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Sony PlayStation 4 Supported File Formats

This article lists the PS4 supported media formats. By reading the list before putting media onto PS4 will enhance your media playback experience.

Sony PlayStation 4 Supported File Formats

Thanks to “Media Player” app, which Sony added more than a year and a half after the PS4 was released, you can play video and music files from a USB drive or another computer on your network on PS4 with ease, just like the Roku and Chromecast.While, before your video, audio playback on PS4, what you need to consider the file format PS4 can support. Well, this article simply list the PS4 Supported File Formats for you as a reference.

PS4 Supported File Formats

Videos

When using a USB storage device, your video files need to be in a folder for your PS4™ system to recognize them.

  • MKV
    • Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AVI
    • Video: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MP4
    • Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MPEG-2 PS
    • Video: MPEG2 Visual
    • Audio: MP2 (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital), LPCM
  • MPEG-2 TS
    • Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2 Visual
    • Audio: MP2 (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts)

Photos

When using a USB storage device, your photo files need to be in a folder for your PS4™ system to recognize them.

  • JPEG (DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 compliant)
  • BMP
  • PNG

Music

When using a USB storage device, your video files need to be in a folder named "Music" for your PS4™ system to recognize them.

  • MP3
  • AAC (M4A)

Additional Tips:

To playback videos on PS4 correctly, besides the file format support, there are some other items you should note:

1. Use the Correct File System on Your USB Drive 


So you have the right files–now it’s time to get them to your PlayStation. To get started, plug a USB drive into your computer. The drive must be formatted with either the exFAT or FAT32 file system, as the PlayStation 4 can’t read NTFS. If your drive is formatted with the NTFS file system, you’ll see an error after you connect it to the PlayStation 4. It just won’t appear or be usable.
To double-check, right-click the drive in Windows and select “Format.” Format it to use the exFAT file system if it’s currently using NTFS. This will erase all files currently on the drive, so back up any files you care about before doing this. 

2. You Must Place Your Media Files in Folders 

Sony doesn’t mention this anywhere, so we bumped into this problem ourselves. If you just have a video file and dump it into the “root” folder of your USB drive, the PlayStation 4 won’t see it. Your files must be located inside a folder on the drive or your PS4 won’t be able to use them.

Audio files must be located in a folder called “Music” on the drive for the PS4 to detect them correctly. Video files can be in any folder, but they need to be in a folder and not on the root of the drive. You could put them in a folder named “Videos”, or create separate folders for different types of videos. LIkewise, photos must also be stored in folders if you want to view them, but any folder name will do.

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