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How to Upgrade the PS4 Pro Hard Drive December 18, 2018

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Happy Holidays everyone! Sony’s PS4 Pro currently ships with a stock internal storage capacity of 1TB. After owning one for nearly a year, that amount of storage just wasn’t cutting it anymore. We need to upgrade the internal storage of the PS4 Pro! Thankfully this is permitted by Sony, and this procedure can be performed without voiding the system’s warranty.

So how do we upgrade the PS4 Pro’s internal Hard Drive? You’ll need:

  • The PS4 Pro
  • A PC or Mac
  • A 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (exFAT Formatted)
  • A 2-4GB USB Thumb Drive (FAT32 Formatted)
  • A Phillips Head 00 screwdriver

The PS4 Pro accepts 2.5″ SATA 6.0GB/s Hard Drives, so you’ll have to get a drive that meets those specifications. We are going to do this procedure with a 2TB mechanical drive. You can also install a Solid State Drive (SSD) using this method, provided it fits the 2.5″ form factor.

We broke this procedure into two parts to make it easier for all of you. In part 1, we focus specifically on the prep work. Everything you need to do BEFORE taking your PS4 Pro apart is in this video, please watch before starting the process. If you would like a direct link to Sony’s PS4 firmware download page, you can click here. Regardless if you plan to back up your data or not, you WILL need the PS4 firmware to get your PS4 working after replacing the internal storage.

With prep out of the way we will now move to Part 2. This is what you’ll need to know to take the PS4 Pro apart, replace the internal drive, and get the PS4 working again after the drive has been replaced. We follow it up with how to restore all your data from the old drive using a backup.


Tales from IT – That Time I Unboxed and Updated 50 iPads in One Day December 17, 2018

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If you’re here because of the title, it pretty much speaks for itself. One day while working on a long-term IT assignment, I was asked at the last minute to set up iPads for fifty people. They had to be unboxed, put into cases, and updated. Since these devices were arriving system locked, preventing unauthorized users from setting them up and accessing the home screen, they could only be updated with iTunes. I was told all fifty iPads had to be ready by 7am the next morning. How did I do? What did it take? Did I make it? Watch and find out.

With the exception of maybe Louis Rothman, has anyone ever done this?

Date Nite – Into the Spider-Verse Review December 13, 2018

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We’ve been covering the ongoing news about Spider-Man for the PS4 for some time now and that is because the game is really that great. Marvel Studios did not have a Spider-Man feature-film in theaters this year, but Sony Pictures Animation has. Into the Spider-Verse is a 3D animated film following the character of Miles Morales, a boy who gets the powers of Spider-Man at the same time his dimension collides with the Spider-Heroes of other universes.

Our host, Maniac, was unable to convince a single person he knew to accompany him to the film. Sony Pictures, it seems, has still left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths following The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Is this film worth watching? Was Sony able to produce a decent film? Do not worry, this review contains NO SPOILERS. Watch it and enjoy.

Tales From IT – How I Became Known as a Major Company’s iPhone Guy December 11, 2018

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Did you miss us? We are back with an all-new Tales From IT, where our host reveals some of the biggest challenges and greatest successes he’s had working as an IT consultant. Today we will be showing a new side of IT, the one where a company gives you room and board to work for them.

Maniac has fifteen years of iPhone experience but rarely uses it in a corporate setting. It just so happened that a major company he started working for exclusively used iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and the people using them would be in regular need of repairs and upgrades. Since most of his peers at the company were Android exclusive users, they had a disadvantage troubleshooting Apple’s quirks.

The second day of work, a third-party software update was released that bricked a large number of older phones and put them in an endless shutdown loop. Maniac was asked to fix them and if possible to recover the important data locked in each of the broken phones. He succeeded. Within two days his peers referred to him as the “iPhone Guy”. How did he do it? Watch the video below to find out!

Luigi’s Mansion 3DS Unboxing October 13, 2018

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Luigi’s Mansion was another one of those games we regretted missing out on back in the day. Now, Nintendo has finally brought this classic GameCube title to the 3DS, the same place its sequel was released on. What a better way to celebrate Halloween?

Here’s our unboxing of the 3DS game in glorious 4K UHD!

Now can Nintendo finally get around to re-releasing the GameCube games Pokémon Colosseum and its sequel Pokémon XD Gale of Darkness?

Luigi’s Mansion is out now for Nintendo 3DS systems.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 1 and 2 September 25, 2018

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Spider-Man was our most anticipated gaming title in all of 2018 and it did not disappoint. Join us as we play the game and share some exclusive information about the game, the history of the character, and a lot more.

All footage is provided with live video commentary and streamed from a PS4 Pro.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively on PlayStation 4.

Spider-Man Collector’s Edition Unboxing September 15, 2018

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Spider-Man was released on the PS4 just over a week ago, but all retail Collector’s Editions of the game sold out months earlier. We were lucky enough to secure a preorder for the game, but due to the fact that Insomniac warned players the NOT to open the Collector’s Edition until after completing the game we decided not to record an unboxing of the CE until we had completed it.

A week later we are ready to take a look at this game and give it the unboxing it deserves in glorious 4K. Be aware there will be a very big spoiler in this video.

We will do a review and comparison of the two art books in the future.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Date Nite – Making of a Tomb Raider Review September 12, 2018

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Tonight, Cinemark theaters across the US held a special one-night-only event and Maniac attended it. Making of a Tomb Raider was a special documentary in the same vein as shows like Ultimate Beastmaster and Ultimate Ninja Warrior. A professional athlete and base jumper was tasked to replicate some of the same challenges Lara Croft made famous in her classic games. People who attended the premiere were promised exclusive DLC that could be used in the full retail version of the game.

So how was the documentary? Was it worth the price of a full movie ticket? What did everyone else in the theater think of it? Were there any issues at the theater? Watch our exclusive review below and find out.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming September 14th, 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

How to Get September’s Legendary Pokemon Codes from Best Buy September 4, 2018

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As we reported previously, this month’s Legendary Pokémon distribution is taking place at Best Buy retail stores across the country. Unlike GameStop stores which are far better suited for these events, it can be very confusing for gamers to get these free codes from a large store. Where do you go, who do you talk to, and what do you do if the person who you’re talking to has no idea what you’re talking about? Maniac went to Best Buy to get answers.

You can read all the details about the Legendary Pokémon promotion here.

Shenmue I and II Unboxing September 3, 2018

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Apologies for not having a lot of original content on the site last week. A week ago, we recorded an unboxing of the PS4 version of Shenmue I&II in glorious 4K. However, due to technical issues with uploading 4K content, we were unable to upload the video until now.

This is going to be more than just a simple unboxing. We are going to look at the packaging, the disc and the included poster all while talking about the franchise’s past, present and future.

Shenmue I&II is out now for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.