I never owned a PS3, but I plan on purchasing a PS4 and making it my first entirely-digital console game collection. Assuming that all retail games are also available as digital downloads, I will not be purchasing the physical disc versions of any games. I like the convenience of a Steam-like digital library, in addition to saving storage space in my house that is becoming increasingly cramped.
With that said, I wonder if a 500 GB HDD is large enough for this generation. Individual downloads could range as high as 50 GB, which means that someone might not be able to keep a bunch of games installed on the drive at one time. Am I off base to think that a 500 GB HDD is not going to be sufficient to store a decent-sized digital library? If so, are there external storage options or would I be better off waiting for a future revision with more internal storage?
Will there be a cloud storage service to have your games saved on as well?
In essence, yes.
It works that way now and will do so on PS4, when you buy something from PSN it's on your Download List. Games will always be there. If you delete one from your PS3 or future PS4 you will be able to re-download it from that Download List.
Thats perfect then 500 gb should be more then enough how many active games do you need on there at once, right?
I plan on doing only some digital. So the 500 gigs will do for a little while. After a year or so I'll be upgrading the internal harddrive to at least 750gigs to 1tb.
Since the PS3 was compatible with any SATA 2.5" harddrive, basically the same size as a laptop takes, I suspect the PS4 will take the same. Yes the HDD is user replaceable and upgradable, and it does NOT void your warranty. Sony actually recommends it.
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Is it confirmed yet that all new games will be available for digital release at the same time as the hard copies?
I imagine, like with the PS3 making 500GB consoles after initially releasing smaller GB consoles, PS4 will probably release other consoles with 750GB to 1TB to maybe even 2TB at one point or another. I don't know, just a guess on my part.