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PS4 gets external hard drive support, Pro gets ‘boost mode’ in tomorrow’s update

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James Bareham, The Verge

The PlayStation 4 is getting a major system update tomorrow that will add some much-anticipated features to Sony’s home console. Among the changes coming with version 4.50 of the firmware is a previously revealed “boost mode” for those with a PS4 Pro. According to Sony, the new feature “has been designed to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU.” The PS4 will also finally support the option to plug in an external hard drive for extra storage, a feature that was originally announced last month.

PS4 boost mode screen

The update includes a handful of other minor, but potentially useful additions to the PS4 as well. These include better 2D images for PlayStation VR, meaning that “the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode,” according to Sony. You’ll also be able to use voice chat when playing a game in remote play mode on PC or an Xperia phone (the PS Vita doesn’t appear to support this feature). Other features include support for custom wallpapers, a few tweaks to the Messages and Communities mobile apps, as well as a new status update that lets you know when a friend is logged in a mobile device and not their home console.

The software update will be available to all PS4 users starting tomorrow.