The PlayStation 4 finally gets a media player

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Sony may have caused the internet to explode yesterday, with Shenmue, Final Fantasy VII and The Last Guardian showing up. But there’s something else they announced that’s coming to the PlayStation 4 – and it’s something you’ll be able to use today. The PS4 finally has a media player.

PlayStation fans have moaned about the lack of media playback capabilities in the PlayStation 4 since the console was released – especially as many had bought them to replace their media king PlayStation 3’s. Finally, the PlayStation 4 has caught up with a robust media player that plays all manner of media from external USB sources, and networked, DLNA ones. REJOICE!

Says Sony:

“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”

It supports a wide array of file formats, and should play just about anything you throw at it. Here’s a look at the supported files:

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)

Finally! The PS4 has caught up to the PS3. It’s about time.

Last Updated: June 16, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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