Sony Adds External HDD Support to PS4

Posted February 04, 2017

PS4 System Software Update 4.50 will also be adding support for external HDD, the ability to set screenshots as custom wallpapers, and a simplified notification system. 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. There doesn't seem to be any special trick to it: Just plug in any USB-enabled hard drive, and the PS4 will treat it as an acceptable form of storage. With the new update, there is now support for external HDD's up to 8TB.

You can download and install games and applications directly to the external hard drive, and they'll show up on your homescreen alongside anything stored on the internal hard drive.

This version of the system includes important new features very much demanded by the players.

Sony also has more features planned for 4.50, so expect to hear more about the update as a general release draws closer.

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One of the most notable new features is external hard drive support, a highly requested feature. Now it'll be possible to use your favourite in-game screenshot, edited or untouched, as the background image for your home screen.

The support will come in the next PS4 system update, which is available for beta testers at the moment.

The upcoming update will bring PS4 software's build number to 4.50 and it has been dubbed as the "Sasuke" update. Unlike the Xbox One S, which can produce slightly improved performance than on a standard Xbox One, games don't play any better on a Pro without an update. The ballooning size of new game releases means a large library can fill the PS4's HDD, forcing the deletion of older titles to make way for new ones. Once the update has been downloaded, 3D Blu-ray movies can be watched with the VR headset.

Thinking about sinking $399 into a PlayStation 4 Pro because you're anxious the standard PS4's 500GB of storage won't cut it?