Like the Roku and Chromecast, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now capable of playing the video and music files from a USB drive or another computer on your network. With this PS4 you can also run local music files in the background while playing the games.
Now let us discuss about file types and codecs supported by PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 supports some file types and codecs which are mentioned below. If you want to play any music or video file then they must be transcoded into PS4 supported file like Music files must be in either AAC format i.e.M4A format or an MP3 format. Photos can be in BMP, JPEG, or PNG formats. Video file formats and their specifications are explained below
MKV File Format:
- Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
- Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital).
AVI File Format:
- Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
- Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
MPEG-2 TS File Format:
- Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2
- Audio: MP2(MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
- AVCHD: (.m2ts, .mts)
MP4 file Format:
- Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
- Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
How to use the correct file system on your USB?
In order to play the music and video files on your PlayStation, plug a USB drive into your computer and the drive must be formatted with either FAT or exFAT file system as PS4 doesn’t support NTFS file system. If you try to format your drive with NTFS file system then you will be popup with an error message. Now right-click on the drive in Windows and select ‘Format” option. This lets the drive to use exFAT file system if it’s currently using NTFS. Before performing this operation, it is necessary to backup the data as this will erase all the files on the drive.
Location of audio and video files:
Audio files must be located in a folder called Music and it not a problem for a PS4 to detect them, but the video files can be located in any folder and they have to be placed in a separate folder but not on the root of the drive. You can create any folder for videos such as “Videos” folder and the same process can be continued for images.
How to use PS4 media player:
After the completion of above process remove the USB drive from your computer and plug it one of the USB slots of PS4. In order to play music and video files with your PS4 launch the PS4 Media Player app on your PS4 and USB drive will appear as an option. You can find the PS4’s “Media Player” app icon in the PS4’s “content area”. Now select it with the help of your controller and launch it. Even though if you haven’t installed the media player app the icon will still appear here, and it will take you to the PlayStation Store and from there you can download the app for free.
Now select your USB drive and browse to the music or videos. While playing a video, you can use L2 and R2 shoulder buttons to rewind and fast forward. To open a playback control panel use “Options” button. By pressing the triangle button you can view information about the file. If you are not interested in connecting USB drive directly to your PS4 then you can stream videos and music from a DLNA server to your PlayStation 4.