PS3 MKV - How To Play MKV on PS3

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

MKV is a container format which is widely used for delivering HD video contents which up to 1080p. The problem is that many media devices cannot natively play files in MKV file format. The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is one of them.

Even though PS3 doesn't support MKV files by default, you can still get them play on PS3 by converting MKV files to PS3 playable formats.

How to Convert and Play MKT on PS3?

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate is capable of converting MKV to PS3 playable format, so you can then play MKV videos on PS3 without problems. Free download the trial version of the program and follow the instruction below to convert MKV to PS3 smoothly.

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1. Load MKV Video(s)

After downloading and installing this MKV to PS3 converter, please launch it on your computer as the first step. Then, click "Add File" or "Add Folder" button to select MKV files you want to play on PS3.

Load MKV Videos to Video Converter

2. Select PS3 supported formats as the output format

Go to the "Profile" section and find "PS3, PS4" group, you can select your PS3 output profile according to your need. The recommended formats are "PS3 H.264 HD Video(720p) (*.mp4)" and "PS3 DivX Video (*.avi)".

Select PS3 Supported Video Formats

3. Start converting MKV to PS3

Just click "Convert" button to convert MKV to PS3. After conversion, you can click "Open Folder" to get the converted files directly.

Start Converting MKV onto PS3 Device

4. Play MKV files on PS3

Plug the external USB hard drive into one of the USB ports on the PS3 and navigate to VIDEO on the PS3 XMB menu and find your device. And then hit "Triangle" to view all contents. Finally, copy and paste the converted MKV file to PS3 hard drive. Now, you can enjoy the videos.

Besides MKV, users also reports that videos of other formats, like MP4, can not be played on PS3. So you may want to have a clear idea about what video files that PS3 can play. Move on to the next part.

What Video Files Can PS3 Play?

The following are supported files types of PS3:

  • Memory stick video format: MPEG-4 SP (AAC LC); H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC) ; MPEG-2 TS(H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, 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, AC3(Dolby Digital), AAC LC)

  • MPEG-2 TS(H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC LC)

  • AVI: Motion JPEG (Linear PCM); Motion JPEG (μ-Law)

  • AVCHD (.m2ts / .mts)

  • DivX/ WMV/ VC-1(WMA Standard V2)


  1. Even though MP4 is listed as a supported format for PS3, many users still find some of their MP4 videos can not be played on PS3. So can PS3 play MP4? This post has the answer: Can PS3 Play MP4?

  2. To play WMV format files, you must go to  Settings >  System Settings and toggle on Enable WMA Playback.

If you have other videos that PS3 can't play, we also recommend FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. More than just a MKV to PS3 converter, it is also capable of converting converting almost all video formats like MP4, MOV, FLV, 3GP, ASF, WMV and more to PS3, PS4 and PSP popular formats.

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