Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

External Hard Drives Finally Supported for PS4

External Hard Drives Finally Supported for PS4

The PS4 System Software Update 4.50 brings external HDD support, along with some other welcome feature.

You can also move content from the internal HDD to the external. Console storage has never been great, but with games sometimes taking up more than 80GB a pop, it hasn't been hard for people to fill up the storage that came with their device. This feature will only be supporting external hard drives that are up to 8 TB in size. Software can be downloaded and installed directly onto external storage, and the saved contents can be managed through the settings menu. Text and icons will have drop-shadows on them so that they can be seen even on bright wallpapers.

You can also edit the images in the application of Photo Mode of SHAREfactory to make the modifications.

It wasn't on Sony's official list of new features for the PlayStation 4's version 4.50 update, but the console just got a new "boost mode", along with other additions.

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It's meant to improve performance for all games, even if they haven't been patched to support it. Instead of covering around two-thirds of your game, the quick menu will only cover half of the gameplay screen. That can fill up a 500GB or 1TB HDD quickly if you play a lot of different games. Instead of using tabs such as Game Alerts, Downloads and Uploads to specify the nature of a notification, 4.50 will push all notifications to a single, simple list. Post anything to PSN Sony is expanding the social capabilities of its PSN multiplayer network to let you post anything into the Activity Feed.

Sony is giving gamers one feature that's been highly requested since practically the release of the PlayStation 4 and that's external HDD support.

Early reports from popular gaming forum NeoGAF claim the likes of Yakuza 0, Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege, Bloodborne, and Until Dawn have seen marked improvements on the PS4 Pro. And about time too, as Xbox One owners have been able to do this for a while. The software update is codenamed Sasuke and selected beta users will receive an email with instructions on how to get started.

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