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Sony Gives PS4 External Storage Boost

Paul Rubens - February 3, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Sony Gives PS4 External Storage Boost
A new PS4 system software update will allow users to expand storage capacity with USB drives.

(CCM) — Sony PlayStation 4 users will finally be able to add external hard drive storage to their consoles when they apply the next system software update, the company has revealed. Microsoft's Xbox One console already supports external storage, but until now PS4 users have had to replace the internal hard drive to expand their consoles' storage capabilities. Following the update it will be possible to plug a USB 3.0 external drive with up to 8TB capacity into the console. Software can be downloaded and installed directly onto external storage, and the saved contents can be managed through the settings menu.

The new update also adds the ability to set in-game screenshots as background images for the PS4's home screen. Drop-shadows on text, and the option to dim the Function Area, will help keep the system icons and text on the home screen clearly visible even if the background image is bright, Microsoft says. Version 4.50 also brings changes to the Quick Menu to make it more accessible, and the tabs in the Notifications app have been condensed into a simplified list, making it easier to see all notification in a single glance. The new system software is being made available to beta testers today, and will be rolled out to all users in the near future.

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