One of the key differences between Microsoft and Sony’s console hardware is how you can upgrade the storage they use. Microsoft supports external hard drives for Microsoft Xbox One, while Sony allows Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) owners to open the case and replace the internal hard drive while external drives aren’t supported. That won’t be the case for much longer, though. With the rollout of PS4 System Software Update 4.50 (code named Sasuke), Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is.
The internal drive can still be upgraded if you so wish, but once Update 4.50 is installed it will be possible to plug in a USB 3.0 external drive of up to 8TB.
Once connected, a Sony PS4 will automatically recognise the new drive and allow you to start saving files and applications to it directly. It’s also possible to manage the storage from the settings menu and decide where data goes (internal, external, or online storage).
Other new features 4.50 introduces include custom wallpapers, allowing your favorite in-game screenshot to become the background for the Sony PS4 homescreen and dimming on the Function Area to help highlight the image.
The Sony PS4 Quick Menu has also been tweaked to make it more accessible, while the Notification List is simplified and condensed down to one list instead of multiple tabs, and 3D Blu-rays can be viewed in stereoscopic 3D using a Sony PlayStation VR headset.
For now, version 4.50 of the firmware is only available to those who signed up to Sony’s Beta Program. The official release does not have a release date yet, but SIE said it will happen “in the weeks to come”. Also, don’t forget this update will unlock up to 8TB of external storage on both Sony PS4 and PS4 Pro.