How to Play Videos, Music, and Photos on Your PS4

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How to Play Videos, Music, and Photos on Your PS4

It's been almost two years since the PlayStation 4 (PS4) was released worldwide. One of the biggest issues people worried about at the time was the lack of media playback. Microsoft's Xbox One also launched without the same features, but quickly added them, supporting USB playback of popular formats for audio, video, and photos.

However this has changed 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.

(Also see: Sony PlayStation 4 Gets a Dedicated Media Player App)

There are just two main steps to using your PS4 as a media centre. Here are the steps you need to follow.

To install Media Player on a PS4 system

1. Switch on your PS4. Make sure you're connected to the Internet.

2. Select Media Player in the home screen or in the Library. Press X.

3. Choose Download. Press X.

After the file has been downloaded and installed, you can start the media player.

Playing content

1. Select Media Player from the home screen. If you have a USB storage device or a DLNA media server on the same network, it will be detected and show up automatically.

2. Choose the USB storage device or media server you want to play content from. Press X.

3. Choose the content that you want to play. Press X.

That's it, two simple steps and you can be listening to your favourite movie or watching your movies using your PS4.

You can continue to listen to music in the background even if you're playing a game. To do this, press the PS button, to return to the home screen, then start a game, browse the Web or run any other application normally. Your music will continue playing.

If you press and hold the PS button for at least one second, you can pause the playback, adjust the volume or change screen settings. As you'd expect, background music is not allowed when watching video clips or broadcasts. At the time of filing this story, the PS4 media player supports the following formats:

If you are using a USB storage device, you must save your files to a folder so that they will be recognized by the system.

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
If you are using a USB storage device, you must save your files to a folder so that they will be recognized by the system.

JPEG (DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 compliant)

BMP

PNG 

Music
If you are using a USB storage device, you must save your files to a folder named "Music" so that they will be recognized by the system.

MP3

AAC (M4A)

The update list of supported formats is always available on the PlayStation website.

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