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PS4 will soon support external 8TB hard drives

But only USB 3.0 hard drives will be supported

By Derek Strickland on Feb 3, 2017 08:17 am CST - 1 min, 32 secs reading time

Sony today announced a long overdue feature is coming to the PlayStation 4: external hard drive support.

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The new PS4 System Software Update 4.50 (aka Sasuke) will add support for external hard drives up to 8TB in capacity to all PlayStation 4 models (PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro) effectively allowing gamers to completely circumvent the most annoying feature of the current generation of consoles: too little storage for 50GB+ games.

There's one caveat, however: Sony seems to affirm that only USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hard drives will work for external storage. "With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilĂ , you now have more space on the console," reads a post on the PlayStation Blog.

"This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.

Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it's easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently."

I'm hoping that older USB 2.0 hard drives will work too, but we'll just have to wait and see what Sony says.

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The firmware update will also add custom wallpapers, a simplified notification list, quick menu refresh, and even the ability to play 3D Blu-ray movies on PlayStation VR.

No release date was announced for the update, but Sony will release more info "in the weeks to come."

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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