New PlayStation App Deletes PS5 Games Without Touching The Console
Sony is moving with the times and just given the PlayStation app a much-needed upgrade. Ahead of the PS5's release last year, the gaming giant promised to redesign the PlayStation app and bring it in line with the next generation of consoles. Aside from a sleek new look, Sony said the app would keep rolling out new features once the PS5 was on general sale. Now, you can delete PS5 games without needing to turn your console on.
In terms of companion apps, the PlayStation app (almost) does it all. From queuing downloads to organising your library and keeping up with friends, the ability to take your PlayStation on the move with the app is a big plus point. The first big update to the PlayStation app's new era came on April 14, but keen not to be left in the dust by its Microsoft rival, Sony is here to keep the new ideas rolling.
What is the PlayStation app update?
The PlayStation App version 21.4. is live now, and lets gamers manage their PS5 storage directly from the app. It means you can scrap titles you don't play without having to turn on your console. It's handy for when you're out and about with the need to free up some space. To make the most of remote storage management, simply leave your PS5 in rest mode - don't turn it off completely.
After you've deleted a game on the app, your console will turn off, complete the task, and then return to rest mode. Over on Reddit, some said they couldn't find storage management in their app settings, however, a workaround suggests re-linking your PS5 to the app. Elsewhere, there are plenty of snazzy features which are listed below:
- Sort and filter in PS Store to help you find what you're looking for.
- Compare trophies with friends.
- Manage your PS5 storage anytime from settings.
- Join multiplayer sessions on PS5 from game invites.
- Share images, text, and URLs from other apps to friends on PS App.
- Turn party notifications on/off.
- This update also includes fixes and performance improvements.
One of the big highlights is the ability to sort and filter. Depending on how many games are in your library, it can be a pain in the backside to manually scroll to look for the game you're looking for. The idea of joining multiplayer sessions from game invites is also putting an improved emphasis on playing with your mates.
The latest app update comes alongside the PS5 console update. Further helping manage our storage woes, the console has added support for external USB storage. Considering the PS5 was criticised for its pretty average internal storage - and looking at the size of games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - it's great news that Sony is listening to our grumbles. As the app continues to evolve, it remains to be seen what other quality of life improvements are on the horizon.
When the PS5 app was first unveiled, it was largely panned and even dubbed a downgrade from the PS4 companion app by some. As well as themes missing in action, there were critiques that a lot of the major functions were hard to find. While some still think the interface isn't living up to its true potential, the wave of new features are a step in the right direction. Even if it's not quite on a par with the Xbox app, Sony is out there and listening.
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