PS4 Media Player plays music, video from USB and network players

The new Media Player app, which is a free download from the PS Store via the content area on the PlayStation 4 menu, works with devices connected to your home network and any plugged-in USB stick.

The Media Player can play music and videos, and display pictures. AAC and MP3 music files are supported, but there's no sign of FLAC or WAV, so no high-res audio.

AVI, MKV, MP4 and MPEG-2 TS video files are supported - the PS4 doesn't support 4K, so it's maximum HD video. BMP, JPEG and PNG picture files will all work, too.

This means you can now enjoy your own music, video and pictures in all their glory, or use your tunes as background music while you're gaming - a feature already available using Spotify on PS4.

There's no mention of being able to store and play music off the internal HDD, which was possible on the PlayStation 3. And of course, on the subject of media playback, the PS4 still can't play CDs.

The Media Player app is available to download on the PS4 now.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).