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The first major PS5 update coming tomorrow, allows PS5 games to be stored on USB sticks

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The first major system software update for PS5 rolls out tomorrow for consoles in all regions and brings improvements to storage, social features, and control and customization options. PlayStation Blog, the April PS5 update will allow players to store PS5 games on a USB storage device, share the game on PS5 and PS4 consoles with Share Play, and access a new Trophy Settings and Stats screen .

For its new storage solution, PS5 games downloaded to the internal SSD can be moved to compatible external USB drives. This is accessible from the in-game tile in the menu, using the options button. It is, however, a space saving measure rather than a permanent storage solution; PS5 games cannot be played on USB drives and therefore must be placed back on the SSD before they can be played. However, considering the relatively small size of the internal SSD and the more frequent need to free up space for new games, this means that you can delete games from the drive and put them back in much faster than downloading them again. entirely.

Sony notes that some games will support the ability to move only specific modes to disks, so you may be able to move the campaign to USB storage once you’ve completed it and keep the multiplayer on your. SSD.

As for that M.2 disk support promised which Sony has been talking about since before the console’s launch, the blog post simply says “keep you posted.”

In social features, cross-generation Share Play has been added. This means that PS5 users can now share their game screen with friends on PS4 during a vocal party. Basically, if you want to show Demon’s Souls to your friends who still haven’t been able to get a PS5, you can do that right now. Importantly, Share Play allows other gamers to try out PS5 games by “ passing them a controller ” and allowing them to take control of the game. As this is now an intergenerational generation, you can now leave it behind. a friend on PS4 trying the Astro game room. The system even allows a visitor to play cooperatively together in some games.

A “ Request to participate ” option has been added to appear on PS5 and PS4 consoles in social menus, for supported games. This makes joining games faster, rather than using in-game menus.

Improvements have also been made to the Game Base menu, which now allows you to switch between groups and friends, rather than stacking them on top of each other in a single list. You can also turn notifications on and off for specific games.

The audio menu adjustments allow you to completely disable in-game chat from the PS5 menu rather than the individual in-game menus, as well as adjust the volume for players you speak with. This means that you can strengthen your quiet friends or cut down on loud ones without asking them to change their own settings.A new option will allow you to preload future game patches, if the developer has enabled it. This will be part of the “automatic updates” settings.

A new system for trophies will allow you to customize when images and videos are captured when you unlock a trophy. For example, you can dictate that video clips are only captured if you unlock gold trophies, which will not only help capture the toughest achievements but also save space on all those 15+ clips. seconds. There is also a new Trophy Stats screen which displays a summary of your trophies.

Finally, the update allows you to customize your game library and adjust the menu expansion according to your needs.

Along with this major PS5 update, the PlayStation app is also in the process of being updated. The new features will allow you to join a multiplayer game on PS5 from the app, manage your console storage, compare trophies with friends and sort / filter products in the PS Store.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.


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