What You Should Do Before You Sell Your Sony PlayStation 4?


Sony’s landmark PlayStation 4 is one of the most sought-after consoles in recent history and remains in extremely high demand despite being released for over a year now. The PS4 has been plagued with retail issues, from component shortages slowing production to eagle-eyed scalpers snapping up limited stock and selling PS4s at a premium even with a year under its belt. 

Whether you’ve found a rare copy on sale, or you’ve managed to secure a second-hand deal, a PS5 is still a considerable investment to make, with the digital-only version’s RRP or £449 the minimum cost you’ll be able to find. As such, many prospective buyers are turning to the second-hand market themselves to sell their older systems and finance the new purchase.

To-Do List Before You Sell Your Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was one of the best-selling consoles of all time, second only to the PlayStation 2; it still has an active following, making it an easy console to sell. But before you sell your Sony PlayStation – and what may currently be your primary gaming system – there are a few steps you should follow:

1# Back-Up Your Saved Data

To-Do List Before You Sell Your Sony PlayStation 4

When preparing your PlayStation 4 for sale, the first thing you should do is back up all your saved data and media. Later you will be scrubbing your account from the console and performing a factory reset, which will result in the permanent erasure of data held in the PlayStation’s internal hard drive. There is more than one way you can back up your data. Perhaps the simplest is to use PlayStation Plus, if you have it – Sony’s online subscription, which allows you to play online and save your data to the cloud, amongst other things.

Uploading saves data for games you currently have downloaded as easy as pressing the Options button while hovering over a title and navigating down to Download/Upload Saved Data, and following on-screen instructions from there. If you’re going to be using your PlayStation a little longer before you factory reset it, visit the Settings menu, find Application Saved Data Management, and select Auto-Upload.

If you don’t have PS Plus, you can use a FAT-formatted USB hard drive plugged into the front of your PS4 to back up your data manually. Simply navigate to Settings, then Application Saved Data Management then selects Saved Data In-System Storage followed by Copy to USB Storage Device.

2# Deactivate Your PS4

Deactivate Your PS4

This ominous-sounding part of the process is, in fact extremely simple, and refers merely to the linkage of your PS account to your console. Visit Account Management, select Activate as Primary PS4, then select Deactivate. This separates the console from your account, making it possible for you to choose your new console as your primary device, enabling you to download games on it with ease.

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3# Initialize Your PS4

Initialize Your PS4

The last step is a complete factory reset, which will remove any trace of downloaded games and your account from the PS4 entirely. Before you do this, make sure you remember the login details to your PS account, as you’ll need them to re-open your account on a new console.

Go to Settings again, and select Initialization. Select Initialize PS4; this is the only option that will completely erase data from the hard drive and reset the system to factory condition. Just make sure you select Full, and you’ll be left with a PS4 that’s as good as new – as far as its software is concerned, at any rate. You can now safely sell your PS4.


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