PS4 Media server. How to stream all videos from your local network to your PS4


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123 Responses

  1. Ace says:

    Can you watch any type of movie or is there protection in like the ps3 media server?

    • PlexIsAwesome says:

      No protection, Plex reads off the files from wherever they’re stored and based on how they’re named (movies with movie title, tv shows with season number and episode ex. s01e01, and it will grab the meta data. Plex is pretty much the best free media server software out there it’s awesome.

  2. Ace says:

    Like the copyright protection where the sound gets turned off.. Hope that makes sense

  3. GuitaristMatt says:

    It works on the vita too!

    • Gooder says:

      Really? I don’t watch/store movies on my PC, but i’d love to watch anime on my bed!

    • JCK07115 says:

      Yes, it does work; I have added all my libraries including my photos, videos, pictures and music libraries. It might be fun to have the plex pass so you do not always have to manually update your cloud libraries, they get synced automatically. Thanks for the tutorial wololo and I hope to here from you with regards to the PM I sent you, it’s JCK07115 \o/

        • anonanon says:

          Not that it really matters, but 192.168.X.X is a private (Local) Ip address, there’s no need to hide it as it means nothing outside of your own local network.

          • JCK07115 says:

            Thanks, but do I know whether or not any hacker lives within my surrounding (the range of my IP address) or not? Better safe than sorry!

          • anonanon says:

            Ah I should have been more specific – Local being home network, your own personal network, consisting of all devices connected to your router. A private or local IP address does not mean anything outside of your internet connection as they’re reused in each network.

            To get into a bit more detail if you’re curious – a private IP address is only used between your router and the device in your network, it’s used to identify your device in your network, so your router can forward data between you and the outside network without getting confused about which device in your network is requesting the data. This IP address never goes outside your own personal home network.

          • anonanon says:

            Your internet connection only has one public ip address – If you search “what is my ip” In google without the quotes, you’ll find your networks public ip address – this will be the same IP address for all devices in your home network as it’s the ip address assigned to your network, this isn’t a device specific ip address.That is the ip address you would want to blank out if you were screenshotting.

      • JCK07115 says:

        I watched some videos on the vita. Some of them did not work so I went to my PC from which I uploaded onto the Plex server and it turned out that all the videos that did work were either in the MP3 or the MP4 format. Those that did not work were in the FLV format. As of now I am the Miro Converter to change them to the MP4 format and will upload them to Plex as soon as they are finished. It’s JCK07115 peeps \o/

  4. chrisgomez3030 says:

    Thanks for the helpful guide!!! Was looking for a way on doing this.

  5. coldhell says:

    “With my mid-range laptop computer, I am able to stream 1080p movies to my PS4 without any lag”
    So what is the big idea behind reencoding the video and loss 3/4 of it’s quality when most if not all laptops have HDMI port?
    It can’t render typesettings and fonts properly. No lossless audio (but I will leave that aside, since it is personal preference)
    It is good for streaming to your phone/tablet when you are outside/on work, but seriously streaming to from your [b]local[/b] computer to your [b]local[/b] PS is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. No offense or bad feelings.

    • GuitaristMatt says:

      Desktops that you don’t want to drag around… older laptops without an hdmi port… just so you can be lazy…

      Might as well never use netflix/hulu/youtube as well.

    • wololo says:

      @coldhell: if you don’t understand what’s cool about the ability to have one central machine that hosts all your movies, with the possibility to watch those movies from any other screen in your house, then you probably don’t have enough screens in your house yet :)

      It is also the only way to watch local movies on the PS4 today.

      • JCK07115 says:

        Hey wololo, sorry to bother you. Yes, it does work; I have added all my libraries including my photos, videos, pictures and music libraries. It might be fun to have the plex pass so you do not always have to manually update your cloud libraries, they get synced automatically. Thanks for the tutorial wololo and I hope to here from you with regards to the PM I sent you, it’s JCK07115 \o/

      • coldhell says:

        I do understand it, but plex video quality is bad. When it re-encode the video if is horrible and even if it doesn’t (if you have video compatible with the HW decoder) the browser output is quite bad in most cases even the colors are off, not to mention that the subtitle support is close to zero. Just compare them side by side with some good PC player like MPC-HC + MadVR better chroma scaling, correct colors, proper dithering and etc). The quality is important part for the viewer’s experience.

        • JCK07115 says:

          I streamed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and I must say the graphics are quite amazing. I feel you should not be comparing this to PC players as it uses an embedded video player. PC players play content on your device, your PC. This retrieves content stored on a server, one onto which you uploaded several things, not necessarily from that device. It is like comparing the graphics of the PS Vita to those of the Wii U; one (PS Vita) generates all its images on the device itself while the other (Wii U) is streamed through from a hub. Also, it depends on your network connection/signal strength. Additionally at the top right, while playing videos, there is a settings icon which when clicked gives a drop-down box of all the various qualities at which the video can be streamed, you can play around with it to see the one that gives you the best quality, although I did not and I got crisp, clear images.

        • anonanon says:

          If your video quality with Plex is really as bad as you describe, somethings gone wrong on your end as it’s fine here. Sure it’s not going to be as good as playing it directly (if the device you’re playing it on requires the media to be transcoded) and you’re not going to have the customization or quality of using a HQ video renderer like madVR – but that’s besides the point as this isn’t a guide for setting up a HTPC.

  6. Now do a tutorial on how to play MP3’s on the PS4 :p

    • SsJVasto says:

      Step 1 – Install a webserver (like Apache2 in linux, or Tomcat or Zend in Windoze)
      Step 2 – Put MP3 in your webdir
      Step 3 – Navigate to the webdir on your PS4.

      PS4’s browser has a pretty decent support of HTML5 (Check out, for example), and can play MP3 files directly from the browser. I could probably write a PHP page that explores a MP3 dir and makes icons to prevent typing on PS4, but won’t if there is no demand…

  7. ivo says:


  8. ivo says:

    is ther a channel of pseudotv plugin for plex ?
    or is ther a dlna plugin ?
    cheers great post

  9. ivo says:

    just to badass that plex doesnt readin dvdiso :(

  10. Fuckyoupeople says:

    So you people don’t buy anything, yay piracy. When everything is digital only and they don’t make things on disk anyone, don’t complain just remember it’s all your fault.

    • wololo says:

      I have a netflix subscription, am an Amazon Prime member, and all the movies on my Plex server and in my XBMC library are ripped from DVDs and Blu-rays that I purchase. I even buy my music, my software, my Android apps, and I buy more video games than I actually can play. The only thing I pirate these days is Game Of Thrones because it is impossible to get in Japan. Even for that show, I then buy the blu rays when they’re out. Don’t even try to pretend you’re better than me at the game of “yay piracy”, because I’ll beat you at that game in the snap of a finger.

      Finally, the disc format is dead, like it or not, at least for movies. People stream more from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video than they purchase DVDs or blu rays today.

      • anonanon says:

        This so *** this. I hate it when people jump to the conclusion that Media server = pirated content. I have a plex media server setup at home, and the majority of content on it is movies/tv series/music I have ripped from my OWN collection – the only stuff I have pirated on my server is content that cannot be purchased in New Zealand, where I live. I use my media server to give easy access to all my PURCHASED media from any device I own, whether I’m at home or not. I DO NOT use my media server for Piracy. Digital does NOT = piracy you idiot.

    • anonanon says:

      This so f.ucking this. I hate it when people jump to the conclusion that Media server = pirated content. I have a plex media server setup at home, and the majority of content on it is movies/tv series/music I have ripped from my OWN collection – the only stuff I have pirated on my server is content that cannot be purchased in New Zealand, where I live. I use my media server to give easy access to all my PURCHASED media from any device I own, whether I’m at home or not. I DO NOT use my media server for Piracy. Digital does NOT = piracy you idiot.

    • ill says:

      I smell a Sony shill trying to play “the dumb American” that doesn’t mind corporations raping him.

  11. Frank says:

    I suppose that PLEX works for the PS Vita also and PS3 ? If yes… it’s wonderfull !!!

    • PlexIsAwesome says:

      Plex works great on the PS3, if you enable DLNA on the PS3 it’ll pick up on the server, and you’ll be able to locally stream and it works great. Jailbrokek it works great on the player that’s included in Multi-MAN. Works wonders.

  12. Raymond says:

    somehow not working on PS4

  13. Raymond says:

    I did both ip address

  14. Reshiram25 says:

    Nvm i forgot to put http://

  15. Raymond says:

    My songs wont play on ps4 oh well u always say false results wololo. I hope the ps3 will

  16. Shinny says:

    Hmm I think I might just try it out later..
    *OFFTOP* BTW Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is out for iOS, PSP is getting mega old 😀

  17. Shinji Okazaki (kirito) says:

    Guys i can’t get it to work. Everytime I type in my adress:32400….. it tells me that the filetype is not supported by the PS4 :( What to do? 😀

  18. anonanon says:

    Is the site glitching out for me, or did someone delete all my comments for some bizarre reason?

  19. Bernard says:

    THANKS! you are my God for just one day

  20. Michiri says:

    What about files with subtitles? I can’t watch my chinese cartoons without them. Not at the moment with a 100% understanding, at least

  21. Joe handsome says:

    when i use my ip form whats my i get cannot display the page, same for my local ip any help? will not show on vita or ps4

  22. Michiri says:

    Just tried with both ps4 and ps vita to see some anime episodes (all were 10bit mkv, some with flac audio). PS4 starts lagging after 10 seconds, without letting me open subtitles, PS Vita can’t even open videos. Oh well, this kinda makes me sad

  23. Weezer says:

    Plex is not working on 1.72 even if i add the http:// it says: “cannot connect to the server”. this is Plex is ***

    • JCK07115 says:

      You need to launch the Plex client app that you installed before you can view your media on any of your devices.

  24. Tegamal says:

    The only issue I’ve run into is just a minor gripe. No 5.1/7.1 surround. Movies play in stereo, but nothing out of any of my rear/side speakers. Still a good alternative until Sony gets their act together.

  25. Bumblebee says:

    I cant access this either :-/ ive typed in http://(my IP):32400/web and ive also tried web/index.html and it keeps saying ‘cannot connect to the server’. Any help please someone? Im from UK if it makes any difference?!

    • JCK07115 says:

      You need to launch the installed Plex Media Server program on your PC/Mac each time you want to access your media from any of your devices (PSVita/PS3/PS4/tablets, what have you). I guess it is so the server is not overworked at any one specific time. So if you are not accessing your things at a particular time, the space allocated to your files on the Plex server can be temporarily “locked down”. And when you launch it, the space is reallocated/reenabled and you gain access back. Just going to the space it is stored in does not make the Plex server recognize that you are ready to access your files. I hope you find this and it helps.

      • Luke says:

        Also got same problem. Ive launched the plex media server on my mac and started playing a video and it still says ‘cannot connect to server’ – HEEEEEELLLLLPPPP

  26. ivo says:

    just use localhost:port it’ll connect on the pc itself service is runnin on

  27. ps vita says:

    whenever i play videos on ps vita it says “Cannot play this video”. help help help

  28. averhoe says:

    plex media server should allso be a dlna browser for local network

  29. Gio says:

    amigos, hoy 26 julio del 2014 pongo la fecha para

  30. Major says:

    I got it to show up on the ps4, by following the guide above. But, I can’t seem to get no sound or anything to play in the music folder? I could play movies but can’t play any music files?

    • Major says:

      I just wanted to added that I can see all the music I had uploaded to the server. When I highlight a song file , and hit play. It does show the music player track bar on the bottom of the web page. But, it doesn’t play the music.

      • wololo says:

        The PS4 is not compatible with mp3 at the moment, and I don’t think Plex re-encodes the music… so that might be the problem here

  31. Daniel says:

    All’s I get is “Not Supported” ? Anyone else get this ? I’ve typed my IP + the extra bit and thats all I Get

  32. VeritableHero says:

    Thank you for this setup guide. It works like a charm! I tip my hat to you, kind sir/madam.

  33. lollypop says:

    so is ther any particular reason a dlna-server-app or dlna-browser-app isnt comming to a ps4 near you ?

  34. bgkykingpin says:

    Everytime i try to open on ps4 it tells me that cannot connect to server in time limit?? Plex is running on my pc as well

  35. victor says:

    i get a error that says ” cannot connect to the server.”

  36. Robert says:

    Worked super! I thought it wasnt any media servers available and had to plug in ps3 when watching movies, and that stupid copyright made me nuts. Works like a charm!

  37. Amir says:

    I’ve been working on this all the day to stream my movies from mac to PS4
    I’de done everything before except the last part, Now i underestand why the movie wouldn’t be played!
    Thanks a lot man!

  38. Jackie says:

    So I’ve done everything listed above, even in the comments, and I’m still getting “Cannot connect to server”.

    Also, the audio settings look completely different for me in the Plex program.. I do not have the option of Prefer AAC audio…

    • Victor says:

      You have to have the player tab selected then you click on show advance options, then you’ll see it. Remember you have to do this FROM YOUR PS4 not your pc. Took a while for me to get it to. :)

  39. yanqc says:

    I accessed plex fromt he PS4. Though, once I start a movie, it seems to keep loading it eternally and never starts. It works with every other device at home.

    Any idea?

    Thank you

  40. Bubba says:

    Uh, so would something happen if I watched most shows that are pirated? I only really get a few shows here and there and maybe a movie or two. Would I be in any trouble using Plex?

    Thanks in advance.

  41. chevylin says:

    Thanks for the article Wololo. Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that PS4 is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your PS4 one you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

  42. Mack says:

    When i type the address in the browser on the PS4 i get a message “THIS DATA NOT SUPPORTED BY THE PS4″ any one else got it? is there any way around it . i used my IPAD to check if the meadia server is and i can watch the videos. HELP PLEASE

  43. Mack says:

    The previous issue got solved. But now here’s a new problem. the page just does not load. it just remains at the white blank page. anyone have any idea as to what might be the issue here

  44. Brandon says:

    How did you solve the THIS DATA IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE PS4 error?

  45. Brandon says:

    I added http:// before the local computer IP and it solved the DATA NOT SUPPORTED error.

  46. Robin says:

    Hey guys. Ive tried this software and serverthingy, but I have one issue. WHen I add TV series to my library it merges the entire show into 1 file/folder. How do I split this up so that I can watch the episiodes 1 by 1. Would be grateful for a fast reply. Thanks!

  47. Travis says:

    So I got everything working, but it doesn’t want to start. It keeps buffering a tthe beginning. I played it on another computer, and it started in seconds. I changed the necessary settings FROM the PS4 itself. The video itself is in MP4 format as well. Also AVI and MKV isn’t working, but I thought it didn’t matter.

    • Bob says:

      MP4 works for me, but not .AVI files. Did you change the setting to prefer AAC on the PS4 end?

    • WintersWolf says:

      Had the same issue until I went in to settings in the browser on PS4, click show advanced, went to player sub menu and turned on prefer AAC. Worked instantly after that, it’s just how it picks up audio from AVI files.

  48. anirudh123 says:

    mine keeps on saying you do not have permission to acces this serever

  49. The guy says:

    So after spending 20 minutes or so getting Plex to install and figuring out the IP address thing in the PS4 browser(I just googled plex and signed in) I have to say that it would be easier(and cheaper) to buy a really long HDMI cable for my PC and hook it up to my TV. Tried streaming a low quality movie through the browser and all I get is a loading screen. If you want to stream on your ps4 dont even bother, this along with many other things makes it apparent that Sony is more interested in $$ than being actually useful as a home entertainment platform. I ended up just switching back to my PS3 and streaming from my pc through it. At least PS3 has native support to recognize XMB services on your home network. Fail Sony, Fail.

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  51. terrell says:

    Physics say it right. Thanks

  52. Matt says:

    Hi, I had it working before as per the instructions above, however, the only thing I did wrong was “Prefer AAC Audio” on the PC and not the PS4… so I disabled it and tried to do back on the PS4. However, now it states on the PS4 “This data is not supported by the PS4″…

    Back on my PC, under Settings > Server > Remote Access, it has a RED ‘!’ Exclamation Mark, and in Server Mapping, it says my Private IP = Unknown, Public IP = Unknown and There is no internet…

    Are these two things related ? And how come I can’t connect the server mapping ? I’ve left the default port @ 32400.

    Care to help please! Extremely frustrating! :@ Many thanks,

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  55. Brian says:

    Does this method still work?

    Do you have to get the plex app and may a monthly subscription?

  56. Rhys says:

    Still works. Just purchased a PS4, and have now set it up and working with Plex as above.

  57. SilverWolf says:

    I didn’t read all the comments but, can this be done from an android phone as well.
    Also, I’m keeping my ps3 too.

  58. heh says:

    this method does not work any more after the ps4 updated to ver 2.0

  59. Max says:

    Doesn’t work, when i put the string in the ps4 browser says the console ccan’t do that command.

    ps4 has the plex app, that wants money to strem things

  60. vagtam12 says:

    First of all it needs static ip on pc,static ip on ps4.Sign in plex app on pc and ps4.If there is problem again close firewall on pc and check some things on router(close proxy and vpn,enable nat and Upnp).Ok go to ps4 browser and load to play movies on plex tv app go to setting( up right) players(check advance settings) and check play aac audio.

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  62. Chris says:

    Guys this works fine on my ps4. But what if my friend wanted to access my library from HIS ps4? He’s trying it right now but its not working.. Just wondering if its possible

  63. Schoene Seite, ich komme mal wieder vorbei.

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