PS4’s major 4.5 update goes live today, includes external HDD support and Boost Mode for PS4 Pro

Last month Sony detailed some of the key features coming with the PS4’s 4.5 firmware update, including things like support for external hard drives and custom wallpapers. But according to a new post on the PlayStation blog, not only is the update out today on PS4 and PS4 Pro, there’s even more to the update than that.

First up, the blurb lists a few, slightly more minor additions. The first being a higher resolution home screen when coming out of VR mode, as well as a higher resolution for PS VR’s Cinematic Mode. There’s also some mention of voice chat becoming available during Remote Play, a new smartphone icon that lets you know that other players are “logged into PSN but away from their system,” and details about changes to the PlayStation’s companion Android and iOS apps.

Now for the good stuff, the PS4 Pro’s new Boost Mode. If you’re unfamiliar with the PS4 Pro, it features much beefier specs than the original PS4. This means that games played on the Pro should look much better, and run far smoother, as long as they have been patched or optimised to take advantage of the console’s improved hardware. What about games that haven’t been optimised? Well, that’s where Boost Mode comes in. Boost Mode will “provide 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.” The blurb also mentions that load times for some games will also improve thanks to the console’s upgraded CPU speed. You’ll find Boost Mode listed under your system settings.

That about wraps it up. Full details about the update can be found here.

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