Which PS4 Console Should You Buy? 500 GB vs. 1 TB console. PlayStation 4 Slim vs. PlayStation 4 Pro.

Updated May 2021

When you set out to buy a video game console it sounds like a straightforward process, but often it is more complicated than we expect as we have to consider more choices and options than we anticipated. This is true for the people looking to buy a PlayStation 4 as well. So let us help you make your way through this technological maze.

Sony is currently making two versions of the PlayStation 4 consoles the PlayStation 4 Slim & the PlayStation 4 Pro:

Both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro have their own unique features. You will find each console sold by itself or as part of unique bundles, which we have shown at the end of this article. So let’s see how you can determine which console might be best for your situation.

PlayStation 4 Slim vs. PlayStation 4 Pro

PS4 Slim

The original PlayStation 4 was released in 2013. In 2016 the PlayStation 4 Slim came out. Other than its’ smaller size the PlayStation 4 Slim was very similar to the original.

If you already have a PlayStation 4 there isn’t really enough of a difference between the original PS4 and the PS4 Slim to justify the price of a new console.

If you are buying your first PlayStation 4 you have more of a choice on your hands. If you don’t have a 4K television and don’t plan on getting one in the near future you can save some money by buying a PS4 Slim. However, if you have a 4K television or think you might get one in the not too distant future you might want to seriously consider spending a little bit more money and stepping up to a PlayStation 4 Pro.

PS4 Pro

In 2016 the PlayStation 4 Pro was released. It is larger than the PS4 Slim, but it also has more under the hood.

Not only will your games load faster, but they will play smoother and look better with the PS4 Pro. If you want a PlayStation 4 that can take advantage of your 4K television the PlayStation 4 Pro is the way to go.

You will notice improved performance and some improved graphics if you are playing your PS4 Pro on a standard HD television (not 4K). However, if you want to fully appreciate the PlayStation 4 Pro you will want to consider getting a 4K television at some point.

PlayStation 4 500GB vs 1TB
If you are considering purchasing a PlayStation 4 console you are most likely wondering if you should get a PlayStation 4 500 GB console or the Playstation 4 1 TB console. This is especially true if you have been looking online at the different console options and bundles that are available. The first difference you will notice between the two consoles is the price. The 500 GB version is often priced a little bit less than a comparable 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.

At this time Sony only makes PlayStation 4 consoles with 1 TB hard drives. However, you might go to places online such as Amazon and find that there are still some 500 GB consoles being sold. These 500 GB consoles and bundles are older models. Several of these older consoles are collector editions or part of limited edition bundles and come with a higher price tag. If you like one of these collector versions or limited edition bundles there really isn’t anything the matter with them – especially if you find a good deal. However, from a price perspective, you are probably going to be better of going with one of the newer consoles. This is especially true if you have a 4K television and are considering a PS4 Pro.

Memory

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.

When the PlayStation 4 was first released it was reported on ign.com 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-installed 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 was 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 was 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 ign.com 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)?

When the PlayStation 4 was first released, unlike the Xbox One, it didn’t support the use of an external hard drive. The good news was that Sony allows 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 losing 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 by 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.

Eventually, the PlayStation 4 consoles were able to support the use of external hard drives for users who wanted to expand their storage that way. You can format a USB storage device for use as extended storage and can use it to install your applications. You can also move applications from PS4™ system storage to extended storage. According to Sony, this is what you need to know/have in order to get started using an external hard drive:

  1. PS4™ System
    • The PS4™ system must have system software version 4.50 or later.
  2. External Hard Disc Drive*
    • USB 3.0 or later
    • 250 GB minimum, 8 TB maximum capacity
    • Backup any files stored on the USB storage device. These will be deleted when the device is formatted for use with PS4 systems.

*Proper operation is not guaranteed for all external hard disc drive models

If you want to replace/upgrade your hard drive here are some options that would work for the PlayStation 4 

Please note: The kits will allow you to replace your old hard drive and then turn your old/current hard drive into an external hard drive:

1 TB Drives (a great choice if you are upgrading from a 500GB drive)

2 TB Drives (cost a little more, but are the way to go – especially if you are replacing a 1TB drive)

If you don’t like the idea of opening up your PlayStation 4 to replace your hard drive here are some external hard drives that will work (assuming your PS4 system has system software version 4.50 or later):

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.

Conclusion

To sum it all up there are probably 4 things you should remember when buying a PlayStation 4 console.

First, 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.

Second, unless you are a collector or a big fan of one of the discontinued limited edition models most people will find that it is a better value to buy one of the current PlayStation 4 1TB bundles.

The third point to remember is the differences between the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Our take is that the PS4 Slim is a great console and will serve your needs quite well if you are playing on a regular HD television. Plus, the PS4 Slim is a bit more affordable than the PS4 Pro. That being said, if you have a 4K television or plan on getting one in the future the PS4 Pro is the way to go to take advantage of what a 4K TV has to offer.

Finally, there is no need to be worried about running out of storage space for your games – even if you have a 500GB console. The thing to know is that even people with a 1TB hard drive can run out of storage space. So if you plan on buying a lot of games and doing quite a bit of downloading know that you have affordable options to either replace your hard drive, add an external hard drive, or both as we discussed earlier in this article.

Happy shopping!

Here are some of the most popular PlayStation 4 consoles and bundles.

You don’t find what you are looking for below you can see even more options here.

PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
13,571 Reviews
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
  • Incredible games; Endless entertainment
  • All new lighter slimmer PS4
  • 1TB hard drive
  • All the greatest, games, TV, music and more
Sale
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
11,684 Reviews
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
  • Heighten your experiences. Enrich your adventures. Let the super charged PS4 Pro lead the way
  • 4K TV Gaming : PS4 Pro outputs gameplay to your 4K TV
  • More HD Power: Turn on Boost Mode to give PS4 games access to the increased power of PS4 Pro
  • HDR Technology : With an HDR TV, compatible PS4 games display an unbelievably vibrant and life like range of colors
Bestseller No. 1
SONY PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console, Light & Slim PS4 System, 1TB Hard Drive, All the Greatest Games, TV, Music & More
2,582 Reviews
SONY PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console, Light & Slim PS4 System, 1TB Hard Drive, All the Greatest Games, TV, Music & More
  • Includes a new slim 1TB PlayStation 4 system, a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller.
  • Play online with your friends, save games online and more with PlayStation Plus membership (sold separately).
  • All the greatest, games, TV, music and more. Connect with your friends to broadcast and celebrate your epic moments at the press of the Share button to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Mount is not included
Bestseller No. 2
PlayStation 4 Console - 1TB Slim Edition
7,047 Reviews
PlayStation 4 Console - 1TB Slim Edition
  • Includes a new slim 1TB PlayStation  4 system, a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller.
  • Play online with your friends, save games online and more with PlayStation Plus membership (sold separately).
  • All the greatest, games, TV, music and more. Connect with your friends to broadcast and celebrate your epic moments at the press of the Share button to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Mount is not included
Bestseller No. 3
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
13,571 Reviews
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
  • Incredible games; Endless entertainment
  • All new lighter slimmer PS4
  • 1TB hard drive
  • All the greatest, games, TV, music and more
SaleBestseller No. 4
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
11,684 Reviews
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
  • Heighten your experiences. Enrich your adventures. Let the super charged PS4 Pro lead the way
  • 4K TV Gaming : PS4 Pro outputs gameplay to your 4K TV
  • More HD Power: Turn on Boost Mode to give PS4 games access to the increased power of PS4 Pro
  • HDR Technology : With an HDR TV, compatible PS4 games display an unbelievably vibrant and life like range of colors
Bestseller No. 5
2021 Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console - Black PS4 Slim Edition with 1TB Storage Holiday Bundle: 1 DualShock Wireless Controller + Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
130 Reviews
2021 Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console - Black PS4 Slim Edition with 1TB Storage Holiday Bundle: 1 DualShock Wireless Controller + Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
  • 🥇 【PlayStation 4】The PS4 is now 30% smaller, 16% lighter, and 28% more energy efficient than the original PS4. Features powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, connected gaming, intelligent personalization, innovative second-screen features and more. Note: Vertical Stand Sold Separately.
  • 🥇 【1TB Storage】1TB HDD of storage, Provides ample storage space for several blockbuster games, plenty of apps, indie titles, recorded game footage and more. It is a all ps4 PlayStation bundle for your holiday, all you need to do is bringing your buddies and enjoy.
  • 🥇 【1x Wireless Controller Included】The evolved analog sticks and trigger buttons provide unparalleled accuracy with every move while innovative technologies offer exciting ways to experience your games and share your greatest moments.
  • 🥇 【Authorized Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock 】Fast PS4 controller charging: 2-hour fast PS4 wireless charger double Dual shock 4 PS4/ PS4 Slim/ PS4 Pro controllers simultaneously. No need to wait more time when charge two PS4 controllers. Save your time and get more fun.
  • 🥇 【All-In-One Set】Bundle includes 1x PlayStation 4 1TB Console, 1x Wireless Controller, 1x Mono Earbud, 1x HDMI Cable, AC Power Cord, USB Cable and 1x Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock
Bestseller No. 7
2021 Sony Playstation 4 1TB Slim Edition Console Holiday Bundle - PS4 Console + 1 DualShock Wireless Controller + Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year + Marxsol PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
45 Reviews
2021 Sony Playstation 4 1TB Slim Edition Console Holiday Bundle - PS4 Console + 1 DualShock Wireless Controller + Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year + Marxsol PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
  • 🥇 【PlayStation 4】The PS4 is now 30% smaller, 16% lighter, and 28% more energy efficient than the original PS4. Features powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, connected gaming, intelligent personalization, innovative second-screen features and more. Note: Vertical Stand Sold Separately.
  • 🥇 【1TB Storage】1TB HDD of storage, Provides ample storage space for several blockbuster games, plenty of apps, indie titles, recorded game footage and more. It is a all ps4 PlayStation bundle for your holiday, all you need to do is bringing your buddies and enjoy.
  • 🥇 【1x Wireless Controller + Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition Included】The evolved analog sticks and trigger buttons provide unparalleled accuracy with every move while innovative technologies offer exciting ways to experience your games and share your greatest moments + Great Game Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition(disk).
  • 🥇 【Authorized Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock 】Fast PS4 controller charging: 2-hour fast PS4 wireless charger double Dual shock 4 PS4/ PS4 Slim/ PS4 Pro controllers simultaneously. No need to wait more time when charge two PS4 controllers. Save your time and get more fun.
  • 🥇 【All-In-One Set】Bundle includes 1x PlayStation 4 1TB Console, 1x Wireless Controller, 1x Mono Earbud, 1x HDMI Cable, AC Power Cord, USB Cable; Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition(disk) and 1x Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock
SaleBestseller No. 8
Mytrix Playstation 4 Slim 2TB Console with DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and HDMI Bundle, Playstation Enhanced
141 Reviews
Mytrix Playstation 4 Slim 2TB Console with DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and HDMI Bundle, Playstation Enhanced
  • 【PS 4 】 Exclusive games take you on incredible journeys, from critically acclaimed indies to award-winning AAA hits; All the greatest games, TV, music and more on the PS4 System; Heighten your experiences with the PS 4 Blue-Ray and HDR technologies
  • 【 2TB Storage Capacity 】 Doubled storage space with the 2TB hard drive; a vast space to install and play AAA-grade games that come in large file size; Less deleting and re-downloading games; Greatly benefit gamers who share their PS 4 console with the household members
  • 【 Eight-Core AMD Processor 】 Smooth, fast and powerful; The eight-core AMD Jaguar processor and the 1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU bring the most extraordinary gaming experience to you
  • 【 DS4 】 Push the boundaries of play with DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller; With 2 point touchpad, click mechanism, capacitive type, six-axis motion sensing
  • 【 Blu-Ray Technology 】 Watch Blu-ray and DVD video content; All the best games and videos in one PS 4 consle
Bestseller No. 9
Newest Sony Playstation 4 Console 1TB Bundle: with 1 DualShock Wireless Controller, 3 Games (Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn & The Last of Us Remastered Hits)+ Marxsol PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
20 Reviews
Newest Sony Playstation 4 Console 1TB Bundle: with 1 DualShock Wireless Controller, 3 Games (Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn & The Last of Us Remastered Hits)+ Marxsol PS4 Controller Fast Charging Dock
  • 🥇 【PlayStation 4】The PS4 is now 30% smaller, 16% lighter, and 28% more energy efficient than the original PS4. Features powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, connected gaming, intelligent personalization, innovative second-screen features and more. Note: Vertical Stand Sold Separately.
  • 🥇 【1TB Storage】1TB HDD of storage, Provides ample storage space for several blockbuster games, plenty of apps, indie titles, recorded game footage and more. It is a all ps4 PlayStation bundle for your holiday, all you need to do is bringing your buddies and enjoy.
  • 🥇 【Three Great Games Included + 1 Wireless Controller】Three Great Games: Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition(disk) + Horizon Zero Dawn Hits (Disk) and The Last of Us Remastered Hits (Disks). The evolved analog sticks and trigger buttons provide unparalleled accuracy with every move while innovative technologies offer exciting ways to experience your games and share your greatest moments
  • 🥇 【Authorized Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock 】Fast PS4 controller charging: 2-hour fast PS4 wireless charger double Dual shock 4 PS4/ PS4 Slim/ PS4 Pro controllers simultaneously. No need to wait more time when charge two PS4 controllers. Save your time and get more fun.
  • 🥇 【All-In-One Set】Bundle includes 1x PlayStation 4 1TB Console, 1x Wireless Controller, 1x Mono Earbud, 1x HDMI Cable, AC Power Cord, USB Cable; Horizon Zero Dawn Hits (Disk) and The Last of Us Remastered Hits (Disks) and 1x Marxsol Dual PS4 Controller Charging Dock
Bestseller No. 10
Sony PlayStation 4 PS4 Slim 1TB Gaming Console : FHD High Dynamic Range (HDR) Parental Control Capability Blu-Ray Bluetooth Wi-Fi HDMI Black (One Controller Skin Included + USB Extension)
  • PlayStation 4 console : Features powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, connected gaming, intelligent personalization, innovative second-screen features and more.
  • 1TB of storage : The substantial hard drive lets you store several blockbuster games, plenty of apps, indie titles, recorded game footage and more.
  • Blu-ray technology delivers exceptional video quality : Watch Blu-ray and DVD video content. Blu-ray game discs have several times the capacity of DVD-based discs, so massive games fit on a single disc.
  • Introducing PlayStation VR : Redefine your gaming expectations and immerse yourself in moments so intense your intuition takes over.
  • Inside the package included One DualShock 4 wireless controller : The evolved analog sticks and trigger buttons provide unparalleled accuracy with every move while innovative technologies offer exciting ways to experience your games and share your greatest moments. An controller skin included.

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