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#1 benplace

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:19

I am considering getting a PS4 for the family for xmas.  We have a PS3 and I constantly use it as my media center.  I copy movies and tv shows to a usb stick (AVI and MKV converted using PS3Muxer) and plug it in and watch what I want.

I just want to make sure I can still do this on the PS4.  Are there any added capabilities such as NTFS or direct MKV support? Maybe streaming from an SMB share capabilities?

Anyone with a system that can answer these questions I appreciate it in advance!

I did google but all the hits were about Netflix and hulu stuff.

 




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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:21

no streaming from a home server as of right now

no added capabilities of which you speak

haven't heard if you can actually play media from usb yet

and there have been issues playing blurays and dvds

 

I'd stay away from the PS4 for now if you want it as a media center



#3 Am_I_Evil

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:21

I am considering getting a PS4 for the family for xmas.  We have a PS3 and I constantly use it as my media center.  I copy movies and tv shows to a usb stick (AVI and MKV converted using PS3Muxer) and plug it in and watch what I want.

I just want to make sure I can still do this on the PS4.  Are there any added capabilities such as NTFS or direct MKV support? Maybe streaming from an SMB share capabilities?

Anyone with a system that can answer these questions I appreciate it in advance!

I did google but all the hits were about Netflix and hulu stuff.

 

short answer: no



#4 BajiRav

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:26

long answer: not at launch.

#5 OP benplace

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:30

Wait, so you cant even play divx and m2ts files from a fat32 formatted usb stick????

Can someone verify this?



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:34

I know this is a PS4 question

 

but If local media playback off a hard drive or USB stick with NTFS support is what you are looking for I can highly recommend this

 

It plays

 

Xvid

Mp4

MOV

AVI

MKV

 

http://www.neowin.ne...-video-formats/



#7 vcfan

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:36

Wait, so you cant even play divx and m2ts files from a fat32 formatted usb stick????
Can someone verify this?


external storage is not supported on the ps4.

#8 trooper11

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:39

Wait, so you cant even play divx and m2ts files from a fat32 formatted usb stick????
Can someone verify this?


I can verify this.

The ps4 currently does not support any external storage via USB and that includes playing any media files from them.

Since it also does not have dlna support, you can't even stream from another PC. The system also explicitly does not support MP3 playback.

Right now, the ps4 is not the system to get if media playback is important to you.

#9 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:39

external storage is not supported on the ps4.

Yet. :p

#10 Deihmos

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:39

Install Mediabrowser 3 server or Plex and play the videos in the web browser. I know for a fact that Mediabrowser 3 works on the xbox one but I don't know about Plex. 

 

http://www.mediabrowser3.com/



#11 vcfan

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:42

Yet. :p


right, but theres been no indication that it will be either.

#12 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 16:48

right, but theres been no indication that it will be either.

I just believe there'll be too much pressure on them to add or re add w/e, those features. As a very loyal playstation consumer, I'd want my next gen to have even better media server capabilities than the current gen did.
Otherwise, the exclusives aren't enough for me to stay with sony. (But then I am going down another path for my personal media server needs. Something I wouldn't have considered if the last update hadn't borked my personal media infrastructure build)

#13 Jason Stillion

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 17:03

PS4 will be adding DLNA and MP3 support in future update.

The hard drive in the PS4 can be upgraded (use standard laptop 2.5 hard drive).

 

Since the PS4 already supports some external storage, such as using usb drive for game save backup. 

In terms to adding space to the install games to, etc. I don't know. 



#14 vcfan

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 17:03

I just believe there'll be too much pressure on them to add or re add w/e, those features. As a very loyal playstation consumer, I'd want my next gen to have even better media server capabilities then the ps3 did. (But I am going down another path for my personal media server needs. Something I wouldn't have considered if the last update hadn't borked my personal media infrastructure build)

it would be pretty goofy if they didn't eventually add it, but they've made it clear that they aren't making a media box, but a gaming box. Even mp3 playback and DLNA was such a non priority to them that it took bad press during launch for them to cave in and promise to support it in a future update. all im saying is, if youre hoping for a good multimedia experience, things don't sound very encouraging.  



#15 trooper11

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 17:10

PS4 will be adding DLNA and MP3 support in future update.
The hard drive in the PS4 can be upgraded (use standard laptop 2.5 hard drive).
 
Since the PS4 already supports some external storage, such as using usb drive for game save backup. 
In terms to adding space to the install games to, etc. I don't know.



The hard drive being upgradeable has no baring on supporting local media files via an external device.

External drives are only being used for manual updates at the moment. Sony has made no claim to be adding proper external support yet.



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