The PS5 has a storage problem, though the console’s first major system update looks set to help address that. Tomorrow, Sony will roll out a new PlayStation 5 update including several notable changes. Undoubtedly the most significant new feature is the ability to transfer next-gen games to external USB storage drives. Also included are features like cross-generation Share Play between PS5 and PS4, upgrades to built-in social features, and much more.
PS5 system update patch notes (April 14)
Here are the full PS5 update patch notes for April 14, 2021:
- PS5 storage expansion and management
- Store PlayStation 5 games on compatible external USB drives
- New social features for PS5 and PS4 consoles
- Cross-gen Share Play between PlayStation 5 and 4
- New “Request to Join” option for online friends
- Enhanced control and personalization options for PS5
- Improved Game Base provides quicker access to parties
- Disable game chat and adjust players’ volume
- Game update pre-download, where supported by developers
- New Game Library search and hide game options
- Customizable screen zoom
- New trophy stats screen and ability to customize trophy capture settings
It’s important to note that, much like next-gen Xbox Series X|S games on external storage, titles must be transferred back to the internal PS5 SSD in order to play them. This is because PlayStation 5 games utilize the console’s custom ultra-high-speed SSD and wouldn’t function correctly running from conventional USB storage.
Cross-generational Share Play is a great new feature for PS4 players that haven’t yet got their hands on a PS5. As of tomorrow’s update, it’ll be possible for PlayStation 5 owners to let their friends on PS4 try next-gen games via Share Play streaming.
All of the details relating to the latest PS5 system update are available via the PlayStation Blog.