Get your PS4 external hard drive support and PS4 Boost Mode in update 4.50, available now

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If you have a PS4 Pro, you can start boosting the performance of your old, unpatched PS4 games right now - and you can start installing them on external hard drives with either kind of system. PS4 update 4.50 is now live with PS4 Pro Boost Mode and external hard drive support, both features that fans have been asking for ever since the systems hit the market. My PS4 says it installed the update 3 hours ago - if you haven't gotten yours yet, try checking back in a bit.

PS4 Pro Boost Mode

While certain pre-PS4-Pro games have received custom-made updates to let them take advantage of the PS4 Pro's improved capabilities, many more haven't. By enabling Boost Mode in Settings > System, older games can achieve higher or more stable framerates and potentially even load faster. Not as cool as getting a hand-crafted graphical overhaul like in Horizon: Zero Dawn, of course, but still a pleasant upgrade.

PS4 external hard drive support

As for using external hard drives, it's blissfully simple after all that wait: you can now install any games and applications you want on an external USB hard drive up to 8TB in size. They'll still appear in the usual place on the Content Launcher and everything. If you're not sure which model to go with, check out our recommendations for the best PS4 hard drives and then consult our guide on how to use an external hard drive for extended storage on your PS4  to hook it up safe and sound.

Other new stuff

Hey, you can do voice chat via Remote Play on PC, Mac, and Xperia devices now! You can also set custom wallpapers from your game screenshots, try out the improved Quick Menu (that's the one that pops up when you long-press the PS button), and enjoy simpler notifications, among other tweaks.

Now if the next PS4 system update could stop it from lecturing me about proper shutdown procedures every time the power goes out, I think we'll be all set.

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