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PS4 test pits HDD against SSD against hybrid drives

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The hardware tinkerers at Tested installed three different hard drives in a PlayStation 4 to uncover the benefits of each.

In the nine-minute video above, you'll see Tested pit the PS4's standard 500 GB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) against a 250 GB Samsung solid state drive (SSD) and a 1 TB Seagate hybrid that combines HDD and SSD technology.

Press play above to see videos of each configuration and the speeds at which the system boots and loads launch games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun. Internal differences aside, price is also a factor. The standard HDD costs between $50 and $70, the SSD costs about $175 for half the storage space (500 GB SSDs tend to cost more than $300) and the hybrid costs about $110.

Stick around to see how to replace the PS4's hard drive and learn the publication's recommendations.