Sony is finally updating the PlayStation 5 to allow for game storage on an external hard drive or SSD. The new PS5 system update, which is out April 14, will let you copy games off of your internal SSD to free up space for new downloads.
Like the Xbox Series X|S, PS5 games stored on an external drive won’t be playable until copied back to the internal SSD. Additionally, Sony says that new PS5 downloads will still require internal SSD space, since you won’t be able to download games directly to an external drive in the same way that you can with PS4 titles. Despite this, it should save you time, since copying a game over from an external drive will be faster than redownloading it.
With regards to internal SSD storage expansion, Sony reiterates that it is still working on support and that updates will be shared “in the future.”
The big PS5 update will also make changes across the PS5’s UI. You will now be able to share your PS5 play sessions with friends on PS4, and even allow remote play with the use of Share Play. You can also join multiplayer sessions from the PS5 dashboard, too, irrespective of if a friend is playing on PS4 or PS5.
Smaller changes are also being made to console settings. Sony is introducing game update pre-downloads which, when supported by a game’s developer, will allow consoles with Automatic Updates toggled on download updates before they go live, letting you continue playing uninterrupted. Sony has also added in screen zoom, a feature that was on PS4 that allows you to magnify the screen to your liking, which might be useful for accessibility purposes.
The PlayStation App is also getting an update which will allow you to manage your console storage and join active multiplayer sessions from your smartphone. The PlayStation Blog post features more details about the PS5 update, which should be available to download from April 14.