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Can PS4 Play HEVC/H.265 Video Files? HEVC Support on PS4

Many PS4 owners ask whether it's possible to watch HEVC videos on PS4.

I didn't know that PS4 didn't support H.264 files, so now I have lots of these videos on my USB drive that I can't even play. Are there any workarounds.

Can the PS4 Pro play HEVC/x265 videos from a USB? If the PS4 Pro supports x265 files as I got a few movies in HEVC format on my USB. I have some H265 movies on my NAS and PS4 pro can not play them.

No, PS4 can't play HEVC files though the number of Android devices supporting HEVC playback is growing.

Use Media Player to play videos saved on USB storage device and media servers, you can play these types of files on PS4.

MKV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
AVI: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 5.2 (PlayStation®4 Pro only)
MPEG-2 PS : MPEG2 Visual
MPEG-2 TS: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2, MPEG2 Visual
AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts)
XAVC S™ (.mp4)

HEVC is not included on the list of PS4 supported video file formats, meaning that PS4 doesn't support HEVC format natively.

You can Decode HEVC to H.264 Format for Watching HEVC on PS4/PS5

PS4 has no software, or hardware decoder for HEVC. If you can't open and play HEVC files on PS4/ps5, re-encode your HEVC videos to H.264 codec format using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. This program can decode (4K) HEVC video to H.264 codec speedily with less CPU usage thanks to its support for Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware acceleration. Tools without hardware acceleration may crash and stutter when dealing with power intensive HEVC files. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe shows great HEVC decoding and ecoding performance. Where the speed and quality are top priority, WinX may be a top choice on less powerful machines.

Get this powerful HEVC video converter and follow steps below to re-encode HEVC to H.264 format for smooth playback on PS4/PS5.

Step 1. Load your HEVC videos
Run the program on your computer. Click the Video button on the top left corner, select your HEVC video to load. Or directly drag and drop the source file to the main window of the tool. You can add multiple HEVC files at a time.

Convert HEVC to PS4 H.264
Convert HEVC to H.264 for playing HEVC on PS4

Step 2. Select H.264 as an output format.
On the left pane of the Output Profile window, select General Profiles, then choose MP4 Video (H.264 + AAC codec), and click the OK button to save the profile. You can also select Sony Device under Device Profile, click on the 'to PS4 Video', and select an output you want. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe has preset designed for various devices you want your videos to play on.

Step 3. Start HEVC decoding and encoding.
Click the RUN button at the bottom and the HEVC decoding and encoding process begins.

Learn More: How to Play HEVC/H.265 Files

It's Possible to Work Using Plex to Stream HEVC to PS4

Install Plex on your computer and PS4. Setup Plex media server on your computer and stream the HEVC videos to your PS4. Plex will automatically transcode HEVC to H.264 format compatible with PS4 media player. If you have an aging computer, the process may crash your computer or make your computer very slow and the streaming gets stuttered.

Does the New PS5 Support HEVC/H.265?

Sony's PS5 should work with 4K HEVC format, however, there's no official document claiming that HEVC hardware encoder is included in the new PS5. The game console is armed with AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture (8 CPU cores), check the CPU and GPU specs below,
CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)

The GPU fully supports hardware acceleration. What does it mean for HEVC content playback on PS5? The hardware spec makes the Playstation 5 deliver higher HEVC decoding performance, consuming less power than the PS4. Choppy/stuttering HEVC playback error on PS4 is fixed on PS5 thanks to more cutting-edge hardware.


author-Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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