When the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One both launched with 500 GB hard-drives, many gamers knew right off the bat that 500 GB wouldn’t last long; the size of games these days is usually in the 35 to 50 GB range, with even most disc-based gamed having a mandatory install. While the Xbox One does allow you to connect an external storage device via USB on which to store game content, the PlayStation 4 allows you to replace the internal 500 GB SATA drive with a new SATA drive of up to 2 TB giving you 4x the storage space for games saves, music and video. While external storage devices range in pretty cheap to very pricey, most SATA drives, depending on the type, manufacturer and size can be really expensive. To provide PlayStation 4 owners with a more sensible alternative to pricey SATA drives, NYKO Technologies has come out with the Data Bank for PlayStation 4 so that you can upgrade your PlayStation 4 with a much more affordable 3.5″ hard drive without having to modify the current PS4 design and void your warranty.
The Data Bank for the PlayStation 4 gives you the ability to use a 3.5” hard drive as internal storage instead of the stock 2.5” hard drive that comes pre-installed on the PS4. In comparison, 3.5″ drives are usually less expensive and feature higher capacities than the 2.5″ drives that the PS4 currently supports. In addition, 3.5″ drives typically have a higher read/write speed than 2.5″ drives which may slightly improve load times in the biggest of games. To let you know that the hard drive is being accessed by the PS4, the Data Bank also includes a front facing LED indicator which illuminates when the PlayStation 4 is accessing or saving content to/from the hard drive. To power the Data Bank, Nyko built in a power pass-through cord so an additional power source is not needed.
The NYKO Data Bank includes the SATA cartridge, a screw driver and the Data Bank itself.
Installing the Data Bank onto your PS4 will only take about five minuets or less once you have taken the necessary steps to insure that your game content can be safely transferred to your new hard drive. You have to make sure that you have followed the necessary steps for installing a new hard drive in your PS4 like backing up your saved games as well as downloading the PS4 UPDATE software. Once that is done, all you need to do is disconnect all attached cords and then carefully removing the cover on the PS4. When that is done, you must remove the 2.5″ hard drive and install the provided SATA cartridge in its place. The Data Bank itself snaps into place just as the original cover does with a data cable that will attach to the SATA cartridge. Once that is connected, you can then install the 3.5″ hard drive and snap the Data Bank hood into place.
Following the installation instructions from A to C will help you to install the Data Bank with ease.
The installation procedure was uncomplicated and very easy to do following the three included instruction sheets that NYKO provides in the box. Once that is done, it is just a matter of formatting the new 3.5″ hard drive which the PlayStation 4 will automatically do once you power it up and it detects that you have installed new hardware. After that, you simply need to reinstall the PS4 software via USB flash drive and then reinstall all of your game saves. The Data Bank does not come with the 3.5″ hard drive so you will have to purchase that separately before you can install it. At this point, you can boot up the PS4 and then reinstall your games from the library and start playing.
With the included power pass-through cord, there is no need for a separate power supply saving you from one more cord to get tangled behind your console.
From an aesthetics point of view, the Data Bank really feels like it was created by Sony. NYKO Technologies has done a great job of matching the black shiny and matte finishes that the PS4 currently sports. The Data Bank stands about 1.5 inches above the top of the PS4 on the left side but it doesn’t really detract from the elegance of the PS4s design. In addition, the modular design of the Data Bank is completely compatible with the many other NYKO modular items for PS4. Overall, I think that the design is spot on and makes the PS4 feel more futuristic and high tech.
The Data Bank sits a little higher than the top of the PS4 but it still looks cool.
NYKO is currently offering the Data Bank on its web site for $39.99 which isn’t a bad price for what it offers to PS4 owners. The PlayStation 4 supports drives up to 2 TB at the moment so its important to get a 3.5″ drive that isn’t larger than that or you will have issues. Once you purchase a 3.5″ drive, you are probably at the same amount or less of what an equivalent 2.5″ SATA drive would cost you. It would have been nice, however, if NYKO would have teamed up with Western Digital or another decent hard drive manufacturer to provide a version of the Data Bank that does include the 3.5″ hard drive. On the other hand, it’s not a deal breaker that the Data Bank doesn’t come with a 3.5″ hard drive simply because you can find them easily enough on Amazon or Newegg.