First Major PlayStation 5 Update Adds Storage Options, Cross-Gen Share Play

The new PS5 update adds a number of customization options and brings cross share to the next generation.

The first big PlayStation 5 update will go live April 14 and add a number of new features, including limited extended storage options, new social sharing capabilities, and additional customization options.

The update allows PlayStation 5 games to be stored on external drives. However, they can't be played from there, and they won't receive updates on external drives. Updates will apply automatically when the game is transferred back to internal storage, and you'll have the option to choose which part of the game to transfer, such as a main campaign or a multiplayer mode.

Work on M.2 external drives that support the PlayStation 5's SSD is still ongoing, Sony said.

Speaking of updates, the PS5 update enables pre-download for game updates and substantial patches, so games are playable as soon as the patch goes live.

Share Play is getting the cross-generation treatment. All the Share Play features work the same as usual, including share screen and letting friends try games, for both PS5 and PS4 players. 

Some smaller enhancements include choosing when the system takes trophy screenshots, customization options for how game libraries display, and more options to control chat and voice settings.

The PlayStation App will be getting new updates in the next few weeks as well with updates to storage management and multiplayer options.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 13th 2021

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