PS5 Update: Cross-Gen Share Play, USB Extended Storage and More

Sony revealed the contents of the upcoming console that hit PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 as well as the PlayStation App today.

Details about the update were shared in a blog post written by Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management.

PlayStation 5 owners will now have the option to transfer PS5 games to extended USB storage drives from internal storage.

“It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play,” Nishino wrote. “It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc.”

PS5 games cannot be played from the storage device, Nishino said, because the games are designed to take advantage of the specially built SSDs in the console. Additionally, the games will not be able to be directly downloaded to external storage, only transferred.

PS4 and PS5 players will be able to Share Play together while in parties, now allowing PS5 players to let PS4 players (and vice versa) view and play their games. Nishino said that players will even have the chance to virtually play co-op games together.

Games supporting the new update will also give players a “Request to Join” option, giving players a quicker way to hop into multiplayer games with friends.

A variety of enhanced control and personalization options were introduced in the update.

The PlayStation Game Base is improved, giving players a way to easily switch between parties. Toggle party notifications so you never miss a game night.

Players will have the chance to adjust or disable in-game chat for individual players.

Day One updates for upcoming games will be available to pre-load to consoles when automatic update settings are enabled.

Players will have the chance to search the game library and hide games from view.

New magnification settings are available in the Settings menu.

Trophy acquisition video/image capture has new customization options, allowing players to select which trophy types (bronze, silver, gold, platinum) will proc the image/video save. Sony also introduced a new Trophy Stats screen that gives a breakdown of player trophy progression at a glance.

Updates for the PlayStation app will be rolling out over the coming weeks, with new features including joining PS5 multiplayer sessions, trophy comparisons, and sorted/filtered products in the PlayStation Store.