If you want to use your PS4 to play media files like videos, photos, and music files on an external storage drive, the files’ formats should be supported. If not, you can use MiniTool Video Converter, a PS4 video converter, to convert them to supported PS4 video formats. Besides, this post shows you some other choices.

Things Need to Know When PS4 Plays Videos/Photo/Music from USB

Nowadays, not only can you use PS4 to play games, but you can also use it to play music files, videos, and photos. Since 2015, you can even use PS4 to play media files that are saved on an external hard drive or USB drive.

Recommendation: You can also use PS4 to play DVDs. Here is a guide: Can PS4 Play DVDs? If Yes, How to Play DVDs on PS4?

When you want to play media files from a USB drive on your PS4, you should pay attention to these two important things: the files’ types and codecs you want to play on your PS4 and the file system of your USB drive.

That is,

  • Your PS4 can only play some certain formats of media files. So, you also need to make sure that the media files in your USB meet the corresponding format requirements.
  • The USB drive you connect to your PS4 should use the file system supported by PS4, otherwise, your PS4 can’t read your USB drive and the files in it.

Here comes some questions:

  • What kinds of media files’ formats are playable if you want your PS4 to play videos from a USB drive?
  • If you are using PS4 unsupported video formats, what should you do to solve the issue?
  • What kinds of file systems are supported on PS4?
  • If your USB drive is using an unsupported file system, how to convert it to a supported one?

These are the questions worth mentioning if you want to play media files on your PS4. If you don’t know, you can refer to the information we will show in the following parts.

Supported PS4 Video/Photo/Music Formats

If you want to use the PS4 media player to play videos, photos, and music files that are saved on your USB drive, you need to make sure that the media files’ formats meet the following requirements:

For details, please refer to the following content:

PS4 Video Formats

Note: Your videos should be in a folder named Videos on your USB drive. Then, your PS4 system can successfully recognize these videos and play them.

MKV format requirements

Video H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
Audio MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)

AVI format requirements

Video MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
Audio MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)

MP4 format requirements

Video H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 5.2 (PlayStation®4 Pro only)
Audio AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital), LPCM

MPEG-2 PS format requirements

Video MPEG2 Visual
Audio MP2 (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital), LPCM

MPEG-2 TS format requirements

Video H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2, MPEG2 Visual
Audio MP2 (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)

Other supported PS video formats include AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts) and XAVC S™ (.mp4).

PS4 Music Formats

Note: Your music files should be in a folder named Music on your USB drive. Then, your PS4 system can successfully recognize these music files and play them.

The supported PS4 music formats include FLAC, MP3, and AAC (M4A).

PS4 Photo Formats

Note: Your photos should be in a folder named Photos on your USB drive. Then, your PS4 system can successfully recognize these photos, allowing you to watch them.

The supported PS4 photo formats include JPEG (DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 compliant), BMP, and PNG.

PS4 File’s Formats Converter

PS4 Video/Music Converter

If your media files meet the above requirements, you can just move to the next part to check whether your USB drive meets the file system requirements for PS4.

But if your videos are not using the supported PS4 video formats, you may need to use a professional video converter to convert them to the correct video formats.

You can try MiniTool Video Converter, a dedicated and free tool for you to convert video and music formats easily and quickly. This software can convert both video and audio files to the formats you want to use.

  • The input video and audio formats include MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, M4V, WAV, WMA, AAC, OGG, M4A, AC3, M4B, M4R, etc.
  • The output video and audio formats include MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, F4V, SWF, M2TS, MP3, WAV, M4A, WMA, M4R, OGG. Etc.

Now, you can click the following download button to download this software and then install it on your computer for further.

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For example, MOV, WMV, M4V, and FLV are commonly used video formats in your daily life. But they are not supported by PS4. If you persist in playing them using your PS4, you can use MiniTool Video Convert to convert your videos to MKV or any other supported PS4 video formats.

Suppose that you want to convert a MOV video to an MP4 video, you can follow this guide to do the job:

1. Open MiniTool Video Converter.

2. Click the big add icon in the middle of the software and select the target video from its location. You can also directly drag the video to this software.

add or drag the target video to the software

3. Click the convert file to icon in the Target video section.

4. Select MP4 under Video and then choose the video resolution you want to use.

select output video format

5. If necessary, you can click the Edit button of the resolution you select and then choose the video codecs you want to use to customize a video format. Next, you can scroll down to select the customized one as the output video format.

customize a video format

6. Select the Edit icon of the corresponding video.

7. Name the output video and select the output location according to your needs.

edit video name and output location

8. Click OK to save the settings.

9. Click the Convert button in the video section to start the video conversion process.

10. When the video conversion process ends, you can go to the Converted section and click Show in folder to directly access the storage path.

Here are some tips:

1. Batch conversion

This software supports batch conversion. You can click the Add Files button to add more video format conversion tasks. You can also select Add folder to add all media files in a folder when necessary.

add more files to the software

2. Simultaneous convert task setting

This software allows 5 conversion tasks to occur at the same time. You can set the maximum convert tasks based on your requirements. You can click the hamburger button on the upper side and then go to Settings to modify the number.

set maximum convert tasks

If you want to convert your music files’ formats, you can also use this software. The operation process is the same as the process of video conversion. We will not repeat the steps here.

Here are two related articles:

If you don’t want to install a third-party video convert on your software, you can choose to use an online tool. If so, you need to make sure that your network connection is enabled and works normally during the whole conversion process.

As to online PS4 video converters, you can use HDconvert, Freeconvert, Online-convert, or Chipchamputilities.

This post introduces more information about these online video converters: Video Converters to HD 1080P Online Free | How to Convert. You can refer to this post to learn how to use them to convert PS4 video formats.

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PS Photo Formats Converter

You can use an online photo format converter to convert your photos to PS4 supported formats like JPEG, BMP, and PNG. You can search for such a tool on the internet by yourself. You can also try the tools mentioned in this post to convert your photos’ formats: Top 6 Best Online WebP to PNG Converters.

USB File System for PS4

Only FAT and exFAT formatted USB storage devices are supported on PS4. Your PS4 will not recognize your USB drive if it is NTFS formatted. If so, you need to convert it to a PS4 supported format.

Tip: PS4 supports both exFAT and FAT32. But exFAT allows you to save individual files larger than 4GB, while FAT doesn’t. In case that the video you want to save to your USB drive has a size larger than 4GB, you’d better choose to use exFAT.

If there are no important files, you can just go to Windows File Explorer to format the USB drive to exFAT. If there are some important files in the USB drive, you need to back up your USB drive before you format it.

format USB file system in File Explorer

There is another convenient method: you can use a professional partition manager to convert NTFS to FAT without data loss. You can try MiniTool Partition Wizard. You can find more useful information from this post: PS4 Can't Read USB Flash Drive, How Can I Fix It? (2 Cases).

How to Play Media Files on PS4?

When everything is prepared, you can connect your USB drive to your PS4 via a USB port and then use the PS4 media player to play the media files on your PS4.

  1. Launch Media Player on your PS4 and then you can see your USB drive on your screen.
  2. Use your PS4 controller to select the folder you want to play a media file in it.
  3. Select the target media file to play.

Buttons Instructions:

When playing a video

You can press the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons to rewind and fast forward.

You can press the Options button to open a playback control panel.

You can press the triangle button to view the file’s information.

When playing a music file

You can hold down the PlayStation button while you are in a game to access the quick media player controls. Then, you can quickly skip songs and pause playback.

Bottom Line

Just use the right PS4 video formats when you want to use your PS4 to play media files from your USB drive. Besides, you need to make sure that your USB drive is formatted to PS4 supported files systems like FAT and exFAT. When everything is prepared, it will be an easy job to play videos/music/photos from a USB drive on your PS4.

Should you have any related issues, you can let us you in the comment. You can also contact us via [email protected].

PS4 Video Formats FAQ

How to install the PS4 Media Player?
Even you haven’t install PS4 Media Player on your device, you can still see the Media Player icon on the screen. You can just click that icon and then you will access the PlayStation Store where you can download and install it on your device.
Is Netflix free on PS4?
You can free install Netflix on your PS4. But if you want to stream videos using it, you need to subscribe to it.
Can I watch movies on my PS4 without Internet?
If you have enabled the disc playback feature over the Internet before you play any DVDs. Then, you don’t need to use the internet to play DVDs later.
How do you record video on PS4?
You can record gameplay by double-pressing the Share button on the controller while playing a game. Gameplay will record for 15 minutes by default. Or you can double-press the Share button a second time to stop the recording process. The recorded videos will be saved to Capture Gallery on your PS4.
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