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PS4 to get Boost Mode, external drive support March 9

Thursday's the day the "Sasuke" update will arrive, says Sony.

PS4 Pro controller

Sony says Boost Mode will speed up some titles that launched before the PS4 Pro hit the market.

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Been itchin' to rev up those older games on your PlayStation 4 Pro with the "Sasuke" software update and Boost Mode? Thursday's the day.

In a blog post Wednesday, Sony pegged March 9 as the date its gaming console will get the version 4.50 system-software update, which carries the Sasuke code name.

The included Boost Mode promises to speed up the frame rates and possibly load times on some titles that launched before the PS4 Pro and thus weren't designed to take advantage of the console's faster chips. You'll turn on Boost Mode by going to Settings/System.

Sasuke also includes support for up to 8TB on an external storage drive (connected over USB 3.0). That means you can keep more games loaded up and ready for play.

In its Wednesday post, Sony called out some additional features of the 4.50 update, including voice chat for remote play. You can read the post here.