This is the annoying problem of the PS4 refusing to install or update the game, even if it says that you have enough space.
Due to the way the device installs and handles updates, you need to double the amount of available space at least. As the PS4 downloads a game update, it also makes another copy of the game in the process, like a security measure. This is why you need the size of the game as well as the size of the update as free space, even if the update is small. PS4 says you have 100GB of free space? Do not listen to this. Your 65GB game requires a 5GB upgrade, which means that you need at least 140GB of free space.
Also, every update attacks on more gigabytes for the total amount of space in your game. A 50GB game can balloon into 60, 70, 80GB or more depending on how many updates it gets and the size of those updates. Does that mean the 500GB HDD came with its PS4? Yes, that can fill fast.
Unfortunately, PS4 installs and updates don’t do anything to change the game. Still, by carefully managing what is installed on your system, or by expanding your storage space, you can make the most of the things available to you. Can get more. This is important because Final Fantasy VII remake takes a hefty 100 GB to install it.
Delete some games
This is probably the most obvious solution. Take stock of what you have installed and see if there is anything you are willing to part with—finished God of War 4? Uninstall. Don’t play Overwatch anymore? Get rid of it. The goal is to free up as much space as possible.
Get more storage
If you’re not willing to part with any installed games, look into an external HDD. There are many inexpensive ones that can hold terabytes of data and plug right into your PS4 via USB. You can pick up a pocket-sized WD Elements 1TB external HDD on sale for $50, or a 5TB version for double that. If you don’t need something that tiny and doesn’t mind an external HDD with a power adapter, Seagate has some excellent large-capacity drives, and you can usually get 6TB for around $120.
Install games in order of size
If you’ve just got a PS4 or want to start with a clean HDD, install the games that take up the most space first. That way you reduce the chance of running into that infamous “substantial free space error”, and you’ll have five times the amount of space required for the Final Fantasy VII remake. From there, to reduce the size, you want to install the rest of the game. If this is still not enough, consider getting an external drive.
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