PS4 Pro Tips: How To Save Your Game Files And Data From PS4

By Jonna Marcaida Calagui , Nov 07, 2016 10:08 AM EST
PS4 owners can now transfer their game files and data to the new and upgraded PS4 Pro using several methods without losing long hours of gameplay. (Photo : CNET/YouTube)

It will just be a scant three days away before the official launch of PlayStation 4 Pro on Nov. 10. If you still have your PS4 and planning to upgrade to Pro, you might want to know how to save your game files and data from PS4 to the newer PS4 Pro. This guide will walk you through how to do just that.

Upgrading from PS4 to PS4 Pro

One of the best things about the PlayStation 4 is that all game files and data you have in there is pretty much compatible with the newer and upgraded PS4 Pro. That means that you can save all files like your screenshots, video footages and even saved game replays of your favorite video games. Losing progress has been a major concern among gamers who wish to upgrade from PS4 to PS4 Pro.

Of course, nobody wants to start all over again and lose 40 hours or more so of gameplay. That scenario can be frustrating. But it will not be a problem for you anymore. Sony has seen that such a problem might arise and provided several ways on how you can save your game files and other important stuff to enjoy your PS4 Pro. All you need is a bit of patience and of course, the know-how of transferring your files from PS4 to PS4 Pro.

Data Transfer Using Ethernet Cable

Ethernet cables can be used to transfer data from one local console to another. The principle works just like with a PC and a Mac. This is also the same principle that applies with PS4 and PS4 Pro. What you have to do is to move all of your important stuff from the PS4 to the Pro with the help of the Ethernet cable.

The big problem? Not only will this process take you a long while to finish. You cannot transfer your games as well using an Ethernet cable. You will have to re-install your games once you have your new PlayStation 4 Pro booted up. This can be a minor annoyance. But of course, there are still more ways that you can try that might be more convenient for you.

Data Transfer Using HDD/SDD

Another method to ensure that all your game files and data will be transferred from PS4 to PS4 Pro is to move your PS4's HDD or SDD to the PS4 Pro. Both consoles from Sony have the exact same slot for the hard drives. But this is where the tricky part exists. Once you put up an HDD from the PS4 to the PlayStation 4 Pro, the latter will format the drive. In short, you will have to erase all content on the drive.

Using this method is far trickier than any other methods discussed in this post because you have to backup all your files using the PlayStation cloud. Otherwise, you will really lose all those game files that you have been saving for a long time. For those who do not have an account yet on PlayStation Plus, a one-month membership is available for those who just need it for backup.

Data Transfer Using PlayStation Plus Cloud

Since transferring using an Ethernet cable might take too long and transferring with an HDD or SDD might make you lose all your precious files, you can consider using the PlayStation Plus cloud storage. As long as you have an account there, you can use it to store your game files and data. Install the HDD or SDD you have on your PS4 to the PS4 Pro. If ever some of your files will be deleted or if in case everything will be totally wiped out, you can just download the files you have from the cloud.

So how do you upload your files from PS4 to the cloud? Just go to Settings then select Application Data Management. Once you get there, click Saved Data In System then click Upload To Online Storage. Just wait a few minutes or however long it takes until all your data are uploaded. For downloads to PS4 Pro, just go to the Cloud's Saved Data In Online Storage then click Download To System Storage.

Remember that there is a data cap of 10GB for uploading your files. Hopefully, this should be enough to store all your game files and data. Since storing actual games is not possible in the cloud, you have to re-install the games - again - upon booting the PS4 Pro.


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