Updated 20 April 2016

The USB Music Player on PlayStation 4

This article explains how to use the USB Music Player on the PlayStation 4, its supported formats and its limitations.


What is the USB Music Player?

With system software version 2.00 and above you can play music via a USB external drive (like an external hard disk drive or USB pen-drive) so you can now enjoy your favourite music while playing a game or using remote play.

How do I use the USB Music Player?

  1. Create a folder called "Music" in the USB storage and add the music files you would like to play on your PlayStation 4.
  2. Connect the USB storage to your PlayStation 4 and a “USB Music Player” icon will appear on the Content Area.  This music player icon will move to the right when a new application is started. You can use more than one  USB storage devices at once.

  1. Press  (X button) to start the application.
  2. Now you can select the albums or songs you want to play.

  1. Then the USB storage is disconnected the icon will disappear from the Content Area.

What formats are supported?

  • Supported codec : AAC and MP3
  • Support channel number: Only 2ch.
  • Playlist: .m3u, m3u8
  • .m4a, .mp4, .3gp, .mp3
  • Sampling Frequency: 22.05kHz、24kHz; 32kHz、44.1kHz、48kHz; 96kHz

What are the player’s limitations?


  • You cannot use both the USB Music Player and Music Unlimited at the same time. Starting Music Unlimited will stop the USB Music Player.
  • You cannot copy music files onto the PlayStation 4 internal HDD.
  • Recorded Game Video doesn’t include background music.
  • Background music is not included when recording or broadcasting gameplay.
  • The USB Music Player is not accessible while playing PlayRoom.