PS4 PlayStation 4 Copying Update Files Guide

A little while ago, the PlayStation 4 swapped to a new method when it comes to downloading and installing patches for your favourite games. Once you've downloaded an update, the PS4 will then begin the infamous "copying" procedure, and this can take quite some time. It's quite a frustrating part of updating your games, but what does copying actually mean? What does it do, and why does it take so long to finish? We're going to try and answer these questions below.

What does copying on PS4 mean?

When your PS4 downloads a game update, it's only downloading the changes to the game. This might sound obvious, but it means the initial download is faster, as you don't have to download the updated version of the game itself. Did we say "download" enough times?

Anyway, then comes the copying. So, your PS4 has downloaded the update file. It then needs to install it, and it does this by basically copying the whole game file, and adds the patch in the process. Long story short, this process helps to prevent file corruption.

Why is copying on PS4 so slow?

The speed of the procedure will vary from game to game. Some games on PS4 aren't even 1GB in size, so the copying process will be quite speedy. However, many of the more popular games are dozens of gigabytes. The larger the original game size, the longer it's going to take for your PS4 to complete the copying process.

How can you speed up the copying process?

The only thing you can do to try and speed up copying on your PS4 is to install a faster internal hard drive. Your best bet is an SSD, as these are faster than regular hard drives. However, no matter how quick the drive is in your PS4, you're still going to have to put up with copying. Replacing the internal drive will make a small difference, but it won't make any drastic improvements.


Hopefully, this answers some of your questions regarding the lengthy copying process on PS4. If you have any more, please feel free to ask away in the comments below.