LOS ANGELES — Sony’s PlayStation 4 is finally getting a media player feature.
A new software update that enables the PlayStation 4 to play video files, digital music, and photos locally off of a USB flash drive/hard drive or be streamed over Wi-Fi (DLNA) started rolling out on Monday through the PlayStation Store.
The omission of a media player on the PS4 has baffled owners since the console launched in 2013, especially since the PlayStation 3 has the ability to do so.
The PS4’s media player supports movies encoded in MKV, AVI, MP4 and MPEG2-TS. Supported photo files are: JPEG, BMP and PNG. Supported music files include MP3 and AAC.
With local media playback, the PS4 is finally starting to become the home media center that it should have been on day one. Better late than never, I suppose.