The eighth-generation video game console officially abbreviated as PS4 is the successor of PS3. PS4 technology is the same as that of modern personal computers, and this makes it affordable and simple for game studios to prepare games for the PS4. Sony Computer Entertainment develops the PlayStation 4.
PS4 comes with a USB port that can be used for data transfer of USB compatible devices. The users of PS4 know the importance of USB ports. However, PS4 is a little tight when it comes to these ports, and people are dissatisfied with the number of ports available because they need more.
With the help of USB ports the devices like speakers and headphones, controller, external storage devices, and a lot more can be connected to PS4. The USB ports available on this gaming console are not enough, and many people do not find them up to the mark.
Why are PS4 USB ports not meeting customer’s requirements?
USB specifies how cables are connected for communicating with electronic devices and accessories. USBs have their specific features like data transfer speed; maximum cable lengths, maximum power, and USB cable connectors.
People suggest that PS4 must have at least four or more ports to meet their requirements as two USB ports are not enough. To make the task easy, many go for a USB hub that provides additional USB ports, but again this is not the perfect solution as not all USB devices are compatible with a USB hub. Many devices work fine with the USB hub, but some do not. Sometimes the error message ‘Too many devices connected’ appears on PS4 when many are connected to the USB hub, and thus PS4 freezes and stops working.
What are the different physical layouts for USB ports?
The connection is mostly used by digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, and other portable electronics with only USB 1.1 and 2.0 speeds.
It has a different configuration for USB 3.0 and one for USB 2.0. Today many popular smartphones, as well as external hard drives, have Micro USB.
The universal and standard connector is present on every laptop and PC’s that we use today. It is also found on game consoles, TVs and media players. There are more internal pins in USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, but the form factor is such that they can work in any Type-A port.
Type B connector is found on powered devices like printers and others that connect to a computer.
For supporting the mobile devices effectively, the new standard is designed that replaces Type A and B. It has smaller ports and reversible cable with excellent data transfer rates.
What are the USB devices that are compatible with PS4?
Many USB devices work effectively with PS4 like the mouse and keyboard, external storage devices, USB hub, controllers, and accessories. The keyboard can be used for navigating the system menus, web browsing, text input, and much more. The external storage device like external hard drive, external SSD, and flash memory can be used as extended storage or backup storage. The PS4 will address up to 8 Terabytes of storage.
The USB hub can be connected to a USB port of PS4 to increase the USB ports. When you use a USB hub, then you can use only backup storage, not any external storage device. Many devices do not work with a USB hub.
With a USB hub, multiple USB devices can be connected as it has additional ports. You can join the USB hub with the USB port. Connect the devices to the hub using the cable. The external hard drive cannot work with a USB hub as it does not work with the third-party medium.
The PS4 controllers can be connected to PS4 USB ports, and the controllers can also be connected wirelessly. The USB ports can be used for battery charging of controllers and can also be used to upgrade the gaming experience. You can connect headsets, Play Station VR, and more with the USB ports.
What is the location of USB ports in PS4, and how to use them?
There are two USB ports in PS4, and these are located at the console front. When you need to connect the USB device and PS4, then you will require one USB cable. You have to plug both ends of the USB cable into a USB port. Let the cables plug into a USB port, whether you are using it or not. But you must pay attention while unplugging these cables.
What are the precautions for unplugging the USB cable from the USB port of PS4?
Many times when you unplug USB cables from a PS4 while it is working, then it may damage your Playstation. The files may get corrupted too, so it is better to remove the USB cable only when the PlayStation is switched off, or you can eject USB device before unplugging it.
What are the characteristics of USB ports in PS4?
- The PS4 has USB3.0 ports, and the transfer speed is super high. It can transfer 625 Mb/s with the transfer rate of 5 Gbit/sec.
- The USB ports transfer data with super fast speed.
- PS4 USB ports work many times faster than previous versions.
- USB ports of PS4 are bidirectional so that the user can write and read data simultaneously.
- Upload and download can be done at the same time. So you can download pictures or music and upload movies at once.
What is the data transfer speed in the USB port of PS4?
The PS4 USB ports use USB 3.0 connection, and it is improved from previous versions in terms of performance, bandwidth capability, power management, and speed. These ports are bidirectional so that data can be sent or received at the same time. The USB port uses sleep mode for unused devices for energy saving.
Although people use a USB hub to increase ports of PS4 game console company should work on providing at least four or more USB ports for effective performance and increased convenience. PS4 Pro is the advanced step in this regard as it comes with a USB 3.1connection that increases the flexibility of using a high-speed external storage device.