PS5's First Major Update Includes PS5 USB Storage, New Social Features, App Update

04/13/2021 - 10:59 | By: Patrick Perrault
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The first major update for the PS5 is a pretty big one. To quickly sum it up, PS5 games can now be stored on compatible external USB drives, which is is probably the biggest improvement. There's also now cross-generation Share Play, the Game Base has been improved, there's a new Trophy settings and Stats Screen, and the PlayStation App has been updated. Let's cover it in full below:

What's New For the PlayStation 5?

The first and biggest addition to the PS5 is the ability to save games on compatible external USB drives. With this feature, players will be able to transfer PS5 games to USB extended storage and then back to the console's internal storage. It's great for anyone who doesn't want to have to continually redownload games when they aren't playing them. If you want to take a break but don't want to redownload the game, just put it on your USB extended storage for now. 

PS5 games sadly cannot be played off the USB external storage because PS5 games need the console's "ultra high-speed SSD", which makes sense. If you need more space, be sure to be on the lookout for when the PS5 will enable storage expansion via M.2 drives in the future.

As for other features, players will be able to Share Play together so that PlayStation 5 players can view their PS4 friends' games and vice versa. Players will play co-op games together virtually as well, which is pretty cool. You'll also be able to request to join a game session on the PS4, which is great for the unlucky souls that haven't been able to acquire the PlayStation 5 just yet.

 
 

The Game Base has been improved so that Parties and Friends can be easily switched to. You will also be able to turn notifications on or off for each of the parties you're in. This is good if you're super popular and have tons of friends that message you the moment you're online, and for everyone else too that have a few persistent friends.

As for the rest of the additions, game updates can be pre-downloaded, in-game chat can be disabled, and players' volume can be adjusted in the same chat. Libraries can now be searched and adjusted to hide games from view, there's a screen zoom, and there's a new Trophy Settings and Stats Screen that can be customized. For instance, you will be able to choose to capture and save images and videos of higher-grade trophies like Gold or Platinum, which will save some space. 

Last but not least there's some new features for the PlayStation App. Players will be able to join multiplayer sessions on their PS5 from the app, manage their PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with their friends, and finally sort and filter products in the PlayStation store.

The PS5 April Update will be coming out tomorrow. If you'd like to check out the full blog post, be sure to go here.

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