I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a game install come to a grinding halt. Shortly before uttering ‘Oh balls, I’ve run out of space’. PS4 storage issues can always be a looming problem. So, to help you guys out, I’ve come up with a tidy little list of options that perhaps you can make use of. Here, we’ll have a set of options from the super obvious to the ‘oh fancy that’!
Delete Installs For Games You’re Not Playing Anymore. Duh!
OK, so it looks like we’re starting with the super obvious. That said, it may not be so obvious for some gamers out there who are just starting out with their PS4. Who may believe, like I did, that it has the storage space of a black hole. To them, I will say a few things. First off, there does come a time where you have to be harsh and honest with yourself. Yes, you had a great time with it and yes, it was a lovely game to play…
When was the last time you played it? If the answer is ‘quite a while’ then you may as well get rid of it. Do remember that if you delete a game install, all your saves will remain, as they are in a different file. So if you’re feeling nostalgic – no problems there. Here’s the sequence to use: Top Menu > Settings > System Storage Management > Applications.
Keep An Eye Out For Sneaky Saves
As much as I love my PS4, it does try to be a little bit too clever for its own good sometimes. Like the old paperclip on Microsoft Word asking if you need help pressing buttons. Take the time to go: Top Menu > Settings > System Storage Management > Application Saved Data. You may be surprised to see what you find. Your PS4 is constantly recording your gameplay for the ‘share’ function. It can sometimes leave rather chunky video files in this area of storage. Mortal Kombat X, springs to mind instantly.
Bear in mind, if you’ve deleted the installation for a game, the files I’m about to mention will still be kicking around in your PS4. On top of MKX taking up around 54GB, it will be saving recordings of (I think) every match you play! I know, right? Videos tend to be large files as it is. So check out your library in this section of Storage Management and see what you can clear up. Thankfully, they’re well signposted so you’ll see where to avoid deletion of patches and updates.
Don’t Let The Capture Feature Get Too Carried Away
You may or may not be aware of the fact that your PS4 will take a capture image whenever you earn a trophy. I’ll say it straight – this is dumb. More often than not it’s a capture of a blank screen or a prefect presentation of motion blur. So you don’t want these. Very similar to the other two just go: Top Menu > Settings > System Storage Management > Capture Gallery and run down your library of games, getting rid of all the images with that trophy logo next to them. If you haven’t done this for a while, it’ll pay dividends in terms of how much space you can clear up.
Clear Out All Your Noties
Yes, I like to call notifications noties…it saves time. This one’s a bit of a side note as it doesn’t take up hard drive space. Now, I won’t pretend to know why, but if you take a look in: Top Menu > Notifications > Downloads / Uploads and it’s super packed out with noties, it could prevent you from taking screenshots and saving video clips. This is a weird one and I hadn’t bothered to look into this until I ran into the issue.
You could also end up seeing messages like ‘Warframe cannot upload saved data‘ which, if you’re a Warframe addict like I am, can be quite alarming. So if these things haven’t happened to you yet, save yourself the trouble and clear out those pesky noties. Before you end up scratching your head, wondering why you can’t take a screenshot when you’ve got loads of space left.
Playstation 4 Storage Issues Well And Truly Resolved!
Thats it! If you do a combination of these things your PS4 will be ready and hungry for your next big adventure. Especially if it’s been a while since you last traded in some games. Have I missed anything out? If you’re aware of any other pro tips to save space on your beloved console, do share it with world and help us out! Go ahead and comment below as my comments system will let you log in via Facebook! To make your console even happier with a defrag, check out ‘Defrag Your PS4 – A Quick How To‘.