Can PS5 Play Videos and Music from a USB Device?

Apart from the marvelous gaming experience, as you know, PS5 console is also capable of streaming videos and music from some subscription-based services. Beyond that, quite a lot of people still wonder whether or not the PS5 can play videos and music from a USB device. The short answer is YES! Look no further - we've got you covered with a comprehensible guide below.

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Kevincy | Nov 15, 2022

Does PS5 Play Videos and Music from USB?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES! PS5 console can play both audio and video files from a USB storage device. So if you've got a bunch of movies or TV shows saved on your USB hard drive, you can now watch them on your PS5. Of course, however, there are a few things to keep in mind. Otherwise, you won't be successful.

For one, the PS5 can only play music and video files that are in a limited number of specific formats. So if your files are saved in a format that the PS5 doesn't support and recognize, you're out of luck. Additionally, the PS5 can only play video and music files that are stored on a USB storage device that is formatted with either exFAT or FAT32. So if your USB drive is formatted as NTFS, you'll need to reformat it before you can use it with the PS5 console.

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How to Convert Video and Music to PS5 Well-Supported Format?

PS5 console only supports video formats in MP4 (H.264/AAC), MKV (H.264/AAC), and WEBM (VP9/Opus), and music formats in FLAC, MP3, and AAC. To simply convert your video and music files to the right format compatible with PS5, I'll recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to you guys. Thanks to the intuitive UI, it offers a straightforward 3-steps process to work it out with hardware acceleration, so that you don't need to know those confusing parameters.

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3 Steps to Convert Video and Music to PS5 USB Playable Format

Step 1 - Add Source Files

Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro and step into "Converter" module. Then, click on "Add Files" button to add your source files or perform a simple drag-and-drop.

Step 2 - Select PS5 Profile as Export Format

Click on the big Format image to expand the 500+ predefined profile. To convert video files, just switch over to "SONY" category and select "PS5" profile. To convert music files, go to "Audio" category and choose FLAC, MP3, or AAC profile.

Step 3 - Convert to PS5 USB Playable Format

Press the "Inverted Triangle" icon to specify an output folder on the bottom. Finally, hit "Run" button to convert video or music files to PS5 well-supported format. The batch processing mode will make it more efficient.

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Why Can't PS5 Play USB-Stored Video and Music Files?

Normally, once you've done all that, you're able to watch videos on PS5 from a USB device. By the way, you can also check other possible causes below that may result in playback failure.

1. When you try to hook up a USB drive to the PS5, make sure that it is formatted to FAT32 or exFAT to avoid "This USB drive's file system is unsupported" error message.

2. Create a folder called "Movies" or "Music" in the root directory of the USB drive. Within that folder, you can create subfolders for each type of content. For example, you could have a "Movies" folder with subfolders for "Action", "Comedy", and "Drama".

3. Don't go to the "Media" section, which is only for streaming/content you bought on the PlayStation Store. To play videos from USB on PS5, long-press the "PS Button" and select "Media Gallery" from the main list. Then click on "USB" on the far right. The path looks like this: PS5 Home > Media Gallery > USB.

4. PS5 supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160) video for playback in the built-in media player. However, PS5 doesn’t support playback of copyright-protected video and audio files.

Final Words...

That's all about how to play videos and music from a USB device on your PS5. Hopefully, I've made everything crystal clear and comprehensible. Now sit back and enjoy your media on the big screen.

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