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PlayStation 5's April update lets gamers move PS5 games to USB storage

Published: 13:58, 13 April 2021
Updated: 14:01, 13 April 2021
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A photo showing PS5 on the left side and PS5 Digital Edition on the right side with two controllers by them.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition (right)

The first major system update for PlayStation 5 is arriving tomorrow on consoles near you, and it's bringing a hefty list of improvements, such as the ability to move PS5 games to USB Extended Storage and the overhaul of the Game Base menu.

Only a few minutes after Sony posted a ' PS5 April update ' article on their Blog, their site crashed. This only shows how eager are PlayStation 5 users when new features are in question. Well, a couple of very useful tweaks here and there are coming in tomorrow's update, the first major one for Sony's PS5. Here are some of the most important ones:

PS5 Storage Expansion and Management (Still no M.2 support, smh)

Gamers will now be able to store their PS5 games onto their USB extended Hard drive, but only for archive purpose, as you can run a PS5 game only from the internal Solid-State Drive. It's not perfect but it beats the need to re-download a game.  

As for previously announced support storage expansion via M.2 drives, it's still TBA.

Sony PS5 screenshot showing a option to move PS5 game onto the USB Extended Storage I like to move it, move it!

Improved Game Base (We still don't fancy it)

Game Base is getting a facelift, and we salute this decision from Sony. We'll be able to switch between Friends and Parties tabs using L1/R1 with ease, and this menu will be much easier to navigate.

Request to Join Game Session (Invite me, bro!)

Wow, this feature is going to be used A LOT. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you're waiting for your buddy to get in a safe situation to send you an invite? Now it should be as easy as a press of a button. 'Through the Privacy Settings menu, you can modify who can interact with you through parties, games and messages.'

Game Update Pre-download (Finally.)

Games should now pre-download updates before you turn on your console from the Rest mode, as they should have from the beginning. This was really annoying, to be honest. We leave our consoles in the sleep mode so we can get back into the action as soon as possible only to find ourselves looking (and not believing) that a new update just popped up and started downloading. Why wasn't it downloaded in the Rest mode? Well, it seems that this (issue) could be a thing of the past.

Customize Game Library (Folders: "Are we a joke to you?")

PS5's UX is super-fast and eye-pleasing, but some things are just not so user-friendly. Take navigating your game library, for example. It's not that effortless to use if you own a lot of titles. Now it should be painless, with the ability to customize it, search your library and hide games from appearing.

Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume (Going dark)

Maybe not a game-changing feature, but this could be really useful in various situations when you're playing online with your squad, and need to kill the party chat in an instant. We like.

New Trophy Settings and Stats Screen (Nice!)

We're not trophy hunters, but the ability to choose to only capture and save images/videos of moments when you earn higher-grade trophies, like Gold or Platinum, could prove to be a storage-saver if you ask us. 

New Features for PlayStation App (We love it!)

The PlayStation mobile app is a really useful tool if you managed to scoop up a PS5, and now it's getting even more awesome features.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be able to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage our PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with our friends, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store. 

You can download PlayStation App for free from Google Play and the App Store. 

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