PS4 USB Ports – The Basic Knowledge

Any PS4 user knows very well about the significance of having USB ports in their game console. In fact, the majority of users also feel that the two USB ports PS4 offers aren’t enough. They suggest having at least 4 or even 5 ports for their convenience. In this route, some may go for a USB hub to get additional USB ports. But this is not a complete solution free of flaws. The primary disadvantage here is that not all USB devices work via USB hub. Some will work without an issue and some wont work at all.

PS4 USB connection is an essential topic to talk about here because it features a major factor in understanding how external storage devices work on PS4. And since PS4 Storage Expert website is mainly and solely concerned about PS4 storage, such a topic have to be sufficiently handled.

PS4 USB Ports Number & Location

The number of USB ports in PlayStation 4 is two. PS4 still maintains these two USB ports as it has been doing in other previous versions of the PS consoles. The two USB ports are located right at the front of the console which isn’t a surprise because we saw that in the PS2 and PS3.

the two USB ports in PS4 standard

Two USB Ports in the front side of PS4

Sony made a change in the Pro version of the PS4 to add an additional USB port at the back of the console together with the AUX, HDMI and LAN ports.

PS4 Pro Rear USB Port

One USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Port in the rear side of PS4 Pro

PS4 USB Port Basic Features

  • USB 3.0/3.1 Generation 1. The PS4 is packed with USB 3.0, and the Pro version has USB 3.1 ports, both Gen 1. The PS4 USB 3.0 has a SuperSpeed transfer rate of 5 Gbit/s which can transfer about 625mb/s. This makes data transfer from an external device to the console super-fast. It’s ten times faster than the previous USB versions. Although it may not be as fast as the USB 3.1 Gen 2 or the USB 3.2 which transfers data with SuperSpeed+ at the rate of 10 Gbit/s, the performance of USB 3.0/3.1 connection fits its purpose in the PS4/PS4 Pro. Additionally, we can always expect an updated version of the USB in the next release of the PlayStation.
  • Bi-Directional. Also, the PS4 USB 3.0/3.1 is ‘bi-directional’ which means the USB ports on the PS4 gives the user the opportunity to read and write data at the same time. You can download files from the console and at the same time, upload data to it without waiting for one function to end. So, you can download music, pictures and also upload movies to the console all at once.
  • Power-Saving. The USB Port 3.0/3.1 also put unused devices attached to the PS4 console to sleep mode to save energy.

Supported Devices

There are several USB devices that PS4 supports to work with.

  • Controllers. One of the purposes of PS4 USB ports is to connect PS4 controllers if, for any reason, you don’t wish to connect them wirelessly. It can be used also for charging the battery of these controllers by by emitting a 900 mA, making it twice as fast more than the USB 2.0.
  • External Storage Devices. The PS4 USB ports also enables an external storage device, such as USB flash memory, USB external hard drive and USB external SSD to be used on the console either as a backup storage or an extended storage.
  • USB Hub. You can increase the numbers of USB ports by connecting a USB hub to one of the ports. But you have to note that by doing this you’ll not be able to use external storage devices as extended storage, but only as backup storage. Moreover, PlayStation VR won’t work via USB hub. It must connect directly to PS4 via the original USB port.
  • Keyboard & Mouse. You can use the keyboard to navigate the PS4’s system menus, input text, browse the web, and more. To properly setup your keyboard and mouse, go to [Settings] > [Devices] > [External Keyboard].
  • PS4 Accessories. There are different USB devices that work with PS4 and enhance the gaming experience with it. Devices such as PlayStation VR, headsets, and more.
  • Conclusion

    PS4 USB ports are a strong addition to this mighty game console. Now, after PS4 Pro is released with USB 3.1 connection, the use of high-speed external storage devices such as external SSDs has become more flexible.

    The power of the USB ports in the PlayStation 4 gives the console the opportunity to serve you better as you can connect more devices to enhance your gaming experience. but Sony should build more ports to bring it to a total of four to ensure you are well connected and enabling us to do more at a time.

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    34 Responses

    1. Jane young says:

      Could I use a decent size memory stick at all? If so what size would be best?

      • PS4 Storage says:

        If you want to use it as an extended storage, minimum size is 500gb. Otherwise, if you want to use it as a backup storage, any size would fit (read more.)

    2. DMAN says:

      Gb=Gigabits, GB=Gigabytes
      Mb=Megabits, MB=Megabyte
      8bits= 1Byte
      So, 5Gb/s= 625MB/s NOT 5Gbs=625mb/s
      5Gb=5000Mb, 5GB= 5000MB
      The speeds are dependent on other hardware other than the USB port, cable, and external hard drive,so boasting about how fast of speeds the USB port can support is pointless.

      • mr usb says:

        Not really actually. Its Very informative. I transfer data from ps4 to usb all the time. and the fact the pro is faster saves me alot of transistion time.
        while the hdd in my ps4 pro is trash due to it not being ssd … the usb port does help in maintaining a responable rate of can be faster if my hd was ssd but luckly my usb port is fast… if i used a 2.0 port it would take me 10 hours of time to transfer 8 gigs
        with usb 3.0 it only takes me 4. thats big!

    3. SannyDev123 says:

      Where can I buy more USB ports for my ps4?

    4. Raffael says:

      Will any usb hub work? Would it be better if the hub had its own power supply? I have a vr connected at the 1st usb and an external hdd at the 2nd. So much for the ps4 gold headphones…. If i get a hub and connect the hdd and the headphone usb will they work properly? Thank you

      • PS4 Storage says:

        The best is a separately powered USB 3.0 Hub.

        An external hard drive won’t work through a USB hub. It must connect directly to PS4. On the other hands, other devices can use the hub and they will work fine.

    5. Janne says:

      I have first ps4. Only 2 usb
      I have
      Thrustmaster t150
      Ps4 platina headphones.
      How can i get all working?

      • PS4 Storage says:

        Use a USB 3.0 HUB for your headphones and Thrustmaster. As for the VR, you have to connect it directly to the PS4 USB port.

    6. Ron says:

      Hi, can I connect an external laptop fan to my slim to avoid overheating? Or could it be harmful to the console?

    7. collin says:

      Hey do you think for a flash drive the patriot supersonic rage 2 would work also here is a link to it

      • collin says:

        I also only have 2 usb ports

        • PS4 Storage says:

          You can use a USB hub to expand the number of USB ports. But bear in mind that neither extended storage nor VR will work via a USB hub. They must connect directly to PS4.

      • PS4 Storage says:

        Yes it will work well. It meets all the conditions that allow you to use an external storage on PS4.

    8. D. Parker says:

      What’s the difference between 3.0 and 3.1 and which PS4 has which?

      • PS4 Storage says:

        The difference is the data transfer rate. The USB 3.1 (10Gbps) is much faster than USB 3.0 (5Gbps). Only PS4 Pro has USB 3.1.

    9. ThePas says:

      I have first ps4. Only 2 usb
      Want to by a VR
      have Logitech g29 wheel
      one USB port used with external Hard drive
      How can i get all working?

      • PS4 Storage says:

        You can’t get all working together. VR and the external HDD must connect directly to USB port, whereas the wheel, speakers and other gadgets can connect indirectly via a USB hub.

    10. Nic says:

      How do I get the 3.1 speed from my PS4? I have a 3.1 drive and it takes and hour to put 1-2 hours of content onto it. Transferring onto my PC takes 3 minutes. I don’t get it.

      • PS4 Storage says:

        USB 3.1 is only available on PS4 Pro. Plus, the transfer speed depends on a large part on the speed of the internal storage device. So, if you PC uses an SSD, it will take much less time to transfer files compared to traditional hard drive.

    11. Dokser says:

      Hi. Does an USB 2.0 flash drive work with ps4 slim ? Or do you necesarilly need an 3.0 USB. I’m only talking about flash drives, not hdd’s. Thanks.

      • PS4 Storage says:

        Yes, it does work, but only as a mass storage device (for backup purposes) not as an extended storage (on which you can install games and apps).

    12. Shamarri says:

      If I have movies on a 3.0 256gb SanDisk usb, can I plug the usb into the ps4 and watch it from there?

    13. Shamarri says:

      Or can a usb 2.0/3.0 compatible SanDisk Cruzer glide usb 256GB play movies from it, if plugged into ps4?

    14. Dokser says:

      I tried 3 usb 2.0 flash drives and none of them were working, hence my question. Found another one and I got lucky so that means they depend on the writing/reading speed. Thanks.

      • PS4 Storage says:

        Thanks for your feedback. That’s quite strange. How did you know they weren’t working? PS4 didn’t recognize them or what exactly? I am interested to know in order to enrich my knowledge about this case.

    15. Dokser says:

      That’s right, the PS4 didnt see them. I was just just trying to apply a PES patch. Got it working with the last stick I tried.

      • PS4 Storage says:

        I think the problem is with the sticks themselves. PS4 recognizes all USB drives, but it will tell you whether it’s compatible or not. Anyway, glad that you have got one working at least.

    16. Ryan says:

      How many amps can the original PS4 handle?

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