Sony today released a first major system software update for the PS5 which adds some much-needed features. The one that stands out is the ability to now store PS5 games on compatible external USB drives.
“With this feature, you can now transfer your PS5 games to USB extended storage from your console’s internal storage,” Senior Vice President, Platform & Management at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Hideaki Nishino stated on the PlayStation blog. “It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play. It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc.”
This is not to be confused with the PS5’s storage expansion which Sony is yet to enable. This update does not allow players to play from the compatible external USB drives. Sony is expected to release an update this summer that will let players install and play games from compatible external SSDs.
The PlayStation app which was revamped when the PS5 was launched has also been updated with new features. Products can now be saved in a wishlist and a you can get notifications when your friends come online. Sony promises to roll out more updates in the coming weeks which will let users manage their PS5 console storage directly from the app and also carry out a lot of other new features.
You can access the full update log on the official PlayStation blog.