PlayStation 5 Gets First Major Console Update; Details Revealed

PlayStation 5 has been out for about 5 months now and it’s still as hard for people to obtain one as it was in November of 2020. The system hasn’t seen any major console updates since the console launched. Sony has finally arrived with a major update and put out a PlayStation blog post to discuss the new features.

To start, PlayStation has announced that you can now store PS5 games on external USB drives. “With this feature, you can now transfer your PS5 games to USB extended storage from your console’s internal storage. It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play. It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc.” This feature isn’t exactly what most people were looking for but it’ll still be there to use.

Sony also provided an update on when we can expect storage expansion to come to the PS5 which is the same update as before, they’re working on it and it’ll be coming in the future.

A new feature that I personally like is going to be implemented in the update and that’s the ability to do cross-generation share play through PS5 and PS4. “PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together.” The “request to join session” option also be available through both the PS4 and PS5.

The upcoming features are directly tied to personalization options for the PlayStation 5.

Improved Game Base – The Game Base menu has been improved for quicker access to important content and features. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to. In addition, you can turn notifications on or off for each of the parties you’re in.

  • Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume – You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players. Additionally, you can easily adjust the individual voice chat volume of other players in the same chat so you don’t have to ask your friends to lower or increase their mic volume each time.
  • Game Update Pre-download – Once it’s enabled by developers, title updates for games will pre-download to your console if the “automatic updates” setting is enabled and your console is on or in rest mode. This will let you start playing the latest version of a game immediately after the update’s release.
  • Customize Game Library – With the ability to search your library or hide games from view, it’s now easier to find content and personalize your view of your game library.
  • Screen Zoom – You can now adjust the magnification of the screen to suit your preference from the Settings menu.
  • New Trophy Settings and Stats Screen – The level of trophies that results in automatic capture of a screenshot or video clip can now be customized — so you can now choose to only capture and save images/videos of moments when you earn higher-grade trophies, like Gold or Platinum. We’re also introducing a new player Trophy Stats screen, where you can check out the summary of your trophy level and status at a glance.

This blog post ended by mentioning that there will be tons of new features coming to the PlayStation App. Features such as changing your console online status, saving products to your wishlist, and managing your PS5 console storage will arrive on the app within the coming days and weeks.

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