This PlayStation 4 trick could speed up your console and reduce loading times

We know we're going to have to wait until the end of the year to get our hands on PlayStation 5, and in the meantime we'll be squeezing as much power as we can out of our PlayStation 4s.

But even if you've upgraded to a PlayStation 4 Pro in the last few years, you may notice these machines tend to run a little louder and slower than they did when they brand new.

But, just like you can 'defragment' a PC, you can do something similar to the PlayStation 4. PlayStation 4's indexing and file management leaves a lot to be desired, and sometimes things get a bit messy on the hard drive.

YouTuber John Glasscock has a great video guide to walk you through the process of cleaning it up a bit – and you can also read all about how to speed up your machine a bit more below.

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PlayStation 4 – Rebuild Database

Here's how you can make your PlayStation 4 run just that little bit better.

• Switch off you console – turn it off properly . Don't just put it into Rest mode or similar.
• Hold down your PlayStation 4's Power button until you hear it beep twice. This puts the console into Safe Mode.
• Then connect your DualShock 4 (your controller) to the console using a Micro-USB cable.
• Navigate the list to the Rebuild Database option, select it.
• NOTE: Do not hit Initialise PS4 – doing so will wipe your system, downloaded games, saved data and all.
• After selecting Rebuild Database , the console will start to reorganise files for better navigation and faster performance.

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