Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still as popular as it was five years ago. In 2018 alone, the company sold over 5.6 million PS4 units all across the world. As beloved as these gaming consoles are, however, sometimes selling them is the only option.
Before you proceed to sell your PS4, this is what you should do.
Back-Up Your Games
Whether you’re planning on updating to a newer model of the PlayStation or simply selling the current one, it’s best to create a back up of your games. This way, you won’t have to download all those heavy files, apps, and digital games all again should you need them.
The best way to back-up your gaming files is by transferring them to an external hard drive. These devices have ample storage space and van store your games and apps easily. All you need to do is plug it into your PS4 and let the transfer of files take place.
Remember, you want to ensure that the new owner of your PS4 gets a clean slate on which they can then use to build their own gaming world. While some individuals may appreciate getting gaming files along with the console, most people prefer installing their own.
Wipe Your Data
While you’re at it, don’t forget to wipe clean any and all personal data you may have stored on your console. For this, you’ll have to deactivate as primary PS4. This ensures that your account isn’t connected to the system you’ll be selling anymore and eliminates the chances of a breach of data.
To do this, go to the Settings menu and scroll to the option that says Account Management. Clicking on this, go to the Activate as Your Primary PS4 menu and select Deactivate. Once you’ve done this, restart your console and go to the Settings menu again. This time, scroll down to select Initialization and click on Initialize PS4, followed by Full Initialization. The initialization process typically takes a few hours to complete, but once it’s done, you can ensure that the new owner of the PS4 won’t have access to any personal information you had on the device.
Clean Your Console
Having prepared the back-up of your files and safely wiped off personal data from the console, it’s now time to disconnect your device from your entertainment setup. Plug out the HDMI cable and power cable and keep these carefully in a box. Having done that, use a dry cloth to wipe your console clean, including the controller and any other accessories you’re planning on selling. Once you’ve cleaned your console and packed away all the parts, your device is ready for sale.