Dec 03, 2015

Are patches and updates also deleted when game data installed from disc is deleted on PS4?

Even though I upgraded the hard drive on my PS4 to a 1TB HDD, I’m still nearly out of space. Most of it is used by mandatory game installs from disc. These can be quite large (50GB or so on larger games), but since I generally buy physical copies at least I don’t have to download that much data it I want to reinstall the game and play it later. Still, some patches are around 20GB, and I really don’t want to have to redownload those huge patches again. It will take hours to get the games reinstalled and patched if so. If I delete the game data that was installed off disc, will that also delete the patches?
Nope, there is no way to separate patches and data installed from a game disc. I don't think it would be feasible to do it, but with the size of some of the patches and the 500GB size of the HDD on most PS4s (Sony did recently release a 1TB PS4), this is a pain for people who play a lot of games.

I bet that 1TB hard drive you upgraded to seems pretty small already. Considering that we are only 2 years into the 5-7 year life cycle of the PS4, this will become more of an issue as time goes on. I installed a 1TB drive in my PS4 the first day I had it, but I'm thinking of biting the bullet and installing a 2TB HDD.
Unfortunately you they are tied together, if you delete the game, patches get deleted as well. The only thing separate are the saves.
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