Can PS4 play MKV, AVI, VOB, M4V, M2TS, H.265, WMV, FLV, Tivo videos?

It is a wonderful idea to watch video on Sony PS4 from USB Drive. However, some common high definition video formats such as MP4, MKV, AVI, M4V, VOB, Tivo, WMV, MPG, FLV, WebM and M2TS etc. are not supported by PS4, such as:

Question 1. PS4 play video files from usb?

“Plan to might get a PS4 and i am wondering if the PS4 atm play video files like .avi and .mp4 like the ps3. Doest it?” – ifesfor said

Question 2. PS4 won’t recognize USB

I’ve tried to watch a VOB movie on my PS4 (I understood that I have to copy the VOB from the usb to the ps4 itself.) But I can’t find the USB anywhere? Where should I find it? It doen’st appear in ‘TV and video’. I hope you guys can help me. Thanks in advance.” – CherryTangerine said

Question 3. No way to watch video on the PS4 from a USB drive?

“Can I play movies from USB Drive on Sony PlayStation 4? I have got the Sony PS4 video game console a week ago, now I want to watch movies on my HDTV via PS4, I have collected some movies on my computer, they are in MKV, WMV, Tivo, AVI, MTS, FLV and MP4 formats, do they are supported by Sony PS4 form USB Drive? Thanks!” – Rafahil said

If you were watching 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 PS4 supported video and audio file formats and codec details.



  • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
  • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)


  • Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
  • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)


  • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
  • Audio: AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)


  • 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)


  • MP3
  • AAC (M4A)


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

We tried both MKV and AVI files to see if PS4 would play them. It did with no issues only thing is make sure you have your USB flash drive formatted fat32 or exfat and make a folder like videos to put your files in.

If you are trying to view a photo, make sure the file it is smaller than 40 Megapixels or 30MB in size. If you are trying to play a video, make sure that the file type and codec of your video is supported. If your MP4 file comes from other source, eg. converted from DVD, it must meet following requirement:
Video in H.264/AVC HP (High Profile) and audio in AAC LC(Low Complexity) format.

In order to successfully play various videos, music and movies on PS4 (like DVD, ISO image file, DVD Floder, H.265/HEVC, WMV, Tivo, DRM MP4, AVI, DV, MP4, MPG, VOB, MOV, FLV, NUT, H.264, NSV, MKV, MTS/M2TS/TS/TP/TRP(AVCHD, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 HD), ASF, 3GP, 3G2, RM, RMVB, WTV, OGV, MXF, VRO, etc. videos and AC3, AAC, WMA, WAV, MP3, M4A, OGG, APE, MKA, AU, AIFF, FLAC, M4B, M4R, MP2, MPA etc. audio files.), a widely used solution is to convert them to PS4 recognized formats. Here, we strongly recommend Wondershare UniConverter (Originally Video Converter Ultimate) to help you convert all video and audio files to PS4 and play HD videos on PS4 without worrying about the media incompatibility problem anymore. It will save you all the trouble.

With the cheap and powerful video converter, you can also convert DVD, iTunes and various 4K/HD/Common videos to proper formats for playing on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, HTC, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, Amazon Kindle, Surface, Sony Xperia, LG, BlackBerry, Nokia, WDTV, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Plex, Roku, and more.

Furthermore, the top-ranked PS4 Video Converter Ultimate is also a built-in editor to optimize MP4/MKV/AVI files in the following aspects: trim, crop, merge files into one, split by chapter, add subtitle/watermark/effect, adjust volume/channel/bitrate, and rotate, etc.

Free download the cheap and smart PS4 Video Converter Ultimate for Windows (Mac Version), and install it.


How to Convert various video and audio to PS4 recognize formats?

Step 1. Load any videos to the PS4 video converter

Launch the PS4 Video Converter Ultimate on PC or Mac computer, then click the Video Converter function on the left pane. click the “Add Files” button to browse to your video files, or drag videos to the converter. You can add multiple movies at one time.

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Step 2. Edit the video (Optional)
You’ll see the Trim, Crop, and Effect icons on the uploaded thumbnail. To cut your video file, click the Trim button, then drag the handles to set a new duration. Click the Crop or Effect icons to crop, rotate, flip, change the volume level, apply watermarks, add subtitles, and so on.

Step 3. Select PS4 video as output video format & device

Start by choosing a folder destination on the File Location section. After that, open the Output Format menu, then click the Device tab. Now scroll down the available list and choose Game before selecting PS4. Sum it up by clicking Start All. Wondershare UniConverter will now begin converting videos to PS4 quickly and with lossless quality.

Convert video to PS4


How to Transfer video to PS4 Video from PC/Mac

Before transferring the converted HD movies to PS4 from your computer, please make sure of the following things to get ready:
The computer with the movie file that has been converted as above;
A USB external hard drive or flash drive;
A PlayStation4

1. Transfer the converted movie file from your computer to the USB. You should format it to FAT-32 if you are using an external hard drive.

2. Insert the USB flash drive or hard drive into one USB port of PS4 console.

3. Turn the PS4 on after making sure there is a disk in the system, and then go to the main menu.

4. Select “Video” and then find your USB device.

5. Select “Display All” to see all the video files existing on your Sony PS4.

6. Select the file you wish to transfer and press the triangle button.

7. Choose “Copy” and confirm the transferring, then the movies are transferred and copied to your PS4 hard drive.

PlayStation 4 is thereby used as a host and a controller, through which you can play the HD movies on the display of computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device with the help of HDMI or optical S/PDIF.

We believe the Media Player will be a favorite new feature for PS4 owners who love to use their PS4 as the entertainment center of their living room. If you have any problems, let us know in the comments!

Tips: For users who are interested in creating and editing a video fast and fun, visit Filmora X Review and Filmora X for Mac Review

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3 thoughts on “Can PS4 play MKV, AVI, VOB, M4V, M2TS, H.265, WMV, FLV, Tivo videos?

  • March 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Excellent article. I definitely appreciate this solution and video converter. Thanks!|

  • March 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Keep on working, great job!|

  • June 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    This is what I’m looking for! Happy to turn my AVI and MP4 videos to use in my PS4! Thanks for very much!


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