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'Last of Us Remastered' and 'Uncharted 4' developer talks PS4 storage

'Last of Us'
'Last of Us'
Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment, used with permission

Drew Thaler has commented on the storage system of the PS4. According to a report from Gamepur on July 14, the developer at Naughty Dog (the studio behind the upcoming "The Last of Us Remastered" and "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" video games) revealed that Sony Computer Entertainment originally tried to manufacture a PS4 without a hard disk drive. However, the company ultimately decided to go with a storage solution.

He admitted that the Xbox 360 core units, which do not come with any hard drive, set a precedent. On the other hand, the lack of a storage solution in every console would have ended up hurting the developers and the end users. A recent example was "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition." Since Microsoft did not include storage on all Xbox 360 units, the development team at 4J Studios had to limit the world size of the console port. The worlds will be much bigger in the upcoming "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition."

Drew Thaler also disclosed that Sony Computer Entertainment came up with many ideas, one of which is flash memory, as to how to use storage for the PS4. The company went with hard disk drives due to the amount of capacity as well as the cost of its inclusion. As a result, the PS4 ended up launching with a hard disk drive of 500 GB in every units. All PS4 games, including "The Last of Us Remastered" and "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End," are installed onto the hard drive of the PS4 even when purchased as a disc.

Drew Thaler and the rest of Naughty Dog are close to completing the development of the PS4 port of "The Last of Us," which is launching on July 29 in the North America region. A screen from the original game running on the PS3 current-generation console can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Playstation Facebook). "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" is still a little early in production as the PS4 exclusive game won't be coming out until next year.