Game Consoles Formats Supported (Xbox 360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PS Vita/PSP/Wii)

Overview


This article list the best supported formats of the game consoles such as Xbox 360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PS Vita/PSP/Wii. And then give the all-in-one solution to play any videos in other contents in these consoles.

Contents


Xbox 360 Xbox One PS3 PS4 PS Vita PSP Wii

Click the console’s name turn to it’s best supported formats in details.

Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PSP, Wii have been made available through years, all of which are high on the list of game consoles. We can use these game consoles to stream all TV shows and movies for playback on living room, our next concern is: What output formats are supported.

Formats Supported


Xbox 360

What are the details of Xbox 360 Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) support?

AVI
  • File extensions: .avi, .divx
  • Containers: AVI
  • Video profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video bitrate: 5 megabits per second (Mbps) with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second (fps)
  • Audio profiles: Dolby Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions
H.264
  • File name extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  • Video profiles: Baseline, main, and high (up to level 4.1) profiles
  • Video bitrate: 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: Two-channel AAC low complexity (LC)
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions
MPEG-4
  • File name extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  • Video profiles: Simple and Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: Two-channel AAC low complexity (LC)
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions
WMV
  • File name extensions: .wmv
  • Container: asf
  • Video profiles: WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main, and advanced up to level 3
  • Video bitrate: 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: WMA7/8, WMA 9 Pro (stereo and 5.1), WMA lossless
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions
Note:

  • Xbox only supports each audio and video codec in the explicit containers as defined above.
  • Xbox 360 does not specifically block video from playing based on a maximum bit rate, a resolution, or frames per second. The maximums listed previously for each codec are the results from tests for various video playback sources. Higher-rated content will not be blocked, but playback may be less then optimal. Use higher bitrates at your own risk.

What are the different video codecs that are supported by all the different ways to play video content on Xbox 360?

You can play video content on Xbox 360 from a USB 2.0 FAT32 removable drive, from optical media, and by streaming from the Zune software, Windows Media Player 11, or Windows Home Server. However,not all the different video codecs that supported by all the different ways, what codecs supported on Xbox 360 via those different ways?

Scenario Supported codecs
From USB storage device to Xbox 360 Dashboard video player WMV (unprotected),
MPEG4
H.264
AVI
From Windows Media Player 11 to Xbox 360 Dashboard video player WMV (protected)
WMV (unprotected)
MPEG4*
*H.264*
AVI
From the Zune software to Xbox 360 Dashboard video player WMV (unprotected)
MPEG4
H.264
From Windows Home Server to Xbox 360 Dashboard video player WMV (protected)
WMV (unprotected)
AVI
From Windows Media Center to an Xbox Media Center Extender WMV (protected)
WMV (unprotected)
MPEG2

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on Xbox 360?

Xbox One

The Xbox One support multiple video formats like these:

File extensions Containers Video profiles Video bit rate
AVI support .avi, .divx AVI MPEG-4 Part 2 (Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile) 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 × 720 at 30 fps
H.264 support .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .avi MPEG-4, QuickTime Baseline, main and high (up to level 4.1) 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps
MPEG-4 Part 2 support .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov, .avi MPEG-4, QuickTime MPEG-4 Part 2 (Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile) 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 × 720 at 30 fps
WMV (VC-1) support .wmv ASF WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main and advanced up to level 3 Video bit rate: 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps

Audio Formats Supported by Xbox One

  • 3GP, AAC, ADTS, MP3, WAV, WMA

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on Xbox One?

PS 3

Supported Disc Formats

With a Blu-ray optical drive, the PS3 supports Region A Blu-ray discs. It can also read BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE discs, though it cannot write to them. To play copy-protected discs at 1080p, the output must go from an HDMI cable to an HDCP-supporting device. The PS3 also plays a variety of DVDs, including Region 1 discs, DVD-R and -RWs, as well as DVD+R and +RW. As with Blu-ray discs, recordable DVD formats can only be read by the PS3, not written to.

Video Formats

Aside from physical disc media, the PS3 also supports a number of digital formats. Formats include MPEG-1, MPEG-2 PS and MPEG-2 TS. Memory Stick, AVI and MP4 formats are also supported. With system software version 2.10 or above, you can also expect DivX and VC-1 — WMV — files to work. To get VC-1 WMV videos working, enable the System Settings menu’s “Enable WMA Playback” option.

AVI
  • Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
  • Motion JPEG (μ-Law)
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
  • MP4 Video
  • MP4 via DivX AVI
  • MP4 SP
  • MP4 AVC / MP4 H.264
H.264
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
  • MP4 Video
  • MP4 via DivX AVI
  • MP4 SP
  • MP4 AVC / MP4 H.264
MPEG-4
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
  • MP4 Video
  • MP4 via DivX AVI
  • MP4 SP
  • MP4 AVC / MP4 H.264
WMV (VC-1)
  • PS3 can play WMV files but you’ll need to specifically enable the WMV support (presumably because Sony wants to know the number of devices they need to pay royalties for)
  • VC-1(WMA Standard V2)
BD-VIDEO
  • BD Video format on Blu-ray Disc
  • BD Video format on DVD-ROM
DVD-VIDEO
  • DVD Video
  • .VOB
MPEG-2
  • MPEG-2 PS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AAC LC, AC3(Dolby Digital), LPCM)
  • MPEG-2 TS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2)
MPEG-1 MPEG Audio Layer 2
AVCHD .m2ts / .mts
DIVX DivX, VOD
XVID recognized as MP4 since firmware 2.0

Audio Formats Supported by PS3 

  • Memory Stick Audio Format(ATRAC)
  • MP3
    – MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3
    – MP3 Surround
  • MP4(MPEG-4 AAC)
  • WAVE(Linear PCM)
  • WMA

Note: For video that isn’t on a disc, the PS3 can read and play videos from various places. Compatible videos stored on an external hard drive or USB flash drive work by plugging your USB device into one of your PS3’s USB ports. According to the PlayStation website, you can use a USB adapter on PS3 models without USB ports. The PlayStation 3 can only access drives using the FAT32 format, so format your drive properly before adding videos to it for playback on your PS3.

Besides, 3D content also works provided if you’ve got a 3D television and the required glasses.

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on PS 3?

PS 4

Supported File Types and Codecs

Music files can be in MP3 or AAC (M4A) formats. Photos  can be in JPEG, BMP, or PNG formats. Video files must be in one of the following formats:

MKV
  • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
  • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
AVI
  • Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
  • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
MP4
  • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level 4.2
  • Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
MPEG-2 TS
  • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2
  • Audio: MP2(MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
  • AVCHD: (.m2ts, .mts)

Audio Formats Supported by PS 4

  • 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)

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on PS 4?

PS Vita

Video Formats Supported by PS Vita

  • MPEG-4 Simple Profile Level 6, Maximum 1280 x 720 pixels, AAC
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Baseline/Main/High Profile Level 4.0, Maximum 1080p, AAC

Audio Formats Supported by PS Vita

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WAV

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on PS Vita?

PSP

Sony lunched a PlayStation emulator for the PSP, which is able to play game ROMs off a Memory Stick.

Video:

  1. UMD
  2. MPEG-4 (aka MP4)

Aside from movie and music videos available commercially on UMD, the PSP can also play video files from the Memory Stick. These files must be in MPEG-4 format.

Music:

  1. UMD
  2. MP3
  3. ATRAC3plus
  4. MP4
  5. WAV
  6. WMA

Music can come on UMD (though usually it comes in the form of music videos). You can also load up your own music to play, as long as it’s in one of the formats listed (you may not be able to play some of the file formats if you’re using a Memory Stick Pro Duo, though; only the Memory Stick Duo is compatible with all file formats).

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on PSP?

Wii

Video Formats Supported by Wii

Photo Channel, one of built-in channels of Wii, is the essential part for playing movies on Wii, which is used to display, share and manage photos/movies/videos/audio with Wii console through a SD card.

Videos in AVI, MOV (QuickTime) or MPEG-4 format with a resolution of up to 848×480 can be supported by Nintendo Wii. Depending on version of Photo Channel, the compatible audio formats are quite different, MP3 for version 1.0 and alternative AAC (file extension .m4a) for version 1.1.

Audio Format Supported by Wii

The file type compatible with the Photo Channel depends on which version of the Photo Channel you have. If you have version 1.0, you can download version 1.1 in the Wii Shop Channel for free.

Opinion: play other video and audio contents on Wii?

Need to Play Any Videos on Game Consoles?


Before playing, you should learn that

1. For a smooth playback, especially with it built-in media player, you should make sure that the video and audio files streaming to the folder readable by the system.
2. Check your video file type and codec are supported. For instance, if MP4 video is in H.264/AVC HD and audio in MP3, you cannot play MP4 correctly.
3. Difference data types or file sizes might cause playback issues as well, so you need to tweak the parameters before playing it.

Sometimes, movies and videos are unplayable on Xbox 360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PS Vita/PSP/Wii due to the files saved in the file extension like Tivo, MTS, FLV, VOB, MKV etc, or in some other Full HD codec and format (MXF, XAVC) you recorded with your camcorder/camera. In this case, Transcoding is the only way for these files out of Game Consoles supported video and audio format list.

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