Big news for PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 4 Pro gamers was announced yesterday via the PlayStation blog, including the addition of external hard drive support!
The new system software is now available for all PS4 owners to download!
The PS4 System Software Update 4.50 brings about a fair amount of long-time requested features, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Improved 2D images on PS VR
- 3D Blu-Ray on PS VR
- Voice chat for Remote Play
- Boost Mode (for the PS4 Pro only)
- Updates to the PS Messages/Communities app
- External HDD support
- Simplified notifications
- Custom wallpapers
You can read the full, official blog post over on the PlayStation blog, or you can watch the software highlights video here:
PlayStation 4 Pro Boost Mode
Boost Mode has been designed to improve general gaming performance for selected older games that have not been updated/patched to account for/utilise the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU & GPU.
Boost Mode should provide a noticeable improvement for these titles, bumping overall frame rates for games with variable frame rates and “can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz”.
You may even notice that games load quicker overall, due to the utilization of all of the available CPU resources.
“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.”
External HDD support
So, you’ve upgraded your PS4’s internal hard drive to obtain the max capacity you can? But you still need more space to store all those games? Sony heard you crying “MOAR STORAGE” and have included support for external USB 3.0 hard drives in the latest software update!
Even better, Sony’s support for external hard drives will allow you to plug in any USB 3.0 hard drive… up to the capacity of a whopping 8TB!
You’ll be able to download and install applications/games directly to the eHDD. It’s worth noting though:
“User save files are still stored locally on your PS4 HDD. Only games and applications are stored externally”