Sony has confirmed that it is possible for consumers to replace the internal hard drive of their latest console, the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro features a SATA III interface, similarly to most modern motherboards in PCs. This allows it to support Solid State Drives up to a speed of 6 Gb/s. This is twice the performance of the older PS4 model, which featured a SATA II connection with a max speed of 3 GB/s. This enhanced speed will decrease the time it takes to install games onto the hard drive, save and various other features, if you decide install one.
The PS4 Pro comes pre-installed with a 1TB hard drive, a reasonable amount of storage, however Solid State Drives come with a considerably smaller Gb to price ratio. Meaning most users will have to settle with a smaller amount of storage to gain the extra performance. I wonder if the majority of consumers will either purchase a larger hard drive for more storage, or a smaller one for extra performance.
Having the extra customisation options available, is a good move from Sony, previous PS4 versions have supported removable drives however the Xbox one and Wii U do not support them. Only time will tell if the Microsoft competition, Scorpio has a similar feature.
The PS4 Pro releases on 10th November 2016 for £349 (€392.64) in the UK.