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PlayStation 4 Movie Streaming Solution: How to Play Movies on PS4 from USB Drive

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Updated on Mar 19, 2020

As we know, PlayStation 4 serves more than just a video game console, it’s also a versatile media streamer that works perfectly for your home theatre. It’s not as hard as it sounds, to stream any local video/audio content with it. In the following article, you can easily learn how to use your PS4 to stream your favorite movies/music from your computer to TV, without DLNA – but using USB drive. From top to bottom, I’ll illustrate detailedly how to do so.

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Part 1. Adopt a Proper USB Drive

First of all, you must choose a proper USB drive so as to transfer movies from your computer local drive to PS4 correctly. Apart from the obvious fact that it should have a large storage space for carrying movies, it should also fit the specific USB format standard of PS4.

When formatting a USB drive, Windows gives three options: NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT (these are file system formats for internal drive, external drive, USB flash drive, or SD card), PS4 only supports FAT32 and exFAT USB. And as the successor of FAT32, exFAT tends to carry larger files, making itself an ideal choice here, for playing movies on PS4.

*Check the file system of your USB drive: On windows, connect your USB drive with your PC, right-click on it from your root directory > click “Properties”.

Check the file system of your USB drive

Part 2. Make Sure Your Movie Formats are Supported by PS4

To watch movies, we use PS4 Media Player. It’s a media player app on PS4 that enables PlayStation 4 users to easily access and play personal photos, music and video files on their TVs that are connected to a PlayStation 4 system.

It’s worth mentioning that not all videos are supported, unsupported video formats can’t be recognized by PS4 and will lead to weird display, black screen, error messages, etc. during playback.

Here’s the media format & codec specification of PS4 Media Player.



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)

· MP4

Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 5.2 (PlayStation®4 Pro only)

Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital), LPCM


Visual:H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2 Visual

· AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts)

· XAVC S™ (.mp4)



· AAC (M4A)

· MP3

Note that sometimes problems happen to popular video formats on PS4 during playback, like PS4 can’t play MKV, or PS4 can’t play MP4. How come? It’s because not just the video container format has to be supported, the video & audio encoders packed within should also meet PS4 spec.

If you find some of your movies are off the list, don’t worry, you can still enjoy them on PS4, by changing video format. For this, I’d like to present WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, a dedicated video converter program that can fast and losslessly convert any video/audio to be playable on PS3, PS4, Xbox, Chromecast, Firestick, Kodi, etc. With its easy to use GUI and ready-made device profile, even beginners are able to convert their videos according to their device with one click.

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How to Convert Movies to PlayStation 4 Media Player Format

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Step 1. Load the Unsupported Videos into the PS4 Converter

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, click “Converter” module to enter the converter workplace. Click “Add Files” button from upper-left side or drag & drop the files to add unsupported videos into the program. Then define the destination path at “Output” folder box underneath.

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Step 2. Convert Videos to PS4 Video Format

Click on the output format icon on the right side of the main workplace, you’ll enter the output format section. Locate “SONY” category from the “Select Device” box above, and then click on the PS4 icon from within, that’s to convert your videos to H264 + AAC, the industrial standard video format that is perfectly supported by all mainstream devices and platforms, PS4 included. When Ready, hit “Run” to start the conversion.

For experienced users, the program can also change video resolution, change aspect ratio, convert video bitrate, convert music sample rate, etc. You can find these options by clicking on the “Parameter settings” button.

Part 3. Copy the Converted Videos to USB Drive

From the assigned destination path at Par 2 - Step 1, you can locate the converted, PS4-friendly movies. Copy them to your USB drive. It’s not hard of course, but note that if you put the movies right under the root directory, PS4 Media Player won’t read them. Instead, put them in a folder. For Music files, they must be saved within a folder titled "MUSIC".

When it’s done, safely remove your USB from your computer.

Part 4. Time to Enjoy the Movies on PS4

1. Now, make sure the TV you want to enjoy movies with is well hooked-up with your PS4, learn how to set up PS4 for your TV if not, plug your USB into one of the PS4 USB ports.

2. Turn on your PS4, there should be an app named “Media Player” appears on the main screen. If it’s isn’t there, you can find it at Purchased category to download and install it.

3. Start PS4 “Media Player” (it’ll lead first-time users to PlayStation Store to free download and install), and you should see your plugged USB drive shown as an option, open it with the game controller, reach your media contents, and enjoy your movies!

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