Updated: Update 4.50 is finally bringing external HDD support to the PS4
Update: New information has come via the Neogaf forums that there will be a ‘Boost mode’ for PS4 Pro included in this update. What that means is that older games that never received the upgrade treatment for PS4 Pro will now see an improved frame rate. Nice little touch for PS4 Pro owners with older games.
Original: Sony have done many things right when it comes to the PS4. It’s got the games, it’s fast, it’s powerful and it’s a breeze to develop on for developers, but there’s one particular thing we’ve all been wanting for a long time and that’s external HDD support. Well, count your lucky stars, because it’s now officially on the cards!
Update 4.50 will include that in the update, along with a whole load of other features. Here is what you can expect:
External HDD Support
It’s easy to upgrade the HDD that came with your PS4, but if you’re still looking for more storage space on the console, we’ve got you covered. With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.
This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.
Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.
This update adds the ability to set your favourite in-game screenshot as the background image for PS4’s home screen. Drop-shadows on text, and the option to dim the Function Area, will help keep the system icons and texts on the home screen clearly visible even if the background image you selected is super bright.
Quick Menu Refresh
As you may know, in the last system update we overhauled the PS4 Quick Menu feature (the menu that appears after a long press of the PS button on DualShock 4).
Simplified Notification List
Before this update, the Notifications app had a variety of tabs on the left-hand side, like Game Alerts, Downloads, Uploads, and more. We’ve condensed all of the tabs to a single simplified list, making it easier to see all of your notifications all at-a-glance.
Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds
We’re adding the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed, which appears in a variety of places across the console, including What’s New. Under What’s New, you’ll see a new option to post things like text, screenshots, and gifs directly into your Activity Feed. You can also tag games or other users to make sure they don’t miss your post. It’s a great way to show off your greatest triumphs.
Tying into to this new feature, Live from PlayStation will show screenshots that users uploaded to PSN as a Public Activity, so you can show off your best gameplay moments not only to your friends, but to users around the globe.
3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR
If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, we’ve got good news — this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 3, 2017
If you’re part of the beta program you can check it out right now. The rest will have to wait it out a little longer.