Sony has rolled out the first major firmware update for the PlayStation 5, which adds new storage and cross-generation play options – and apparently fixes a bug with Samsung TVs.
The update allows PS5 users to move installed games from the console’s internal storage to an external USB drive. While they can’t be played from external storage, according to Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management at Sony, moving them back to internal storage for play is easy.
“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.
“It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc,” said Nishino.
Also arriving in the update is the addition of cross-generation Share Play between PS4 and PS5, allowing PS4 users to view the screen or even play the games of PS5 owners in the same party; it also appears to have fixed an issue with HDMI 2.1 that left users unable to play in 4K HDR at 120Hz on some Samsung TVs released last year.
The update does not, however, add support for M.2 storage, though Sony has said it is “working on” the feature and will roll it out at a future date. The PS5 has an empty M.2 drive bay, which is located behind the face cover.