How To Play Videos, Music And Photos On Your PS4

It’s been almost two years since the PlayStation 4 (PS4) was launched globally.

One of the biggest concerns people worried about at the time was the deficiency of media playback. Microsoft’s Xbox One also launched without the same features, but quickly loaded them, supporting USB playback of popular formats for audio, video, and photos.

However this has transformed now, with Sony releasing a media player application for the console. It’s a free application you can download using your PlayStation 4, and you can use it to play videos, music and photos from a connected USB storage device. The Media Player can also display media content from a DNLA media server that is on the same network as your PS4 system.

PS4 Media Player – features

The PS4 Media Player lets you play a variation of video and music files, as well as display photos, from a connected USB storage or a network media server.

Music can be played in the back drop, meaning you can start playing music in the PS4 Media Player, hit the home button, and start playing the game while listening to the music. This is an attribute that had been gravely missing from the PS3.

PS4 Media Player supports more file types than the PS3 application, which is great but was honestly not a difficult record to break. PS4 Media Player supports the following file types, according to the documentation:

Videos

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)

Photos

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

Music

  • MP3
  • AAC (M4A)

PS4 Media Player – Installation & usage

The PS4 Media Player button should show up directly on your PS4 screen. If it doesn’t, search for “Media Player” in the PSN store. The download is pretty up-front. Once installed, you will need to link either a USB storage, or have a Media Server up and running on your network.

PS4 Media Player – Limits

The PS4 Media Player only accepts FAT formatted USB drives.

The official documentation lists the following limitations:

  • Both FAT and exFAT formatted USB storage devices are supported.
  • Be sure to fully insert the USB storage device into the USB port. In some cases, the device might not be well-matched due to its shape or design.
  • Depending on the state of the application or the system, playback might not be possible.
  • It might be difficult to play some files due to their data type or file size.
  • Some types of content distributed over the Internet and by other means have playback restrictions. For details, contact the content provider.
  • Depending on the media server, you might not be able to play certain types of files or perform certain operations during playback.

Picture courtesy- psu.com


by techtalks @TechTalks August 18, 2015 12:35 PM UTC

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