PlayStation have announced a major update to our much loved PlayStation 4 consoles and we are no longer restricted to the storage capacity that the console has.
For owners of the original PS4 500GB models this is something that has been requested and dreamt of since the consoles release.
This major system software update for PlayStation 4, version 4.50 (codenamed SASUKE), was released on the 10th of March 2017, a product of gamer feedback.
As with the external HDD support, custom wallpaper has been added as a feature, but that isn’t all this update has to offer. Here’s a look at some additional features heading to your system.
From this article, you will now know that 4.50 allows to download and store PS4 games and apps to an external HDD. Simply insert your USB 3.0 HDD into your console, and select it from ‘USB Storage Devices’ from ‘Devices’ in Settings to format it so it’s ready to use (note, any previously stored content will be wiped from the HDD).
Once formatted via the PlayStation system your external storage is ready for game time. (Note: compatible HDDs need to be USB 3.0 or later, between 250GB min – 8TB max.
The HDD will now be the default download location as long as it’s plugged in; you can select the PS4’s internal storage instead on the ‘Storage’ section in Settings. You can easily move your internally-stored games and apps across to the HDD by selecting ‘Applications’ in ‘Storage’, press the ‘Options’ button and select ‘Move to Extended Storage’. You’ll be able to choose which games and apps you want to move.
To safely remove the HDD, hold down the PS button on your controller and select ‘Sound/Devices’ and then ‘Stop Using Extended Storage’ from the Quick Menu.
Sony PlayStation have advised that there is no guarantee that all USB storage devices are compatible with your system.
But wait… there’s more. PSVR has also got some newness going on.
If you’re playing a game in PS VR, and you return to PS4’s home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks lower than normal on the TV ‘Social Screen’. Following this update, you’ll find that the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode.
Also, the resolution of Cinematic Mode on PS VR will improve – if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the framerate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.
PS VR will now support Blu-ray 3D discs. You will have the ability to watch them in stereoscopic 3D via your headset.
Sony have also added voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia device. If you’ve got a gaming session planned with your friends, but you’re away from your system, this update makes it seem like you’re right at home. You can switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.
There’s also a variety of off-console apps and features that make communication with other gamers easier, like the PlayStation App and PS Messages. An added icon, shaped like a smartphone, which indicates a player is logged into PSN but away from their console.
Ready for a much more personal PS4 home screen? Head to Settings, then select Theme. From here, choose ‘Custom’ and select any screenshot and set it as your new PS4 home screen wallpaper.
Also there’s a new option to better personalise your Profile page. If you’ve selected a custom cover image, your PS4 will generate a choice of supporting colours based on that image to change the page’s background colour to.
And Sharing just got better. You’ll now have more choice on what you want to include on your Activity Feed, letting you create custom stories with text, screenshots, player and game tags. Find the post tool on What’s New, your Profile or Content Info Screen.
In addition, you can now change the privacy settings for individual posts. You can alter who sees your Activities via the same-named tab in the Sharing Your Experience section of Settings, while you can decide the level of privacy for videos, screenshots, broadcasts, PS Store and PS Music when you go to upload them. But worry not, you can also alter who gets to see that content after the post has been shared.
Hover over a game title icon and press the Options button. You’ll be given the choice to ‘Upload / Download Saved Data’ from the the PS4’s home screen that let you upload the saved data on your PS4 to PS Plus online storage and download the saved data from PS Plus online storage to your PS4 with ease.
From Capture Gallery to SHAREfactory – select your chosen screenshot or video in Capture Gallery, and by pressing the Options button you’ll have the choice to go straight into SHAREfactory and start editing.
We all know the magic of GIFs, so get the GIF love in 4.50, as you can now share GIFs from SHAREfactory to your Activity Feeds.
PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU. This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz.
Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. Keep in mind that Boost Mode is not guaranteed to work with all titles. Turning the setting off will allow the game to be played in a mode that replicates the standard PS4.
You can turn on the Boost Mode from the PS4’s Settings menu. Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘System’, then scroll down to ‘Boost Mode’ and tick the box to turn Boost Mode on.
PlayStation also updated the PS Messages (for Android and iOS) and Communities apps (for Android and iOS) tomorrow with a few handy features. When you receive a Party invitation from your friends on PS Messages, now you can respond with a quick reply, “I’ll join later” or “Sorry, I can’t join,” when you want to get back to them asap.
Also On the Communities app, you can now easily check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services. With the Communities app, iOS users can tell at a glance if there are any new posts in their community by checking the badge app icon (the number in a red circle at the top-right corner of the app’s icon).
So go for it it. Update your PS4 or PS4 Pro with confidence and in the knowledge that you can have an up to 8TB powerhouse of gaming goodness!