PS4 is a good partner for game fans, and it's also a media player which is the role always overlooked. According to PlayStation support website, PS4 has strict requirements of audio files, only supports playing MP3, AAC (M4A) audio format. It means you cannot play audio (FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV) that aren't PS4 audio formats supported. Here comes the question: How can we play All Types of audio files on Sony PlayStation 4? If you are audio enthusiasts and breaking too much of a sweat to have your music playing from your PC, just take a few minutes to get the answer.
Recommended Audio Formats Supported by PS4: MP3, AAC (M4A)
1. For a smooth playback of the audio files on PS4 via its media player, make sure to save the to a folder so that they can be readable by the system. 2. The PS4 media player only accepts FAT and exFAT formatted USB drives. 3. Difference data types or file sizes might as well cause playback issues. 4. The PS4's audio can either be put out with digital or optical audio. The PS4's auto detection has difficulty discerning audio signals through a splitter. When connected simultaneously to a two-channel output and a multi-channel output, the PS4 may opt to output only multi-channel sound. This results in center audio channel sound being lost.
This is why users asks question like:
Could we have a firmware update so FLAC files can be played? Sony is all for the Hi-Res audio experience re: walkman and Xperia products. The PS4 should not be left out.
How to Play All Types of audio files on Sony PlayStation 4?
Sony will add support for CDs, WAV, DTS, WMA, FLAC audio files, and other features in a future PS4 software update. At the same time, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will support CDs and DLNA out of the box, while MP3 support is currently limited to streaming those files from a windows 8/8.1 PC. (See Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4) But currently those audio files are not supported by Sony PS4.
In order to successfully play various unsupported audio files FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV on PlayStation 4, a widely used solution is to convert them to PS4 recognized audio formats. And to address the above PS4's audio lossing issue, under Audio Output Settings:
Set sound to Digital Out (Optical) Uncheck DDS5.1, DTS5.1, and ACC Check Linear PCM This should correct the HDMI audio output. When playing a movie on blu-ray or DVD, the AV receiver may only detect Linear PCM (Stereo) even if the audio on the movie is set to Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. To correct the issue:
When the disc is playing, press Options Go to the Settings menu Under Audio Format, select Bitstream (Direct) This solution will save the audio format for future reference when playing DVD or blu-ray movies.
Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista; 500MHz Intel or 500MHz AMD CPU
Mac version System Requirement:
Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10; 512 MB physical RAM or above, Intel processor
With it, you can convert almost any audio files including FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV to Sony PS4 recognized MP3/AAC format. For advanced users, it is able to optimize audio files in the following aspects: trim, merge files into one, adjust channel/bitrate, etc. Besides transcoding audio to PS4 supported formats, it also has the powerful feature of converting almost all kinds of videos to PS4 like AVI to PS4, MKV to PS4, MP4 to PS4, H.265 to PS4, FLV to PS4, WMV to PS4, MOV to PS4, VOB to PS4, Tivo to PS4 and MPG to PS4, and more videos to PS4. Then you're able to play these multimedia files on the Sony PS4 smoothly with almost the original video/audio quality. Now, just follow the tutorial below to play any audio files on Sony PS4 freely.
How to Convert FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV etc. to Sony PS4 friendly formats?
Step 1: Add audio files
Install and run the Sony PS4 audio converter program and click "Add video" button to import the FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV audio files you want to convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy using in PS4, please tick the box "Merge into one file" on the main interface.
Step 2: Set PS4 recognized audio format
Select Common Audio > MP3 - MPEG Layer-3 Audio(*.mp3) or AAC - Advanced Audio Coding(*.aac) as the export format for playing on PS4 perfectly.
Tip 1: If you like, click on "Settings" and you could easily set audio codec, bitrate, sample rate, channels, etc to adjust parameters that affect audio quality and file size for the audio you prefer. Keep in mind bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.
Tip 2: With built-in editor, you can trim your audio files to capture and convert your favorite audio clips for playing on PlayStation 4 (PS4). Click "Edit selected task" to activate the trim function.
Step 3: Convert FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV to PS4
The last step is to click the "Convert" button to start converting FLAC/DTS/AC3/WAV audio to PS4. You can follow the conversion progress from the pop-up window.