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PlayStation Blog: PS5 April Update brings new storage options and social features

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The first major system software update for the PS5 console is rolling out globally tomorrow, and it’s packed with new features and improvements. Our team is passionate about enhancing your experience on PlayStation in every possible way, so here’s a glimpse at what’s coming for PS5, PS4, and PlayStation App:

PS5 Storage Expansion and Management

  • 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.

  • Because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB extended storage. PS5 titles also cannot be directly downloaded to USB extended storage. However, 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: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5-extended-storage/.
As previously announced, the PS5 console will support storage expansion via M.2 drives in the future. We’re currently working on this feature and will keep you posted with any updates on PlayStation Blog.

New Social Features for PS4 and PS5 Consoles

  • Cross-generation Share Play. PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. 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.

  • 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. Through the Privacy Settings menu, you can modify who can interact with you through parties, games and messages.

Enhanced Control and Personalization Options for PS5 Consoles

  • Improved Game Base. The Game Base menu has been improved for quicker access to important content and features. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to. In addition, you can turn notifications on or off for each of the parties you’re in.



  • Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume. You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players. Additionally, you can easily adjust the individual voice chat volume of other players in the same chat so you don’t have to ask your friends to lower or increase their mic volume each time.
  • Game Update Pre-download. Once it’s enabled by developers, title updates for games will pre-download to your console if 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. We’re also introducing a new player Trophy Stats screen, where you can check out the summary of your trophy level and status at a glance.

Image cropped to showcase new Trophy Stats screen

New Features for PlayStation App

We’re also introducing a myriad of new features for PlayStation App to make it easier than ever to connect with your console experience remotely. Recently, we introduced the ability to save products in a wishlist, get notifications when your friends are online, and change your console online status. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more, including the ability to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage your PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with friends, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store. You can download PlayStation App for free from Google Play and the App Store.


We’re only scratching the surface of the many updates and improvements we’ve made across PS5, PS4, and PS App, so check them out and let us know what you think!



https://blog.playstation.com/2021/0...ings-new-storage-options-and-social-features/
 
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Kuranghi

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I think you juuuust missed it pal, my condolences:


Yours is better though so I vote to keep yours.
 
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Foorbits

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I think you juuuust missed it pal, my condolences:

This OP is much better. Mods should delete the other.
 

Robins

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I think you juuuust missed it pal, my condolences:


This is the better post though.
 

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Edit: You can disable the Mic on the controller by default, I was lazy and never looked.

Normally don't care for System Updates but these 3 are really nice additions.

  • Improved Game Base. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to.
  • Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume. You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players
  • New Trophy Settings and Stats Screen.


Being able to see Friends in the Quick Menu should have been there from the start.

Disable Game Chat is a GODSEND. I barely use my PS5 but when I do, I keep forgetting that the Controller has a bloody microphone that is automatically on (maybe there is a setting to always default to off, I haven't looked). I can't be the only one that joins lobbies where people are clearly forgetting to mute themselves too.

New Trophy Stats will be interesting, the current implementation sucked.
 
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I really hope the Suspend feature now works properly. I have to shutdown the PS5 completely because when I put the PS5 in rest mode while playing AC:Valhalla, the game disc isn't recognized when the PS5 is turned on again. Really annoying.
 

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I really hope the Suspend feature now works properly. I have to shutdown the PS5 completely because when I put the PS5 in rest mode while playing AC:Valhalla, the game disc isn't recognized when the PS5 is turned on again. Really annoying.

I wonder if this is a disc issue... or a game one... maybe both? I have the Digital PS5 and I haven't turned it off since I got it. It's been on Rest Mode through many games + Netflix/Disney+ and has never had an issue coming out of Rest Mode.
 

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My flatmate who has a PS4 Pro has been itching to play Demon's Souls on my PS5, is Share Play through a LAN indistinguishable from native playing in terms of lag and image quality or does it add noticeable lag/compression artifacts?
 
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Looks like some good changes - hopefully some stability improvements too for the occasional suspend crashes I get.
 

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The usb storage update is huge. Great to see that.

I expect that will make the life of many a PS5 owner a lot less stressful. LOL
 
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Time to buy amother HDD, would get an SSD but would rather save that money for an M2 when the time comes.

here are the storage requirements

USB extended storage requirements on PS5 consoles​

  • SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps or later.
  • 250 GB minimum, 8 TB maximum capacity.
  • Not all devices are guaranteed to work with the PS5 console.
  • You can't connect the drive through a USB hub.
  • Two or more USB extended storage drives can’t be connected at the same time. You can connect multiple USB drives to your console, but you can use only one at a time.
The following SuperSpeed USB connections are supported on PS5 consoles:

  • SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.0/USB 3.1 Gen1/USB 3.2 Gen1)
  • SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen2/USB 3.2 Gen1x2)
  • SuperSpeed USB 20 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2x2).
 
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I really hope the Suspend feature now works properly. I have to shutdown the PS5 completely because when I put the PS5 in rest mode while playing AC:Valhalla, the game disc isn't recognized when the PS5 is turned on again. Really annoying.
i close the game out and then put her in rest mode. no issues since day 1 doing this. i havent tried leaving the game open and resting but whats an extra click or two..good to see some welcome additions coming in
 

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Manage console storage from the PS App is great. It already had this feature but it was only available if your storage was almost full. This was one of the features I had sent as feedback, so glad it's in there now. I hope this also means you can copy screenshots and videos directly from the console via the app. Otherwise, i would like to see a feature in the future that you can use the cloud storage for screenshots and video's, accessible via the PS App.
 
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About time!!

Now i can use use my big drive. (Hopefully).

Hopefully some stability thrown in for good measure.
 

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I will certainly be using the cold storage feature. There are already some games I want to offload and not delete.
 

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Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
Agreed it took too long, but at least they're aware of what people want and are now showing some willingness to act on those expectations.

Good job, firmware guy.
I hope they're aware it's what people want. It's not like it wasn't a feature on PS4 where games could be downloaded directly to USB storage and updated on USB storage. But hey, good job Sony. At least it's better than nothing.
 
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Solid update. Really excited for the game base and trophy menu changes. Hopefully the trophies are more easily accessible as well! That’s my number one gripe, getting to trophies should be a click on the ps button away.
 

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Normally don't care for System Updates but these 3 are really nice additions.

  • Improved Game Base. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to.
  • Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume. You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players
  • New Trophy Settings and Stats Screen.


Being able to see Friends in the Quick Menu should have been there from the start.

Disable Game Chat is a GODSEND. I barely use my PS5 but when I do, I keep forgetting that the Controller has a bloody microphone that is automatically on (maybe there is a setting to always default to off, I haven't looked). I can't be the only one that joins lobbies where people are clearly forgetting to mute themselves too.

New Trophy Stats will be interesting, the current implementation sucked.

You can disable by default the mic
 
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Solid update. I was hoping for custom categories/groups for games, just rip off the Xbox implementation it is the best thing about their OS.

I hope the trophy details are now readable without 3 clicks.

Also. Please bring back holding the PS button to to access power options.
 

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My flatmate who has a PS4 Pro has been itching to play Demon's Souls on my PS5, is Share Play through a LAN indistinguishable from native playing in terms of lag and image quality or does it add noticeable lag/compression artifacts?
I dont know if there will be a difference in IQ, but i do know that Share Play has a time limit. I think its roughly an hour. I wouldnt want to play Demons Souls with the risk of dropping out once every hour.
 
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