The best external hard drives for PS4 and Xbox One can help keep your game library a lot more manageable. Back when these consoles first launched, 500 GB may have seemed like a lot of storage space. But in the intervening years, games have grown, and so have their associated patches and DLC. It’s not uncommon for games to top 50 or even 100 GB. You can simply uninstall and re-download games as you need them, but that’s not nearly as convenient as simply picking up one of the best external hard drives.
Both the PS4 and Xbox One support external hard drives, and there’s no special trick to installing them. All you have to do is format them a certain way, then plug them into the consoles via USB cable. And you can add quite a lot of space, too; storage has gotten much, much cheaper over the past few years, and you could double — or even quadruple — your console’s storage space for less than the cost of two extra controllers.
There is an upper limit, however. Sony caps external hard drive support for the PS4 at 8 TB, while Xbox One tops out at 16 TB (two separate drives, each with the 8 TB limit).