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PlayStation 5 Gets First Major Update

PlayStation 5 Gets First Major Update


The first major update for the PlayStation 5 has dropped earlier today. A recent blog give information on handy tweaks and improvements, as the update brings the likes of moving PS5 games to external devices and new social settings. Here are a list of the big changes.

PS5 Storage Expansion and Management

  • You can now store PS5 games on compatible 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.
  • While you can’t play PS5 games from your external storage, due to them being designed for the consoles SSD, games that you transfer or copy back to internal storage will automatically update when applicable. In addition, you can select which game modes you want to install (such as campaign or multiplayer) for select titles that support the option.
  • For tips on using USB extended storage on PS5, including storage device requirements, please visit this page.
  • News on the expansion port via M.2 drives, will be announced in the future.


New Social Features for PS4 and PS5 Consoles

  • There is now cross-generation Share Play support for PS4 and PS5 players. You can Share Play together while party chatting. 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. PS5 player can invite PS4 players to view or even play PS5 games and vice versa.
  • You can request to join game session. A selection of your friends’ joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, allowing for more gameplay opportunities together. The “Request to Join” option also serves as a shortcut to sending a game invite, reducing the time it takes for you to get into games with friends. 
  • Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume. You can now quickly disable in-game chat and even change volumes of induviduals too.
  • Game update pre-download can be added, when 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. A new player Trophy Stats screen, where you can check out the summary of your trophy level at a glance, has been added.


New Features for PlayStation App

In the coming weeks, the PS App will  be rolling out more updates, including:

  • ability to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app
  • manage your PS5 console storage
  • compare trophy collections with friends
  • sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store

As you may have guessed, this is only the beginning of the big updates. Expect more to be integrated in the coming months, as the likes of expanded storage via M.2 drives,  said to be happening soon. 

Stay tuned for more information soon on The-Arcade or via the PS Blog.