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PS3 Supported Video and Movie File Formats

Published by SuperCheats Staff on Sep 16th 2013


  • Depending on the data type, you can't play some files and even some control panel options won't be functional during playback.

  • Legitimate video files acquired over the net may have playback restrictions. Contact the content provider for more details.

  • If you're using a USB adaptor when playing video files, you may need to get that supports copyright-protection features that will enable you to play copyright-protected files.

  • If you're using a USB adaptor to play AVCHD-format video files saved on Memory Stick media, use the one that supports USB 2.0

  • Copy-protected video files may not play on the PS3 system

Supported Formats

The following movie and video file formats are supported by the PS3:

  • Disc Formats
    • DVD Video with either region [1] or [ALL] (See notes below: 1)

    • DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW (1, 3)

    • Blu-ray Discs™ (BD) with region code [A] (5, 7, 8, 10)

    • BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • MPEG-1 (MPEG Audio Layer 2)

  • MPEG-2 PS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AAC LC, AC3 (Dolby Digital), LPCM)

  • MPEG-2 TS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2) AVCHD (.m2ts / .mts)

  • Memory Stick™ Video Formats
    • MPEG-4 SP (AAC LC)

    • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)

  • AVI
    • Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)

    • Motion JPEG (u-Law)

  • MP4 File Format
    • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)

  • DivX and VC-1 (WMV) (Requires PS3 system software version 2.10 or higher.) 6


1 When outputting DVD content or PlayStation®3 format software in SD resolution, only discs recorded in the NTSC standard can be played.

2 Multi-channel Super Audio CD playback requires a multi-channel audio receiver with HDMI input.

3 Playback only.

4 Playback of BD-RE ver 1.0 discs is not supported.

5 Copyright-protected Blu-ray video discs can only display output at 1080p via HDMI to a device that is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard.

6 Copyright-protected files or files that were encoded by using DivX 3.11 cannot be played. To play VC-1 (WMV) format files, you must do the following:
  • Go to Settings

  • Select System Settings

  • Select Enable WMA Playback

7 Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 is now supported with system update version 2.10 and above. This allows the "Picture in Picture" feature to be used with some Profile 1.1-compatible Blu-ray Discs. Features available vary depending on the disc.

8 Blu-ray Discs programmed in 1080p 24Hz are supported via the HDMI only. Note that both the display/AV amplifier (receiver) and the Blu-ray Disc in use must support 1080p 24Hz for this output to be supported. Enable this setting by doing the following:

  • Got to Settings

  • Select BD/DVD Settings

  • Select BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)

  • Change the setting to Automatic

9 BD-R version 1.2 (LTH* BD-R) discs can now be played.
* LTH, or low to high, is a recording method that supports organic dye, write once BD-R media.

10 Blu-ray Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) is now supported for system software version 2.20 above. You can obtain additional features when playing discs of this format while connected to the internet. Available features may depend on the software you're using.

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