PlayStation 4 owners rejoice. The PlayStation 4 system update 4.50 (Codenamed Sasuke) is now available. The next time you switch on the PS4 console the update will be ready to install. This is a major noteworthy update, full of nice upgrades for your PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Perhaps what is the most important piece of the update and what every PS4 owner has been asking for since the system’s release. Is External HDD Support, gone are the days where you must juggle which games are installed on the system.
Before this update the only way to increase the amount of storage space available on your PlayStation 4. Was to manually exchange the hard drive that came with the system, usually a 500GB or 1TB drive, with a larger capacity drive. The only issue was that the largest capacity drives that fit the PlayStation 4 (usually the 9.5mm laptop drives) is only 2TB. A great alternative that I currently use for my original frost white PlayStation 4 is the Nyko Data Bank, but requires you to switch the PS4’s HDD plastic cover with one that sticks out and is noticeable.
PlayStation 4 System Update 4.50 Highlights
External HDD Support is one of the many nice features this system update brings to the table, below are some of the highlights. If you want all the details for the PlayStation 4 System Update 4.50, use the links at the end of this post.
External HDD Support
PlayStation 4 owners have been asking for this feature for a very long time, and now it’s finally here. The PS4 now supports external hard drives, just plug in a USB 3.0 external drive into the system. Up to an 8TB external hard drive may be used. The drive must be formatted before it can be used by the system. After that it will be available as “Extended Storage”, and you can download and install applications directly to it. Recently launched apps that are stored in the external storage, will still be visible in the Content Launcher on the Home Screen, just like any other app. Saved files are still stored in the local PlayStation 4 HDD.
3D Blu-Rays on PlayStation VR
For owners of the PlayStation VR headset, this update will bring the ability to play 3D Blue-Rays. You will now be able to watch 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D with your VR headset. This is something I want to try, currently saving up for a PlayStation 4 VR headset.
Boost Mode (PS4 Pro only)
This feature is only available for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Boost Mode can be enabled from the system menu under Settings > System. This feature works for most legacy titles that don’t have the “PS4 Enhanced” feature. This allows the game to take advantage of the system’s meatier CPU and double sized GPU. And it may also result in shorter load times.
Because who doesn’t want to add they favorite in game screenshots as their Home Screen background. If you are using a super bright background, you can add drop shadows to the text and icons of the Home Screen, and there is also a dim function. This will keep everything nicely visible always no matter what type of background you use.
There’s plenty more features packed into this update, but to me the most important one is the external HDD support. As many of you already know XBOX ONE owners have been enjoying this feature right from the start. Let us know what you think about this update, and be sure to check out our game play videos (soon to include PS4 Pro) on our YouTube channel.