PS5’s first system update adds USB system storage for games

The very first significant system upgrade for PlayStation 5 gets here Wednesday, April 14, Sony Interactive Home entertainment revealed Tuesday. That upgrade will include brand-new functions, consisting of external USB storage assistance for PS5 video games and brand-new social functions that make it possible for cross-generation Share Play in between PS5 and PlayStation 4.

The most significant brand-new function being available in Wednesday’s software application upgrade is assistance for external USB drives for PS5 video game storage. The alternative will let PS5 owners move set up video games from the internal SSD to a suitable USB drive, and vice versa. The upgrade will not make it possible for the alternative to play PS5 video games straight from external USB storage, nor will it make it possible for the capability to update the PS5’s internal SSD storage.

Here’s Sony’s description of the brand-new function from the PlayStation Blog Site:

Shop PS5 Games on Compatible External USB Drives.* With this function, you can now move your PS5 video games to USB prolonged storage from your console’s internal storage. It’s an excellent method to extend the storage abilities of your PS5 console, and you can effortlessly copy your PS5 video games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re all set to play. It is quicker to re-install PS5 video games from USB prolonged storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc.

Due to the fact that PS5 video games are created to benefit from the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB prolonged storage. PS5 titles likewise cannot be straight downloaded to USB prolonged storage. Nevertheless, video games that you move or copy back to internal storage will instantly upgrade when appropriate. In addition, you can pick which video game modes you wish to set up (such as project or multiplayer) for choose titles that support the alternative.

PS5 will likewise quickly have the ability to Share Play together with gamers on the previous-generation PlayStation, PS4. Here’s Sony’s description of the brand-new function:

Cross-generation Share Play. PS4 and PS5 gamers can now Share Play together while talking in celebrations. This suggests PS5 console users can let their good friends on PS4 consoles see their video game screen, and even experiment with the PS5 video games through Share Play, and vice versa. Choices consist of the capability to share your screen with a buddy, pass your controller practically to a buddy, or pass a 2nd controller practically to play co-op video games together.

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Lastly, Sony assures brand-new functions for the PlayStation App for mobile phones. “Recently, we introduced the ability to save products in a wishlist, get notifications when your friends are online, and change your console online status,” Sony stated. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more, including the ability to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage your PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with friends, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.