When was the last time you constructed the PS4’s database? If you don’t know what that is or can’t remember the last time you did it, it’s been much too long. Fortunately, the process is straightforward and safe, and while it will take longer if you’ve never done it before (or ever), there’s no harm in improving your console upkeep today.

Following these steps will remove corrupted data and restructure your files, improving system performance and guaranteeing you can keep playing all of your PS4 games for as long as you like.

How to Rebuild the Database on Your PS4

Rebuilding your PS4’s database is a straightforward process that you should undertake on a semi-regular basis if you notice the console is extremely slow.

  1. Power off your PS4 and do not utilise sleep mode.
  2. Till you hear two brief beeps, keep holding down the power button. This will notify you that you are in Safe Mode.
  3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to the PS4’s USB-A port on the front.
  4. Scroll down the menu until you find option 5, Rebuild Database.
  5. To begin the rebuild, press the X button.

A PS4 database rebuild could take minutes or hours, depending on how full your console is and how frequently you install and remove games. Rebuilding reorganises your hard drive so that the system can access your files more easily and quickly. A well-organized database can load data faster, reducing the likelihood of your game freezing or experiencing frame rate drops.

Database rebuilding is a simple task that should be done every few months, preferably once a quarter. In theory, the more frequently you do it, the faster the process should be.

Is it dangerous to rebuild the database on your PS4?

Database rebuilding sounds like cleaning — and cleaning implies getting rid of things — but unless a file is corrupted, the process should not delete any data. Corrupted files will be deleted, but even if they were still there, you wouldn’t be able to use them. Database rebuilding is not only perfectly safe outside of corrupted files, but it is also highly recommended. As your PS4 gets older, the likelihood that junk files will need to be cleaned to improve performance rises dramatically.

Last-generation still works!

Sony’s newest console, the PS5, has sold over 19 million units, but stock remains scarce, and the shortfall is projected to last until 2023, so if you’re stuck with the PS4, you should take as good care of it as possible.

Fortunately, Sony will continue to release new games over the next year or two, with titles such as Horizon Forbidden West recently launching for PS4 and PS5. Other first-party games are also in the works, so you’re not completely shut off from new games just yet. With that in mind, it’s probably a smart idea to acquire a PS5 as soon as you can.

If you’re concerned, you may always back up your system to an external hard drive or USB storage device before performing a database rebuild. You’ll also be safe if you have auto-upload activated on your PS4, which stores up to 100GB of your gaming data in online storage, ensuring that your saves don’t vanish. Keep in mind that you must be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to use this feature.

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