Sony’s PS4 Pro, a beefier PlayStation 4, has officially launched. If you want to game in 4K and be on the cutting edge of technology, it might be worth the cost to you.
Since you probably don’t need two PS4 systems, Sony has provided an easy way to transfer your data from an old PS4 to a new PS4 Pro.
1. Prepare. Make sure to sync your trophies by going to the Trophies tab on the main PS4 menu. If you don’t do this, un-synced trophies will be lost. Make sure both systems are running firmware 4.0 or above. If they’re online they almost certainly are, but head to Settings > System Software Update to confirm.
2. Power on. Make sure both systems are connected to the Internet and you’re signed in with the same PSN account. Connect your new PS4 Pro to your TV and sign in with your PlayStation credentials. Follow the prompts to accept the transfer process, then press and hold the power button on your old PS4 until it beeps to launch it.
3. Connect. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the two consoles together. You can also connect both consoles to your router if you’d prefer.
4. Transfer and Activate. Next, you’ll have to decide what you want to move over. Since the PS4 Pro has a larger hard drive, you’re probably safe to move everything (games, saved data, videos and photos, and themes) over. If not, you can choose exactly what you want. You’ll then be asked if you want to activate the new system as your primary PS4, which you likely do if it’s your only console.
5. Wait. Now you’re done! Hang tight while the transfer takes place. Note that this process copies the data, so it still exists on the old system.
There are a few important things to note about this transfer:
- If you don’t want to move all games over, you can skip that step and re-download them manually. Go to your Library on the far right of the PS4 menu and select the Purchased tab to view and download your games.
- This process can be used to move data to a new PS4, even if it isn’t a Pro.
- Anything on the new system will be erased when you make the transfer.
- If you’re going to trade in your old PS4, you should wipe it first. Go to Settings > Initiliaziton and choose Initialize PS4 > Full before you let it go. Make sure to do this only when you’re completely done with it, as this will obliterate everything on the drive.
If your new system’s hard drive isn’t big enough for you, learn how to upgrade the PS4’s hard drive.
Have you upgraded to a PS4 Pro? Let us know if you were able to successfully transfer your data!
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