How to Play MP4 video on PS4 from USB Drive?

Though PS4 is developed as game console, many people use it to watch movies. However, when playing MP4 on PS4, many people just encounter various problems, such as “PS4 won’t recognize MP4 from USB“, “PS4 Won’t Play MP4“, “no audio when playing MP4 on PS4“, “Can’t Play MP4 on PS4” or “PS4 can’t read some of MP4 videos“, etc. The following content just aims to explain why PS4 doesn’t play MP4 movies as well as provide an easy way to play all MP4 movies on PS4.

Sony PS4 is released in more and more countries, many fans have got this striking video game console, with it, we can play latest games on HDTV’s big screen. The Sony PS4 equipped with 4K resolution, eight-core X86 AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, built-in 500GB hard disk drive, read only Blu-ray drive and even video streaming function, you can get better enjoyment with the improvement of hardware.  Meanwhile, it cannot be neglected that PS4 will also serve as a good portable device for video enjoyment. However, PS4 could not play all MP4 videos.

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According to PlayStation support website, PS4 has strict requirements of MP4 files, only supports playing MP4 files encoded with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC):

  • Video in MPEG-4 SP (Simple Profile) and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.
  • Video in H.264/AVC HP (High Profile) and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.
  • MPEG-2 TS format with video in H.264/AVC and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.

While MP4 is a container video format which may contain various video or audio codec. If the MP4 video is not encoded with PS4 compatible codec, we will fail to stream MP4 to PS4 or cannot play MP4 on PS4 even if successfully transferred MP4 to PS4. In this situation, there is no other ways but to convert MP4 to PS4 supported MP4 for successfully playback.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate we all think could be the best professional one for transcoding all MP4 files. With it, you don’t need to worry about MP4 and PS4 compatibility problems. It supports converting all kinds of PS4 unrecognized MP4 files to PS4 more compatible MP4, AVI, MPEG-2 and etc. which is also playable on PS3. So this MP4 to PS4 Converter is also a MP4 to PS3 Video Converter. (Note: The MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, AVCHD, MTS, M4V, MOV files are all not supported by PS4, so if you have movies in these formats, the best way is to convert them to PS4 MP4 format.)

In addition to converting MP4 to PS4, this powerful PS4 Video Converter also can convert other video formats like iTunes videos, Youtube video, H.265/HEVC, XAVC, WMV, MKV, VOB, MPG, Tivo, WTV, FLV, MXF, MOV, M4V, RMVB, DV, TS, 3GP etc. to PS4 or other devices supported video formats. It even helps to convert PS4 unsupported audio like FLAC, OGG, Apple Lossless ALAC M4A, M4R, CAF, M4B, AIFF, APE, DTS etc to PS4 supported MP3, WAV or WMA as well as other devices supported formats. Except video converting, you can use this Video Converter Ultimate to download video from Youtube/Vimeo, rip DVDs, burn videos onto DVD discs on Windows PC, including Windows 10. 8.1, 8, etc.

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How to Convert MP4 to PS4 friendly format?

After run PS4 Video Converter software, you can see it has three main tabs: ConvertBurn and Download. Go to the Convert tab for our video conversion task.

Step 1. Load MP4 video

You can drag MP4 videos to the converter, or click the “Add Files” button to browse to your media library and load the MP4 video files from there. Except converting all kinds of video files, you can also load DVD movies and iTunes movies into the video converter ultimate and convert DVD & iTunes to Sony PS4, PS3, Android, Surface, BlackBerry, iOS device, Roku 3, Xbox 360/One, WDTV, etc. playable formats.


Step 2. Select PS4 video as output video format & device

Many PS4 users may not know the accepted video formats or audio formats by PS4. This video converter is so easy to use, as it has video and audio profiles made ready for PS4, so you do not need to find out what are the PS4 support video files. To select output video file for PS4, go to the Output Format section on the right hand side. Click to expand the video profiles list. You will then see the drop down list of all supported video and audio formats grouped by Favorite, Format and Device. The easiest way to pick up the PS4 compatible format is to go to the Device section -> Game, then click “PS4”. Along with Sony PS4, you can also find the video converter is also capable of converting videos to iPhone 6Samsung smartphones and many other mobile phones or tablets.


If you have multiple source video MP4 files and want to merge them into one single output video file, make sure to tick the “Merge all videos into one file” option. Another thing is to double check the “Output Folder” see if it is the directory on your hard disk you like to save the output videos. For professionals and advanced users, the powerful video converter has the capacity to allow users to customize the output video files, such as quality, video encoder, video frame rate, resolution, bit rate and so on.

Step 3. Convert MP4 videos to PS4

When you are ready, click the “Convert” button on the right bottom corner to convert MP4 to PS4 with highest quality. The Sony PS4 Video Converter Ultimate supports NVIDIA CUDA and AMD APP acceleration technology, so the software will convert MP4 files at 30x fast speed.

When the conversion finished, you can copy mp4 movies to USB Drive, and then you can follow the steps below to play movies:

Insert USB Drive into USB port, turn PS4 on and then go to the main menu, select “Video” and find your USB Drive, select “Display All” to see the video files that exists on your PS4, please choose the file that you want to transfer and press the triangle button, choose “Copy” and confirm the transferring, the movies are transferred to your PS4 hard drive, and then you can play MP4 movies on PS4 from USB Drive.

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3 thoughts on “How to Play MP4 video on PS4 from USB Drive?

  • August 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    This guide is detailed enough and I dealed with my problem as this steps. And my brother used iFastime to solve the same problem as the same steps, it even useful too! Amazing!!!!!!

  • June 6, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I use the video converter ultimate to convert MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, VOB to play on my TV via PS4, thanks for your solution.

  • July 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Worked for me!
    This software is simple to handle. Need not much skill. It’s very convenient for new learner to get rid of the annoying media incompatibility!


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