How to Play Subtitles on PS4 Media Player

Posted on Aug 10 2015 - 9:00am by Shak

Sony has finally released a media player for the PlayStation 4, only a year and a half after the console launched. The media player, if you’re not aware, should show up on your main PS4 screen, but you will need to first download it in order to use it. Sony has given users the opportunity this time round to play a lot of file formats, including the increasingly popular MKV container. However, despite allowing you to play these formats, the PS4 media player doesn’t at the moment (as of 10 August 2015) allow you to play the embedded subtitles in the files. You have to have external subtitle files named the same as the media file, in the same director. At the moment only external SRT files work, SUB/ASS/SSA/MKS files do not work.

So how do you do this with MKV files that you might already have? Here’s a quick guide to get you on your way.

  1. Download and install mkvtoolnix.
  2. Download MKVExtractGUI-2, extract into the directory where you installed mkvtoolnix.
  3. Download  and install Aegisub.
  4. Run MKVExtractGUI-2, set the input file to your MKV file.
  5. Select the subtitle file, and click extract. If this file extracts as SRT, skip to step 8. If the file is not an SRT file, continue to step 6.
  6. Run Aegisub and open up your subtitle file.
  7. Go to File menu -> Export -> and export the subtitle file as an SRT to convert it.
  8. Place this file, named the same as your video file, on to your USB stick. You will have to place any video files in a folder on the USB stick in order for the PS4 to recognise them.
  9. On your PlayStation 4 go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Closed Captions -> Check “Display Closed Captions
  10. Load the Media Player and play a video, press the Options button on the controller, select CC, and turn on. This option will not show up if you skip step 9.
  11. Congratulations! Your subtitles should now display.

There are also some advanced options for the subtitles in the Closed Captions settings, so you can change how they look. I am hoping that Sony will update the media player soon to support embedded subtitles, and more fonts and options for the subtitles as they look a bit garish as the moment.