The new game systems on the market these days are quite impressive, but both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have one hitch that’s hard to overlook – most of the games that are downloaded take a great deal of space, anywhere from 1GB all the way up to 50GB. And considering both of these consoles ship with a general 500GB hard drive, they can fill up very quickly.
However, Sony has recently introduced a solution that will work along the same lines as what Microsoft provided to Xbox One owners a few months ago – the ability to back up data on an external hard drive.
Sony detailed this update in a recent PlayStation Blog post, indicating that it will go live tomorrow and introduce the ability to use a hard drive plugged in to the PlayStation 4 system. Although specific sizes weren’t mentioned, it appears that hard drives anywhere from 1TB to 3TB can be used.
According to Sony, using a hard drive lets users “back-up and restore your hard disc drive data associated with users on your PS4, including settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data, to and from an external USB drive.”
This is good news for players who, up until this point, were forced to update the internal hard drive on the PlayStation 4 console, which only supports up to 1.5TB in size. With this increase in space, more games can be downloaded, including premium titles like The Order: 1886 and the recently released Bloodborne.
The free update will also provide a number of requested features from players, including the ability to suspend and resume games with the push of a button (even after turning off the system), being able to find friends easier through the “Yukimura” social tools, and improved Remote Play performance.
The hard drive support is the biggest deal, as it allows players to keep their game libraries intact, while making room for new additions. And with more new games, like Shovel Knight and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, on the way, it’s definitely needed.
More details on the update can be found here.