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Sony has released a new system software update for its PlayStation 5 consoles. According to the official patch notes, the 21.02-04.50.00 update improves system performance. That’s it; there doesn’t appear to be any other notable changes.

The last major update (i.e., one that added new features) was 21.02-04.00.00. Released in September, the update officially unlocked the PS5’s M.2 SSD slot for storage expansion, among other benefits such as 3D audio through TV speakers.

PS5 users should see a notification for the new system software update when they turn on their systems. Otherwise, they can install it manually by grabbing the update file here and following Sony’s instructions:

  • Using a PC or Mac, create a folder named “PS5” on a USB drive formatted as FAT32. Inside that folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”.
  • Download the update file (button below) and save it in the “UPDATE” folder. Save the file as “PS5UPDATE.PUP”.
  • Plug the USB drive containing the file into your PS5 console.
  • Start the PS5 console in Safe Mode: press and hold the power button, releasing after the second beep.
  • Select Safe Mode option 3: Update System Software.
  • Select Update from USB Storage Device OK.

Source: Sony

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  1. “Improves system performance” is Sony’s default description for system updates. Most of the time we never know what the updates actually do.

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