This week, Sony put out the PlayStation 4.5 system update that brings a good amount of new features to the console.
As of yesterday, you’ll now be able to connect an external hard drive to the system and expand the storage. This is good news for anyone with a 500GB HD version of the console. And if you’re looking for a bit of customisation, you can now add in-game screenshots as wallpapers to the PS4’s menu.
If you’re playing a game in PS VR and you return to the PS4 home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks a bit lower than normal on the TV Social Screen. With this update, the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode. The resolution of cinematic mode on PSVR will improve and if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.
Sony is adding voice chat when using remote play on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. You can now switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the tool bar of the remote play app.
The PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select games that have not been patched to the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU. Boost Mode provides a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. Of course, not all games will be compatible with the new mode