Sony has today confirmed that in the upcoming PS4 System Software Update 4.50 PlayStation 4 gamers will be able to utilise external hard drives for the first time.
Currently the only way to increase a PS4 or PS4 Pro’s storage is to install an upgraded, larger capacity hard drive.
The news came via the , which detailed the inclusion of external HDD support, as well as a variety of new features. Speaking on the external hard drive support, Sony said that:
“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.”
In addition to PS4 System Software Update 4.50 delivering external HDD support, Sony also confirmed it will introduce custom wallpapers on PlayStation 4 systems for the first time. Now users will be able to set their favourite in-game screenshot as the background image of the home screen.
Lastly, Sony confirmed that in System Software Update 4.50 it had also tweaked the PS4’s Quick Menu so that it was more compact, added 3D Blu-ray on PlayStation VR support, as well as simplified the Notifications menu, condensing all the tabs into a single streamlined list, making it easier to see all the notifications at one glance.