Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announces that starting April 14, PS5 will receive its first major software update, which will include the ability to transfer game data to a compatible USB, as well as share play between PS5 and PS4. This update will also add a host of user experience enhancements that allow for greater control and customization.
The new USB storage option expands the capacity of the consoles, and will allow users to play their games from this external storage.
As for share play between generations, players will be able to enjoy a game from tomorrow while chatting in a group. This means that PS5 users can allow their PS4 friends to view the game screen, and even try PS5 games through share play and vice versa. New options include the ability to share a screen with a friend, pass the controller to them virtually, use a second virtual controller to play cooperative games together, and more.
On the other hand, the Game Base menu has been improved with faster access to the most important functions, as well as the possibility of deactivating the game chat or adjusting the volume of the players. Game library customization tools have also been included and access to the screen zoom control has been made easier, as well as other new trophy and stats screen settings.
Additionally, SIE has announced some updates that the PlayStation App will receive over the next few weeks.
How to expand PS5 storage by USB drive?
The process is the same as always, connect the unit to the console and format it in Settings> Storage> Extended storage> Format as extended storage. If you have used that same unit on PS4, it will not be necessary to format it. However, the USB device must meet some requirements, including SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps support and have a capacity between 250 GB and 8 TB.