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How to play an MKV movie file on a Playstation 3 (PS3)

Posted in Game Consoles on June 6th, 2008

Can a Playstation 3 play an MKV file? The technical answer is no.

The official video file specs are as follows:

  • Memory Stick Video Format
  • MPEG-4 SP (AAC LC)
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)
  • MP4 file format
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
  • 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)
  • AVI
  • Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
  • Motion JPEG (?-Law)
  • AVCHD ?.m2ts / .mts?
  • DivX
  • WMV
  • VC-1?WMA Standard V2?
  • Don’t worry, even though MKV is not listed above, an MKV file can be re-muxed into a VOB file which is natively playable on a PS3. The easiest way to accomplish this in Windows XP or Vista is by using a program named MKV2VOB.

    In case you are worried, this process will not re-encode your files. So you won’t lose quality and it won’t take a long time. Most of my High Definition MKV files can be re-muxed into a VOB file in less than 30 minutes.

    Have fun and enjoy playing your MKV movies on your PS3.