The “slim” PlayStation 4 now features a 1 TB hard drive in North America, which means that the region is finally catching up with the rest of the world.
Slim PS4s sporting a 1 TB drive will be “arriving on store shelves this month,” Sony announced on Twitter. They will continue to sell for $299.99. A Sony representative confirmed to Polygon that this is a permanent upgrade, saying that “1TB is the standard storage size moving forward in the US and Canada”; the company is no longer shipping 500 GB units in those markets. The spokesperson added that Sony will continue to sell 500 GB consoles in Latin America.
Sony launched the redesigned PS4 worldwide in mid-September. The base model offers 500 GB of internal storage, and until now, that’s been the only version available in North America (aside from branded consoles like the 1 TB unit in the Final Fantasy 15 bundle). Meanwhile, Europe got multiple game bundles containing a 1 TB PS4 slim, and a 1 TB version of the new Glacier White model was released in Japan in February.
Of course, Sony makes it fairly easy to swap out the PS4’s internal hard drive for a standard 2.5-inch drive. In addition, the company finally added support for USB external hard drives with the 4.50 system software update in March.