SONY HAS PUSHED OUT a major update to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) that brings with it support for external hard drives and a new Boost Mode for PS4 Pro owners.
The PlayStation 4.5 System Update, codenamed "Sasuke", finally makes it possible for PS4 owners to expand the console's storage without replacing the hard drive inside it, adding support for to download and install games directly to USB 3.0 hard drives up to 8TB in size.
PS4 Pro owners are also being treated to a new Boost Mode, will offer improved performance for PS4 games released before the Pro console.
"This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro's faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU," Sony said in a blog post.
"This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz."
Sony notes that this feature doesn't work for all games and advises users turn off Boost Mode if they "experience unexpected behaviour during gameplay."
The PS 4.5 update brings an improved 2D mode to owners of Sony's PlayStation VR headset, which the firm claims will improve the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you're out of VR mode.
The resolution of Cinematic Mode on PlayStation VR is also getting a boost, with Sony noting "if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update."
Other new features include added support for voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows, Mac or an Xperia device, an 'Off Console' icon that tells gamers when a friend is logged in but away from their device and updates to the PS Messages and PS Communities apps on iOS and Android. µ
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