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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    3 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.

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