23 April 2021
Sony has announced the release of the first major PlayStation 5 software update. It is simply referred to as "PS5 April Update" and brings a few noticeable changes. The biggest one is support for external storage devices so that you can have more games available for you to play straight away. This feature was first reported about a couple of months ago and is here now.
But before you get too excited, we would like to make it clear that PlayStation 5 April Update only allows moving games from the console's internal storage to the external storage. It does not let you install and play games directly from the external device. Sony says this limitation is because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra-high-speed SSD. This is also the reason you will not be able to download games to your USB storage device either.
The process will be to download your desired PS5 game to the console's storage and then move it to the connected external storage device. Now whenever you feel like playing it, you will need to transfer it back to the console's storage. Sony says "it is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc."
Other than this, the software update brings a few new social features. The new version will allow PS5 and PS4 players to Share Play together while having party chats. This essentially means support for sharing your screen with the other player and even pass your controller virtually to that player. PS4 players will be able to experience PS5 games directly from their consoles.
The team has made improvements to Game Base, quickly disable in-game chat audio or adjust the volume level, pre-download game updates when in rest mode, hide games from Library, adjust screen magnification, and a new screen for trophy settings and stats. The update rollout has begun and it should land on your PlayStation 5 anytime soon.