E3 2015: Sony Adds Media Player to PlayStation 4

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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PS4 Media Player | oprainfall

Sony threw in one little new feature last night before giving us a few curve balls and unexpected titles from its E3 conference: a Media Player feature is now available to use on PlayStation 4 consoles. All you need is a USB memory stick to plug into the controller slot, and you can upload video and photos, and even set your favorite music in the background while using the console. A list of supported file formats and codecs are listed below, from the PlayStation Blog:

File Formats and Codecs

Video

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)

Photo

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

Music

  • MP3
  • AAC (M4A)

You can find the Media Player app on the PlayStation Store so you can try it for yourself on your PS4 console.

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  • forweg

    Sure do hope they finally have halfway reasonable subtitle support.

  • Melody

    Not so sure it is the boon everybody thinks it is. I can’t personally vet it myself as I don’t have a PS4 yet, but I did get curious when it was announced, about what formats it supported as the ps3 doesn’t natively play several of my videos, and when I read a lot of the comments on the article and even the article, it doesn’t seem like something to get excited about. Many people couldn’t get their videos to play, despite being the correct formats with the correct codecs. Many others found out that you couldn’t switch audio streams in mkv videos, which is kind of that format’s biggest benefit. Others couldn’t get subtitles to show, and still others could get videos to play but not the sound. Others couldn’t even play mp3 files. The two ways of playing were by usb and by dlna. I don’t see the benefit of using dlna. I tried it, you need a computer that will specifically transcode files in order to play them. When I tried it, the ps3 couldn’t find hardly any of my files, because the software you use is what limits what you can play, not the hardware. So the people most likely to want DLNA, the people who probably don’t know how to set up a smb share are not likely to have a better dlna program like windows media player on their pc. So I tried two other programs that can be used to stream videos, universal media server and plex. The first wouldn’t work unless you connected the ps3 directly to the pc by ethernet, and by doing so, the pc gets a brain fart and tries surfing the web through ethernet and fails after a while of surfing. I fixed that once (there seemed to be a setting I can’t remember where you tell the pc which interface to use to actually send ip requests), but it kept being reset. When it actually would play the videos, it couldn’t transcode them and stream them quick enough so it had a lot of buffering. My pc, even at the time as I have recently upgraded it, was not too weak to transcode. It’s a gaming pc that could play even most games released last year just fine on the higher settings. And I regularly use it to transcode other files for my true ps3 streaming set up(more on that later). Plex actually worked for most of my files, but you wouldn’t know it if the ps3 was what you used as again it couldn’t find hardly any files. I actually tested it to see if it was plex and not the ps3. At the time I actually got some use out of it on my wii u using it’s web interface.

    My true streaming service is far simpler than trying to set up any sort of media center. No, what I use is a homebrew app for the ps3 called Movian. And to actually stream I just set up a smb share, far simpler in my opinion than trying to set up a dlna with crappy performance. Movian used to be called Showtime, but changed their name because showtime is the name of a channel and so when people looked up the name they might have trouble finding the ps3 app. But anyway, it will play about 90% of my files, the ones it can’t it actually will try, but the file may be in an unsupported codec and so there may be issues where the video doesn’t show or the cpu is too slow to decode the file, that second part is actually rare. Some files actually push the ps3 too hard, but they are as I said rare. The simplest fix is to just reencode them in handbrake. It takes my pc about 30 seconds to a minute to transcode the file and I put it in an easy to find folder on my share so that when I want to watch those specific files, I can just play it instead. Most of my files are mkv with subtitles, so I transcode to mkv copying subtitles as well, though I suppose hardcoding would also work as I used it for my vita. SMB shares also work with android as well usually. You can also use smb with linux file systems if you know how to set them up. I’ve both set them up on a laptop with Ubuntu Linux to access files FROM my windows pc and to access files ON my windows pc.