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You can now save PS5 games to external USB drives

You can also store PS5 games on external USB storage, but you have to copy them back to your console to play

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Ever thought you were running out of space on your brand-new console after only downloading a handful of AAA games? Having an inner struggle over what game to delete every time you buy a new next-gen title? Well, worry no more, as Sony has good news for you.

Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 April update, which rolls out tomorrow, will give next-gen console owners a bunch of new storage options. The biggest change allows you to store next-gen games on USB extended storage. While you’ll have to copy games back across to your PS5 before playing them, Sony assures players that this process is “much quicker” than redownloading a game, although we suspect this will depend on your internet speeds.

All the best PS4 games will still be completely playable from your USB extended storage too, meaning that players who have raided the free PS Plus games (with a few next-gen exceptions) or Sony’s Play at Home lineup can store those games – and, crucially, play them – all from external storage.

This means that your precious SSD can be saved for those beautiful new PS5 games as we usher in the new generation of gaming. Copying games from your PS5’s internal storage to a USB device seems really simple, using the options button to select copy or move. PS4 games can also be directly downloaded to external storage, and you can go into the console’s settings to set this to happen automatically.

Other changes in the April update include cross-generation Share Play, a bunch of new customisation options for the PS5, and an overhaul for the PlayStation mobile app.

You can read more about the PS5’s external storage on the PlayStation blog, and check your USB device’s eligibility on Sony’s handy FAQ.