Building the Ultimate PS4

– Ken, do you have anything to say for yourself? About this abomination, about this travesty that's in front of me right now? I didn't think so Hey you guys, this is Austin

This disaster that sits in front of me are some of the most popular PS4 accessories Now sure, unlike a gaming PC which you can fully customize, a PS4 is pretty much what you get is, well, what you get However, what I'm curious about is whether any of this stuff is remotely worth it So to start with, we have the Nyko Intercooler so they claim that this is going to direct hot air away from the console, which in theory is going to be a thing that actually could be really helpful, especially with the old, fat PS4, it could get really loud under load So one of the things that drew me to the Intercooler is that this actually is fairly well-integrated into the PS4 design, so as you'll see in a second here, it basically just clips right on

And that's pretty much it So what we can have here is, it looks like one large fan and a couple of smaller fans, and the cool part is, it actually has its own power pass-through so you don't need to turn this thing on or off or run any extra cables, it should just go on the back This just clips into place, I think That actually integrates pretty well, I've gotta say So it's even the sort of same two-toned finish on the back, you still have access to all of your ports and you can still plug in the power cable right here

Now I'm curious how well it'll actually work but it's worth a shot So if you're rocking the PS4 Slim or Pro then Dobe has you covered So this is the P4 series multi-functional cooling stand And we'll see exactly how multi-functional it really is So the idea here is that not only can you actually get a stand, but you can also mount your controllers as well as some games all in the one stand

So here (laughs) This is a little bit bigger This product can decrease the temperature for the PS4 effectively, improving its performance and decreasing the power loss The power loss? So while these cooling products claim to lower the temperature of the PS4, that really shouldn't give you more performance The real advantage and the thing that I'm going to be looking for is if temperatures come down, in theory, fan noise should come down and potentially longevity of your PS4 should be improved a little bit, but we'll see

So this is made for everything from the fat PS4 to the Slim to the Pro So if you have a Slim, it drops in here but if we have the Pro, we should just be able to get it in something like this Actually, it fits pretty well So there's nothing really holding it in besides friction On the bottom, we do have those, wait what? It's really only pulling a little bit of air from here

I mean, they look like reasonable sized fans but how is that gonna drive any significant airflow into the PS4? Next up, we have something a little bit more simple This is a PS4 USB hub So as the name suggests, it's pretty straightforward It turns the two USB ports on the front of the PS4 into five So this is specifically made for the fat PS4

So in the back, we have a pair of USB ports and on the front, we have one USB 3, which is a pass-through, and four standard USB 2 It should be pretty much as simple as just lining it up and that's it Again, I appreciate how well this actually fits with the original design, so even with this and the intercooler, it doesn't really look like a Frankenstein I mean, at least not yet Now it's time for the big guns

This is the DongCoh Game Bar Now that name doesn't really tell you much, but what this is going to allow you to do is install a full desktop hard drive into your PS4 Infinity storage, super speed, dissipation, and stability Man, I am excited for this one Oh boy, here we go

Oh that looks like a lot So this is going to require just a little bit of surgery on our PS4 However, it's not going to be bad So the PS4, as well as the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, all have removable hard drives So what this is going to allow us to do is instead of using a small 2

5 inch drive like from a laptop, to actually use a full desktop drive This is feeling like a dumber and dumber idea each second So essentially, this should kind of go and replace this top piece So this glossy piece right here just pops right off and inside, normally, you would just replace the hard drive here However, it's gonna be a little bit more involved with this guy

So to start, we're gonna take out the puny 500-gigabyte hard drive in favor of something just a little bit beefier So to really go all out, we're upgrading this with a four-terabyte hard drive However, this actually supports up to six terabytes if you really need all the storage you can On top of that, they actually just announced a new PS4 firmware update that will allow you to actually put games on external USB drives So if you really wanna get crazy with it, you could put a ton of storage in your PS4

So I just need to set the SATA cable in like that and I can close the whole thing up So all this is is really just a pass-through So once we're ready, we just slide it into the standard PS4 slot and screw it in Alright, here goes nothing So we want to run all of our power and data through this little slot

Get around here Okay, that actually kinda works Now we just need to drop the hard drive in like this and doesn't seem very stable, but besides that, we just have to attach the cable and in theory, we pretty much have a four-terabyte PS4 Uh-oh It totally fits

(laughs) We have created a monster Dude, if this is about to work, I'm gonna be so happy It totally fits! This is, I gotta say, this might be the proudest moment of my entire life, this is a masterpiece of elegant Japanese engineering, or it's all Ken's fault So one quick firmware update later, we have the ultimate Frankenstein PS4 up and running, and as you can hear, it's kind of loud We also have the Energizer Xtra Life for the controller

So this is a dock that comes with an external battery that clips on the bottom of the controller so it doesn't really get in the way when you're actually playing a game First thing, I wanna check to see if our storage is here so yep, there we go, 351 terabytes of free space Now, with so many PS4s shipping with a 500-gigabyte hard drive, it can really get cramped quickly So this is Uncharted 4 and it looks, well, exactly like Uncharted 4

So what I'm curious about are the temperatures I can pretty confidently say that this is louder than a normal PS4, but I'm curious whether that loudness actually does anything So the PS4 with the intercooler and the cooling stand topped out around 49 degrees with the exhaust However, when you take all that stuff off and run it, it tops out at about 50 That shouldn't be a huge surprise

So the intercooler is just adding additional fans for the exhaust, it's still restricted by how much intake air can actually get into the PS4 Now the cooling stand in theory would actually help things by giving it some fresh air However, the actual intakes themselves are tiny and really not able to make a big difference So is any of this worth it? Kind of So first of all, the Energizer Xtra Life dock is actually not bad

The dock itself is clean, but most importantly, the battery doesn't get in the way, it legitimately does give you extra time on the PS4 Which brings us to the Game Bar So on one hand, it actually works really well Once you get past the setup, it's completely seamless, and if you really do need four or six terabytes of storage with your PS4, then it's kind of a no-brainer However, if you don't need that much storage, it's a lot easier to just install a one- or two-terabyte hard drive, and on top of that, the update to allow you to put games on a USB drive is coming soon

I do really like the USB hub So with the PS4 only having two USB ports, especially if you have something like PlayStation VR set up, those ports disappear quickly Which brings us to the intercooler and the cooling stand Don't buy these The intercooler, while it actually does integrate pretty well and doesn't really hurt anything, I'm not convinced it actually makes difference whatsoever

Now the stand does give you a few options like being able to dock your controllers, as well as in theory giving you a little bit more cooling, but again, I don't really believe it's actually making any significant difference As always, all the links you guys need to any of this stuff will be in the description if you wanna go check it out, and I'm curious, what do you think about this monstrosity? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you in the next one

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