Media Player launches on PS4 today

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Read on to find a full list of supported file types and codecs

Hello PlayStation Nation! Every time we announce new features for PS4 here on PlayStation Blog, I love going into the comments to answer your questions and see feedback on which features people really like and which ones people still want to see. One of those questions I have been able to count on has been, “Where is our PS4 media player?”

If you were watching our E3 press conference pre-show, you probably heard the good news – Media Player for the PS4 will be available to download from PlayStation Store this evening.

A Media Player icon will appear in the PS4 content area, simply select the icon and you will be taken to the PS Store where you can begin the download.


The Media Player works with both your home server and when plugging a USB stick with media into one of the available ports on the PS4. Your home server will appear as a media option in the player automatically and finding your media is simple and quick. You may also simply enjoy music as background music on your PS4!

Of course, we know what you really want to see: look below to see supported video and audio file formats and codec details.

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File formats and codecs


  • 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)


  • JPEG (based on DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21)
  • BMP
  • PNG


  • MP3
  • AAC (M4A)


We know the Media Player has been a highly-requested feature for PS4 and we want to thank you for passionate feedback. I know the Media Player will be a favourite new feature for PS4 owners who love to use their PS4 as the entertainment center of their living room. What other features would you like to see come to PS4? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Thank you! Finally! YES!!!

  • It’s infected with cinavia though isn’t it? You probably don’t want to out and out say it, but you might as well pull of this bandaid up front.

  • Thanks so much for media support. It’s really appreciated. Hopefully in the future we can store media on the PS4’s HDD.

    A PS4 feature I’d really enjoy is the ability to keep my trophy screenshots forever associated with my trophies online. So if I delete a screenshot from my system, it stays online, ready to view and share at any time.


  • Awesome work, Sony.
    I’ll be splashing out £70 today when I buy the official “Golds” headset as a thank you.

  • I want to see the ability to use content manager with the PS4

  • Yaaaay finally although I may still purchase that Plex app eventually when it becomes available separate to the premium plex package :)

  • Thanks, this is good news. BUT, is there a support for external subtitle files also? (.srt .sub ) In Finland we use subtitles because not all people understand the original languages.That is a very important feature needed with video files! Without external subtitle support the videoplayer is almost useless :( This is needed in many countries, i know that. All of the nordic countries use subtitles.

    • Yes, I totally agree.
      As a fansubber, I’d love to use subtitles with my videos.

      There’s a way to put the subs in the videos… but it takes some work and time.

    • We need subtitles! Reason: deaf. Sony forgets!

    • In sweden we know english

    • totally agree with you. I downloaded the app and been testing it for about 1hr and it looks like there is no support to subtitles. I tryed also naming the dvix file as the srt file with no sucees. It’s really disapointing that such a needed feature will not be present.

    • It’s a must have in most EU countries…
      Can’t do much with it without .srt support.

    • Yoyoyo guys it does work. It reads srt files and you don’t need to convert anything such as mp4 to avi nor srt to dvix like you use to on ps3.I just used it now. All you need to do it press start and go on caption to activate it. If that doesn’t work then you haven’t put the srt file in the same folder as the mp4 video on your usb flash drive. If that’s not the case then maybe you haven’t named the srt file exactly has the mp4 video. The only down problem is the caption font it’s too big and tales high space on the screen. I hope this helps

    • @Dayo2k8 The PS4 app doesn’t give you the option to change the subtitles or audio (like dualaudio), you’re confusing between PS3 and PS4.

    • It does on my PS4..i wish I could show you a picture

    • Ohh i think I know the problem now.. I might be completely wrong but I downloaded mine from the US playstation store.. You guys probably used Europe’s. Maybe the versions are slightly different.. You might try and check if I’m right by deleting the current one you’ve downloaded and redownload from the US playstation store if you have an American account

    • Also in Romania we got subtitles at TV and cinema. Only children’s movies are dubbed in our local language. If i’m not mistaking, PS3 had a subtitle option.

    • I haven’t tried the media player yet, but if there is an issue with sub files…they can always be hardcoded…for want of a better remedy…

    • I figured it out, all you have to do is enable closed caption on setings–>acessibility–>closed caption. Then it will enable a new option “CC” in the video menu. It works!!

    • For those who want subtitles, i figured it out, all you have to do is enable closed caption on setings–>acessibility–>closed caption. Then it will enable a new option “CC” in the video menu. It works!!

  • It would be great to have CD playback. Yes, I know, but what can I say? I’m old and still have CDs.

    What I’d really love to see, though, is backwards compatibility. I’m not necessarily talking about PS3 backwards compatibility, but PSone and PS2 compatibility.

    Having said that, I do think Sony needs to rethink its strategy for PS3 backwards compatibility in the wake of Microsoft’s announcement in this area.

    • All PlayStation system till 4 (not sure about PSP, tbh) are really complex system, especially build for games. The 360 was not a standard PC like system, but still not as complex as the 3 or the 2. Creating a working emulator for the 360 is impressive, but not comparable to developing one for the 3 or 2.

    • @Slyazx If wizkids on the internet can make emulators, surely the guys at Sony can. Even if the Cell processor is a odd one.

    • @Sidone

      XB360 games are not emulated (it’s impossible to emulate a 3.2 GHz PPC on a 1.7 GHz x86), their main code is simply recompiled for the new CPU.

      Sony could try to do the same, but the Cell is not exactly an off-the-shelf PPC, and many PS3 games extensively use the Cell instead of the GPU for graphics operations. That’s why they make you pay for “remastered” ports like The Last of Us and Uncharted on PS4.

    • What about downloadable PS4 versions, but using the PS3 disc to allow it to run, the way COD Ghosts and others were done at the time of the PS4 release? But that would make less money, of course.

  • Awesome to see this finally happen. MKV support is especially appreciated, and this should make playing music a bit more comfortable too.

    I’d like to second Bulbatron22s interest in talk of PS1 and PS2 Classics compatibility though. With these media player functions, I think Classics support is the last of the features I really want to see implemented to still not be in. Hope we’ll see it some day.

  • Finally! I was very disappointed when I found out that this simple feature didn’t exist when I bought my PS4. Glad you finally realised your mistake Sony, and having the guts to rectify it.

  • Backwards compatibility. Not because I need it: you announced So Many Great Games I dont need to play old ones.

    Just for trolling Microsoft

  • MKV SUPPORT?! Now that is listening Sony! Much appreciated and for my dollars, better than backwards compatibility.

  • Thanks so much for media support,Hopefully we can store media on the PS4’s HDD.

  • I would love it if we were able to pay to change our PSN IDs!

  • Does it support subtitles in .srt files like the Xbox One media player?

    • I guess not, according to some users here… Shame, it’s a MUST HAVE feature for most EU users, I’d say.

    • It does 100% I’ve checked it

    • Let me know if it still doesn’t work for you

    • @Dayo2k8 how did you get subs to work?

    • Also wondering how you get them to work.

    • I’ve found out the main problem.. You need to go to ps4 general settings>accessibility>closed caption> then choose display caption. And when you start your media player and a video. Press start and on the bottom right you’ll see closes caption.. Enable it hope that solves it

    • so yeah, it does work, BUT if your language has spacial characters such as á é then it doesn’t show up. For example a hungarian word which looks like this: média lejátszó (means media player) it will appears like this: mdia lejtsz. So it skips all these charaters. Any ideas?

  • Also, when are you going to add PSOne (and/or PS2) classics emulation? Take note that the competition is already offering partial backwards compatibility with the previous generation!

  • Only other thing to ask for the media player is FLAC support.

    • Agree.

      Apparently all the users have bionic eyes for telling between 1080p and 900p, but none with bionic eyes for discerning between .mp3 and .flac

      Please add the FLAC codec which is free source (

    • Yes, yes, and more yes. I was pretty disappointed to hear about getting AAC yet no mention of FLAC. FLAC kicks the butt of AAC and there is no reason I can see why we are still waiting for FLAC support.
      I can play them through my receiver, but not while simultaneously playing games. It would add a lot of quality to certain games like gta 5 on ps4.

  • TheWhiteHammer91

    Fist off let me thank you personally for this I’ve been waiting and knew it was around the corner. Secondly please please please make games bootable from external hdd, with limited disk space and games averaging 50+ gb, my storage is full and deleting games just to redownload later isn’t exactly what I want to do. I shouldn’t have to pick and choose, I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me.

    • Just buy a bigger hard drive i bought a 2tb for 120 on amazon its expensive but worth the price, all games plus more fit no problem.

    • Common-Street:

      That’s all well and good but my 2TB drive is 3/4 full now, less than 2 years into the lifecycle of the machine. When games can be 50GB or more it can fill up quickly. It’s a feature I’m very grateful for on my Xbone, but I buy most of my games on PS4 so it would really help.

  • No FLAC support, No DTS support, NOT interested

    • The same limitations as PS3 then. Having to split mkv files to accommodate FAT32 and convert DTS to AC3. I also get slight judder when watching movies on PS3 (24fps into 60hz doesn’t go) Is there an option on the PS4 media player to run at 24hz like they let you do when playing a physical Blu-ray?


  • No FLAC support? Aww. :(

  • We would like to see video chat come to the console please can you add this to PS4 would be great thing
    i like the media player it so cool

    I want to say thank you and hope you can bring video chat.

    When is the next PS4 Update coming.

  • Video Chat

    CDs to be played on console

    and a way where we can use are own Pictures and put them on the background would be cool

    Playstation Now app for uk would be great too

    thank you i loved the Media Player

    • PlayStation Now is currently in Beta in the UK. It’s gone from free Beta to paid Beta (£4.99 to rent a PS3 title for 2 days, £9.99 for 30 days).

  • Wonderful addition. The supported files are what majority of the people use. I love the inclusion of .mkv format. Thanks.

  • I just want to know one thing – DOES IT SUPPORT NTFS HDDs?

    • No, only FAT/exFAT, no NTFS :(

      And no DTS…

      And seems like no subtitles also :/

      So still lacking a lot to be usable for those with a decent audio system that aren’t native English speakers (or Americans who like foreign films)

    • NTFS is a file system developed by Microsoft, so you shouldn’t be suprised of not being supported by PS4 :)

    • And yeah, I’ve just realized that exFAT is developed by Microsoft too, so my argument is retarded, in fact :D

      Still, NTFS and DTS support would be nice :)

    • No NTFS support, but it supports exFAT, which solves the problem with low maximum file size :)

  • Thank you. Not to sound ungrateful but can we please have a media remote now as well?

  • Sooo I unplugged my external from my Xbox so I can use the ps4 and movie/game. Sadly it didn’t work. I figured OK reformat to exfat and I should be good. Nope. Does this media player only work for thumb drives?? if so that’s a bumer :( i am Finding it impossible to use at the moment. Its picking up the drive but says its empty……. I tried the DLNA feature and I can say it works but its really slow for my ps4 to get 27k songs

  • Good feature. Next up… an increase to the 1GB cloud storage please, or at least rebalance with the PS3/Vita allowances which are much harder to fill!

    • I can agree with this more. While 1GB sounds good, it’s not even close to enough, especially with games like Little Big Planet taking over 500mb (no joke) of that space. Really Media Molecule? That’s a bit excessive, isn’t it?

  • I’m was soooooo happy but It’s dosn’t downloaded on my ps4

  • Is there a possibility to build a search-mode for music on the USB to locate tracks fast and make a playlist of the music stored on the USB..?!?

    • The reason my music is on a media server is because of the amount of it, so Search would be great. But glad to have the means to play it now, cheers

  • Please allow watching streams of all Twitch games!

  • Please add subtitles *srt and *sub! :)

  • What about 3D support?

  • Come on mates, it’s 2015, give us flac support…

  • Fiiiiiiiiiinally. Thank you! It’s been too long coming, but better late than never.
    Now we just need an official media remote, and we promise we’ll leave you alone :)

  • This may sound a bit daft, but I think it would be a nice addition,
    With regards to the cloud storage,
    Making it possible to select multiple files at once to delete them, as it’s a royal pain in the behind having to
    Press delete
    Find file
    Select files
    Press delete

    Then repeat

    It takes forever if you have a load of old games on there you don’t want

  • Still no CDs support… come on :/

    • CDs died a long time ago, that’s like asking for LP record support :)

    • While you may think you are right about cds being dead, that isn’t true. I’m a musician and have 7 albums out. Cds are still quite popular when you compare physical with digital purchases, especially now that many bands are including extras with the cds.

    • @Midiboy – CDs are in fact deprecated. They’re old technology and there’s no room for them in the future. Regardless of whether *some* people still use them, they’re not the future – streaming services are.

  • While the addition of the media player is appreciated and long overdue what we have finally received after waiting over 18 months is a player still missing vital features as already mentioned in these comments. For the love of God how hard can it be to deliver a fully complete product day one. Another 12 months of pointless feedback from PS4 owners when Sony knows all to well what features we expect from a fully functional media player. Laughable.

    • Actually, Sony’s been pretty good at delivering things that were raised to them (such as Spotify support, in lieu of Sony’s own music service). If people actually directed their suggestions to Sony, they would probably pay attention and look at introducing new features. Instead, people moan on blogs and forums, hoping that Sony’s dev team look everywhere on the internet, all of the time.

    • Plus, the PS4 was never introduced as a media player system, it’s a games console. That’s exactly the angle that Sony were going for against the XBone, which *was* paraded as a full media center.

  • IPv6 – that’s the one thing that I want mostly.
    And maybe DVD / Audio CD playback will be also good.

    • Do you really need IPv6 on home networking (internal)? We’re running out of public IPv4 addresses, but an average household won’t need any more than 16,777,214 addresses per network.

  • Would be nice if it had subtitles support :(

  • It would be super-fancy if Media Player got Airplay-support so I can stream from my iMac : D

  • Wonderful! I hope subtitles and audio track select will be available soon.

  • Useless. You can watch movies from Netflix and listen to music from YouTube

    • …providing your tastes are generic enough that Netflix actually has what you want.

      Don’t be a sheep and limit yourself to just what Netflix places in front of you.

    • Listen to music from YouTube, surely Spotify would be more relevant?

  • Where I can download it? I don’t see “applications” link in ps store on web :( Same as themes :(

  • new features are welcome, thanks guys.
    skype would be too much asking??

  • What about “.srt” files support?

  • Anyone know what bit rates the MP3 playback will support?

  • I agree FLAC support please (but well done with MKV)

  • Everything’s great with PS4, thank you! Except web browser, I guess.
    Also, I myself would like to see more PS Vita support because it’s too early to be left behind. More AAA titles, bring Monster Hunter if possible. Helldivers is also a good game example for Vita, it’s fast-paced and has no long missions. I’d suggest bringing AirMech Arena and Magicka 2 to Vita as well.
    To me, Vita is swarmed with retro-styled simple games and JRPGs, that’s very sad. Take it seriously, Sony, I know it’s not lost yet.

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