The first big update for the PlayStation 5 system software will be released tomorrow, 14th April, bringing a whole bunch of new features and tweaks, both big and small. This includes a way to backup PS5 games on an external USB drive and improvements to the Game Base menu that houses both party chats and friends, and plenty more besides.
One thing that hasn’t been added is any support for an internal NVME SSD expansion. Sony say they are currently still working on the feature (and in fairness, the options that could be compatible are still few in numbers and very expensive), but hopefully it’s a case of sooner rather than later. There’s also still the limitation that you can only have one external drive active at one time,
Right. Let’s dive into the changes!
- Store PS5 games on an external USB drive – Store PS5 games on a PlayStation formatted external HDD. This drive can host both PS4 games which you can play from the HDD and be a place to store your PS5 games, but to play PS5 games they will need to be copied back to the internal SSD. You cannot download a PS5 game directly to an external HDD. For more details, head to a dedicated FAQ here.
- Cross-generation Share Play – PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play across generations, meaning you can share your PS5 game with a friend who only owns a PS4. Options include screen sharing, virtually passing a controller, or playing virtualised local co-op.
- Request to Join Game Session – You’ll now see a list of joinable game sessions where you can ping a friend to get them to add you to their game session.
- Improved Game Base – This menu has been revised to have a Parties and a Friends tab, with a quick switch feature using the L1/R1 buttons.
- Turn off party notifications – Turn off party notifications on a party-by-party basis.
- Disable game chat – Quickly disable in-game chat, turning off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players.
- Adjust players’ volume – You also now have the ability to adjust the volume individuals in a voice chat, to balance incoming audio on your side of the conversation.
- Game update pre-download – Allows developers to seed patches to PlayStation 5’s that are on or in rest mode, having the files ready to install immediately as a game update is released.
- Customize Game Library – Search your library and hide games from view.
- Screen Zoom – Adjust the magnification of the screen in the Settings menu.
- New Trophy Settings – The level of trophies that results in automatic capture of a screenshot or video clip can now be customised — so you can now choose to only capture and save images/videos of moments when you earn higher-grade trophies.
- New Trophy Stats Screen – Check out the summary of your trophy level and status at a glance.
The PlayStation App is also being updated in the coming weeks to let you join a multiplayer session from the app, manage PS5 console storage, compare trophies and better browse what’s available in the PlayStation Store.
Source: PS Blog