Can a PS3 Play AVI Files?


Quick Answer

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) only plays certain types of AVI files, such as MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG. The types of videos and files played depend on the format and the presence or absence of copy protection or playback restrictions.

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The PS3 does not support all AVI codecs. For supported codecs, the media does not play on the PS3 if playback restrictions exist. The PS3 accepts the following formats:

  • Memory Stick Files
    • MPEG-4 SP
    • MPEG-2 TS
    • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
  • MP4 Files
    • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
    • MPEG-1
    • MPEG-2 TS
    • MPEG-2 PS
  • AVI
    • Motion JPEGs
  • DivX
  • WMV
  • VC-1

One way around the file restrictions is to stream content from the PC to the PS3. Use the Windows Media Player 11/12 application from the PlayStation Store to do this. It is free to download and use, plus everything shared in the Windows Media Player on the home network can be streamed.

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