The PS4 is an incredible console that makes full use of its advantageous hardware and the fact that its exclusives gallery is filled to the brim with some of the most engaging and compelling games like God of War, Gran Turismo 7 and Sport, Ratchet & Clank, Horizon: Zero Dawn and many more.
These factors make it the console to have and this is evident from the sales numbers that Sony has posted over the seven years that the console was manufactured; it overtook Xbox One and even its predecessor, the former sales heavyweight PS2 to sell nearly 115 million units. That is a lot of consoles. However, there are certain issues that plague the seemingly undefeated console, like its cache, which can slow the console down. Here is how to clear cache on PS4.
What is a Cache?
For those who do not know much about the inner machinations of a console or any other computer for that matter, a cache is basically a part of the installed memory on the system which stores temporary data which is accessed frequently. Cache makes it possible for the user to swiftly and instantaneously access that data; be it a paused game or a download in the tray that you want to keep checks on. Whatever the data, it is the cache’s job to make it accessible in one instant, keep it loaded, and ready to view so the user does not have to wait for the data to load or show up.
When Do You Need to Clear the Cache on Your PS4?
As you can imagine, the cache gets pretty loaded and full during a heavy gaming session on the PS4, and as such, you could notice a performance drop once the minutes begin to roll by and the Warzone lobby gets more and more interesting and heated. The performance drop has nothing to do with the hardware, the CPU or the GPU; the noisy fan working at maximum RPM should tell you that both of the units are not the problem. It is just that the cache is being overloaded as the temporary data being stored is slowly getting to the full capacity. All these are signs that you need to clear the cache on your PS4.
Remember, it certainly will not shut down the console or dramatically affect performance, but users have reported performance drops, especially when they switch apps or quickly jump to the app tray to check out that screenshot or recording for a quick upload, when the console starts to lag a bit.
So, here’s how to clear cache on PS4,
5 Easy Steps on How to Clear Cache on PS4
Clearing the cache on PS4 is as simple as turning the console off. Literally. You have to turn the console off to clear the cache. These are the five steps that you need to follow in order to accomplish the task:
Note: Look for the option to turn off your PS4 and select it. You might confuse it with Rest Mode but there is no use in selecting this option.
- Press the button of playstation on your console for a few seconds until the screen for Power options pops up.
- Select the Turn Off option.
- Take the plug of PS4 out from the electric socket and wait for a good two or three minutes.
- Turn the PS4 back on and wait for everything to load.
- Press the L1 + R1 button during the wait so that your game starts without the cached data.
Once you have taken these steps; sit back and relax because you have successfully removed all the cached data of that particular game from the PS4.
*Note: The cache is actually cleared every time you shut down the PS4, so performance drops should not be a recurring or permanent issue that ruins the game time with your friends. However, should you notice a particularly bad lag during switching to apps or simply accessing the app tray during an intense gaming session, if possible, excuse yourself from the game for five minutes and try this method to clear the cache.
How to Delete Cache on PS4 Permanently
There are a few more steps involved in deleting cached data from every game that is stored in the PS4 caches. Here is how you can accomplish it:
- Go to the home menu and open the Settings tab.
- From the Settings menu, open the Storage tab.
- From that menu, pick the option of System Storage.
- All the saved data from different games will be visible. Select the one you want to delete.
- An Options tab will open up. Choose the Delete option for that saved game.
Repeat this whole process for every game, as many times as you would like. This way you will be able to clear the PS4 cache permanently.
Remember: Whether it is a simple PS4, a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro, the light will first start to dim down (staying white) and when it shutting down the internal components, it will start to blink.
Why Should You Clear Your Caches on PS4?
There are many threads and chat boards on the internet that claim that cache can be cleaned and the performance can be increased as well by long pressing both the upper trigger keys (L1+R1) when booting up a game. Many threads refer to Rockstar Games (creators of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Red Dead Redemption (RDR) series) as being the developer, which suggested users use this fix to clear out the cache and increase game performance of the console.
While not all of this has been proved to make a difference, we suppose you could try it out and see for yourself if any difference in performance can be seen. As of this, there is no other hack or way to clear out the cache or increase the performance; the internal hardware of the PS4 should suffice whatever game or task you throw at it.
Also Read: How to Delete Games on PS4?
If you are looking for a quick fix to enhance your PS4’s performance then clearing out the cache is the perfect solution for you. As described above, two methods can be used to clear out the PS4 cache. One of the methods just removes the data of cache from the game you are playing and does not affect the saved data of the game in any way. On the other hand, the other method deletes the whole data that has been saved in the memory of the PS4. Hopefully, this guide on how to clear the PS4 cache to fix issues will help you sort out any minor performance problems.
Simply put; turning off and back on again (also restarting) your PS4 can clear out its cache in a matter of minutes. We all know the wait you have to go through to watch the PS4 power down, but the wait is worth it because it can give you a cleaned cache and revitalized performance for the next rounds of Fall Guys or Call of Duty: Warzone.