Playstation 4 is an awesome gaming console. The inclusion of state-of-the-art features that includes necessary ports and multiple device compatibility helps you experience the gameplay of your lifetime. However, one thing that makes gamers a bit cranky sometimes is the USB ports in PS4.
As per many of the users, the number of USB ports in the console is not enough. USB ports in PS4 are basically used to power the devices or for transferring data between them.
Some of the devices that one can connect with a PS4 via USB are:
- External storage devices
- Headphones, and
- PS4 VR
How Many USB Ports are there in PS4?
As there are a number of devices that you might need to connect at the same time with the console, the number of USB ports will surely seem less.
There are two USB ports in PS4.
Both of them are on the front right of the console. They are placed on the front to make it easy to connect with the controllers.
Now, it is obvious that if you need to connect controllers, headphones, and PS4 VR at the same time. It will not be possible.
I know what you might be thinking. You might be thinking of getting a USB hub for connecting multiple devices. Unfortunately, this is not the ideal solution for you.
- Why is a USB hub not the solution for getting extra USB ports?
A USB hub cannot fill in for the original USB on the console in every case. For instance, if you want to connect PS4 VR with the console, the USB hub will not allow you. The VR glasses have to be connected to the on-device USB of the console.
Moreover, if you are connecting external storage to the console via the USB hub, you can only use it as a backup storage device and not for extended storage.
- Is there any other option to get extra USBs?
Most of the gamers suggest 4 to 5 USB ports for their convenience. However, so far, PS4 has catered to them with a maximum of 3 USB ports. The option of three USB ports is in the Pro version of it.
The third USB port in PS4 Pro is at the back, where you will find AUX, HDMI, and Ethernet port.
So, if you want to enhance your gaming experience, you can opt for the Pro version by shelling out some extra bucks.
What are the basic features of the USB ports in PS4?
There are some pretty cool features that the USBs of PS4 provide the users. Here are those features:
Power saving: If you have connected multiple devices to the console via USB and if any of them is not being used at the moment. It will automatically put those devices to sleep mode to conserve energy.
Bi-directional data flow: One can easily upload data to the console while downloading files from it parallelly.
Superfast data transfer: PS4 is fitted with USB 3.0/3.1 ports that allow for data transfer at a remarkable speed of 5 Gbit/s. This number is 10x faster than the previous USBs.
Safety Tip: Always use the safety eject feature to avoid damaging the device or the files being used on PS4.
What USB devices does PS4 support?
PS4 is compatible with a wide range of devices like:
Controllers: You can connect the controllers directly to the USB ports. Other than that, the USB ports can also charge the controllers if you decide to use them wirelessly. The output current is 900mA which charges them quickly.
External storage devices: You can also connect external storage drives to PS4 for using them either as backup storage or extended storage.
Add-on accessories: PS4 also supports additional accessories like VR, headsets, mouse, and keyboard.
USB hub: As described above, a USB can be connected to PS4 but with certain limitations.
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