PlayStation 4 owners in need of additional storage space are about to get another option for adding some. The console’s next major system software update “Sasuke,” aka version 4.50, will finally allow PS4 owners to hook external hard drives up to their consoles, Sony announced today.
“With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD,” wrote PlayStation Vice President of Marketing John Koller. “Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.”
The update enables PS4 owners to hook HDDs with up to 8TB of space on them up to their consoles. Players will be able to download and install updates right to their external drives and access them through the PS4’s content launcher on the home screen. Any saved content will be adjustable through the system’s settings menu.
Users who are enrolled in PlayStation’s beta program won’t have to wait for Sasuke in order to start using external drives. In fact, they won’t have to wait at all: they can begin using external hard drives today.
The PlayStation 4’s storage space has always been expandable due to each system’s 500GB or 1TB hard drive being removable and replaceable. This gave PS4 owners a storage expansion option that Xbox One owners did not have, as that console’s drive was not replaceable. Since 2014, however, the Xbox One has supported external drives.