How to watch 3D movies and use the external hard drive on PlayStation 4

Sony has released a software update for PlayStation 4 that brings support for external hard drives.

Swapnil Bhartiya

Sony has released a software update (version 4.50, codenamed Sasuke) for PlayStation 4 (PS4) that brings many new features to the device, including the long-awaited support for external hard drives.

My PlayStation 4 Pro comes with 1TB of storage and it is at the brink of filling up. I only have 200GB of space remaining and the upcoming games — UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs — are going to eat it all up.

While my Xbox One allows me to plug in an external hard drive to expand storage, with PlayStation you have to manually remove the internal hard drive and then replace it with higher capacity one. This is a less-than-ideal solution for a majority of users.

The software update now allows PS4 users to connect any external hard drive (250GB minimum to 8TB maximum) to the PS4. If you're planning to get an external hard drive, get one with a higher speed.  

All you need to do is plug in the hard drive, go to 'Devices' and format the drive to be used as storage.

3D comes to PSVR

I am heavily into 3D movies. When we lived in Brussels, Belgium, we had a super expensive Plasma 3D TV that we had to leave behind when we moved to the U.S. as it was 220v. I didn’t find any reason to buy another super expensive 3D TV because there wasn’t enough content to justify the $2000+ price. However, when PlayStation VR (PSVR) came out, I had a glimmer of hope that it may support 3D content, given that it has two dedicated screens that can easily split stereoscopic content. Initially, Sony declined to comment on 3D support, but I knew it was inevitable.

It has happened. The 4.50 update brings support for 3D movies through Blu-ray disc. So if you have 3D movies, you can now enjoy them at home. The headphone jack on the PSVR already offers dynamic sound, so I am going to enjoy 3D movies on my device.

Play PlayStation games on your Macbooks and PCs

Did you know that you can stream PS4 games to your PC? Sony offers a PlayStation Remote app for macOS and Windows 10 that allows you to stream games from your PS4 and play them on your laptop or PC. All you need to do is to install the app, connect your DualShock 4 controller via USB and start playing games. Since the laptop works as a thin client like Netflix, all the heavy lifting is done by PS4, so you don’t need a super-powerful laptop to play games. The 4.50 update brings support for microphone so you can do in-game chatting with other players.

If you have PlayStation with VR, go ahead and update the software to get the new features.

I already love PlayStation 4 Pro because it runs on open source technologies, including FreeBSD and WebKit. Sony used to offer a partition on PS3 to run Linux on it. I hope one day PS4 will also get support for running Linux. Now with the support for 3D movies and external hard drive, PS4 has become my favorite device, along with Nvidia Shield TV.

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