PS4 system.

Here are some hard drives that would work for the PlayStation 4:

However, if you don’t want to pay money to replace the hard drive, your other option would be to delete a few games from your hard drive to free up some storage space. Then when you want to play the game again later you can download the files again. The progress that you made in the game will still be saved with your user account. The only inconvenience is the fact that you will have to wait for the files to download again. This inconvenience will only increase the more often you have to do this.


When you are deciding on which PlayStation 4 bundle to purchase you need to buy something that you like. It makes no sense to buy a bundle with game(s) you will never play or accessories that you will never use. You simply will not be getting as much value for your dollar in those situations.

That being said most people will be better served by buying one of the PlayStation 4 1TB bundles – if they can find a 1 TB bundle that they like.

So if you plan on buying a lot of games and doing quite a bit of downloading, the PlayStation 4 1TB video game console is probably the one for you. However, if you know that even the 1TB won’t have enough storage space to meet your needs you could always buy a 500GB PS4 bundle with a game you like for a lower price and use your savings toward the purchase of a new hard drive when you start to run out of storage space in the future.

Shown below are some of the more popular PlayStation 4 bundles and you can see even more here:

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
List Price: $399.99
Price: $398.00
You Save: $1.99

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