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Among the many features coming soon in the upcoming software update v.4.50, Sony will add external hard drive support to PS4. With the use of a USB 3.0 hard drive up to 8TB, PS4 owners will be able to expand their collection of applications much easier.
While it’s very simple to change the original PS4 HDD to another one, this new feature is really needed for gamers who want to keep their many games and apps on their console, and won’t have to delete old content to make up space for new one.
According to the post on PlayStation.Blog, “you can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.” In other words, while the saved files of each user will still be saved on the main PS4 HDD, gamers will have the option to save games and apps on external HDDs.
Sony also announced the addition of custom wallpapers, Quick Menu Refresh, simplified notification list, posts on the PSN Activity Feeds, 3D Blu-rays on PSVR, and Boost Mode.
According to a Sony representative via Polygon, “Boost Mode lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed for smoother gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro (and has not been updated to support PS4 Pro). Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too.”
[Sources]: PlayStation.Blog: PS4 System Software Update 4.50 Features Detailed; Actualización del sistema 4.50 de PS4. Detalles de las funciones. Polygon: PS4 Pro ‘Boost Mode’ improves performance on games without Pro patches (update).