If any of you have experience with looking after a PC, you’ll know that the occasional defrag is necessary to keep the machine happy. For those of you that may not be versed in the ways of PC, a defragmentation of the hard drive is a clever little system cleanup that goes through all the temporary and unwanted files that may be running in the background, slowing the machine down. You can defrag your PS4 console aswell!
After a year or so, you may experience games crashing, frame rate drops or other drops in performance, here and there. Taking these steps once in a blue moon will ensure that your console continues to perform at its peak. Ultimately, it will seriously lessen the chance of the PS4 overheating, which nobody wants.
Go Ahead And Defrag Your PS4 Now!
First, your console will need to be switched off. Without using the remote, hold down the on button (on the console) until you hear a second beep.
When you hear the second beep, you can take your finger off and the PS4 should have booted up in safe mode, giving you several options.
Grab your controller and plug it in via USB. You’ll then want to select Rebuild Database
Once selected, your PS4 will reboot and a progress bar will pop up on the screen.
Note: depending on how clogged your console is, this may take as long as three hours!
When done doing its thing, it will reboot again and bring you back to your usual home screen. The phrase Rebuild Database can be a little intimidating. After I had a go myself, however, all my stuff was still there. Nothing at all had been deleted – except, of course, all the bad stuff running in the background. If you have any problems, let me know in the comments below.