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You can now watch your own videos using the PS4 Media Player app

Since the launch of the PS4 back in November 2013, one of the notably absent and most requested features has been the ability to play your own video files. It wasn't mentioned in Sony's E3 2015 press conference (opens in new tab), presumably because they were too busy showing off The Last Guardian (opens in new tab), Final Fantasy 7 remake (opens in new tab), and Shenmue III (opens in new tab), but a new Media Player app has appeared in the PS4 content area and is ready for download right now.

Once installed, simply fire up the Media Player app and either plug in a FAT/exFAT formatted USB drive or connect a media server, then browse to your files (which must be stored in folders) and get watching. The Media Player supports video, photo, and music - you'll need to put audio files under a folder labelled 'Music' for them to be recognised, but once there you can use them as background music and control from the Quick Menu by holding down the PS button.

The Media Player is compatible with more file formats than the PS3 - here's a complete listing of what's you can use with it:

Videos

• 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)

Photos

• JPEG (DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 compliant)
• BMP
• PNG

Music

• MP3
• AAC (M4A)

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Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 475 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.