The PlayStation 5’s first major system update is coming soon. The update allows players to host PS5 games on an external hard drive and add new social features to the console.
Sony launched the PS5 in November and has only released smaller system tweaks since then. The company is calling the upcoming update the dashboard update “main” first. It is set to release globally on Wednesday, April 14.
The update allows players to store their PS5 games to a USB external hard drive, albeit with a bug. Unable to play PS5 games on the hard drive due to the system’s extremely high speed SSD. Games also cannot be downloaded directly from the PlayStation Store to the drive. Games transferred back to the console from the drive are automatically updated. Sony reaffirmed that M.2 drive support is still working.
The update brings new social features, including intergenerational play, to the system. That allows PS5 players to share their screens with PS4 players while chatting. PS4 and PS5 players will now be able to more easily join each other’s game sessions with an additional “Request to Participate” option.
The console has a number of new customization options, allowing players to adjust sounds in game chats, allowing “pre-downloads” for game updates, and screen zoom adjustments. The console’s game base feature will be tweaked to allow players to switch more easily between their friends and team lists.
Along with the system update, Sony will update its PlayStation app over the next few weeks. The update will allow players to join multiplayer games, manage console storage, and more from the app.
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