PlayStation 4 update adds external HDD support

PlayStation 4 software Update

After a new PlayStation 4 software update users will soon finally be able to store game content onto an external HDD.

In a blog post, Sony revealed that in the upcoming 4.50 system software update, users will be able to plug a USB 3.0 HDD into the PS4 for extra storage space.

The console previously only let users swap out the pre-existing internal HDD for a new one. The system’s main competitor, the Xbox One, already supports HDD storage.

Other features confirmed for the update, which is codenamed “Sasuke,” include custom wallpapers, simplified notification lists and the option to post to PlayStation activity feeds, similar to Facebook’s status updates.

PlayStation VR users will also be able to watch 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the headset. On Wednesday, Sony had also announced that more VR bundles will be released later this month.

The update is available in try out to select users in PlayStation’s beta program. The company says that there are other additions coming in 4.50 that it will detail in the coming weeks. No launch timing for the update was given.

Update 02/04/16 2:44pm: Beta users have reportedly discovered one of the 4.50 update’s previously unannounced features. A “Boost Mode” for the PlayStation 4 Pro was found by PSN user Mladen Tapavicki, which is said to improve the performance of games that haven’t already been patched for enhancements from the 4K system.

YouTuber Noel Underson released a video showing horror game The Evil Within perform better when Boost Mode was enabled.

Update 2, 02/04/16 3:52pm: A Sony spokesperson has confirmed the existence of Boost Mode. 

When activated, it “lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro,” a company told The Verge. “Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too.”

Source: PlayStation