PS4 games can be fully installed onto hard-drive


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Over the past few days there’s been a bit of confusion as to whether you’ll be able to do a full install of disc games to your PS4′s HDD (obviously this doesn’t apply if you purchase the digital version!).

It all started with Shuhei Yoshida (prolific Twitterer and SCE Worldwide Studios President) saying “you cannot install a disk version onto HDD”. Many took this as meaning that if you purchase the disc version of a game, you won’t even be able to install it fully to the PS4 hard-drive.

Yoshida-san has cleared the whole thing up (again via Twitter) as follows however:

So, the bottom line is that you can do a full install of a game’s files onto your PS4 hard-drive (for better performance), however the original game disc will always need to be present in the drive.

It will be interesting to see how many people decide to go “all digital” with their game purchases this generation, and take the convenience of not needing a disc versus the lack of ability to on-sell their games.

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  • Goldenpins

    That is pretty awesome but considering the PS4 is such a beast, I wonder if performance goes up slightly if I install? I know it does, but i’ve always wondered if the disk spins inside or does it just “see the disk is in the slot” and not use the optical drive?

  • dclipe

    awesome. but wish you can still play without the disc though.

    • Entrep

      Yup thats only with the digital edition