How to Play Videos From USB With PS4 Media Player

Posted on Jul 24 2015 - 12:30pm by Shak

Sony has recently released the PlayStation 4 media player to the world, which can be downloaded simply by clicking the icon on your main PlayStation 4 menu screen. Once downloaded, you might be thinking, how do I use this to play video files? After all, the PlayStation 3 allowed you to not only play videos, but also store them locally on the hard drive. Unfortunately the latter is not possible with the PS4 (yet!), but you can use a USB stick to play your favourite videos, and here’s how.

  1. Your USB stick needs to be in FAT32 or exFAT (the latter didn’t work for me, and NTFS definitely won’t work). This means that 4GB+ files may be an issue so cut them down to size if need be.
  2. Windows 7/8 don’t make it easy to format your drives to FAT32, so you will have to download a third party piece of software here: FAT32Format
  3. FAT32Format will allow you to format the drive very quickly to FAT32.
  4. If this still doesn’t work, you may have to go for a full format.
    • Go to Start Menu -> Type CMD in Search Programs and Files, right-click to run as admin [Windows 7]
    • Right-click Start button -> Select Command Prompt (Admin) [Windows 8/8.1]
    • Type “format i: /FS:FAT32” without the quotes, where i is replaced with whatever the USB drive is, be sure to get the right drive.
    • Press enter and it should start formatting, but it will take a few hours depending on the size of the drive.
  5. Create a folder on the USB stick, and place all videos into this folder. It doesn’t need to be called PS4, just needs to be a folder, else you won’t see anything.
  6. Audio needs to be in a folder called Music.
  7. You can now go into the Media Player and select the USB stick from the list to watch your videos. Media Servers on your network will also be listed here i.e. Plex etc.

Supported file formats

  • MKV
    • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AVI
    • Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MP4
    • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MPEG-2 TS
    • Visual: 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)

WMV is not supported yet, but this feature was added later on in the PS3’s lifecycle as there is a license issue. So this may be added in a future update. JPG, BMP and PNG photos are also supported.