Gaming
Thu, 15 Apr 2021

PlayStation 5 is getting extended storage, cross-generation share play through a new update

PlayStation 5 is getting extended storage, cross-generation share play through a new update

Sony released a software update for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation App. The update brought new features and improvements like USB extended storage, new social features, and more.

Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 console released last year in November. It boasts features like ray-tracing, 825 GB SSD storage, 120 FPS on 4k displays, and more. This is the first major software update for PS5.

Storage expansion on PS5

Sony is giving an extended storage option for PS5 users through this update. Users will be able to transfer their PS5 games to a USB storage device from the console’s internal storage. Note that users cannot play those games directly from the USB storage. The games will have to be copied back on PS5's internal storage. Users also cannot download games directly into the USB storage from the PlayStation store.

Social features for PS4 and PS5

This update is bringing a cross-generation share play feature on PS4 and PS5. PS5 users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together. 

Sony is also adding a “Request to Join” option that will serve as a shortcut to send game invites thus reducing the time it takes to join a game. Joinable sessions from friends will also be visible on the consoles. 

PlayStation App features

Sony is also bringing new features to the PlayStation App for improved remote connectivity. Players will be able to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage PS5 storage, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store, and more.