Sony wants to make it as simple as possible for users to swap out their PlayStation 4 systems when the PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro are released, and an upcoming update will help to ease the transition.
As part of the PlayStation 4 system software 4.00 release, which also will include folder capabilities and a UI refresh, Sony’s official site states that users will be able to to transfer your games, saved data, captured videos, screenshots, system settings, and more from a standard PS4 to a PS4 Pro using an Ethernet cable.
“This process will also work from standard PS4 to standard PS4, PS4 Pro to standard PS4, and PS4 Pro to PS4 Pro provided both units have system software update 4.00 or higher installed, and the same PSN account is signed into both systems,” an FAQ article about the PS4 Pro said.
The article also mentioned that users can log into PlayStation Network with their PS4 Pro, access their games and content library, and then re-download their previously purchased games or content. The saved data in online storage will also transfer.
The new method will surely save plenty of headaches from people who have tried to transfer data in the past, as the current process involves backing up the entire system to an external drive, and manually moving it to the new system. Downloading content through PlayStation Network is also an option, but of course unnecessarily complicated.
While there is no release date set for the 4.00 system update, there is a firmware update scheduled for next week, matching the launch date of the PS4 Slim on Sept. 15, which will add HDR support to current systems.