One of the things that made the previous generation consoles so awesome was that it was possible to stream media content to the Xbox 360 or PS3 with relative ease. Built-in DLNA support meant that you could hook up your console to your home network and watch videos from your mobile devices or PC with an easy-to-setup procedure. There’s still some form of DLNA support for the Xbox One and PS4, but it’s not quite as convenient or as easy as the seventh gen consoles to get working properly. Nevertheless, there are still ways to stream videos and movies from your PC right onto your PS4.
A very helpful, handy and thorough guide was provided by Wololo.net, where they roll out a detailed explanation on how to setup your PC to stream content to your PS4.
I’ll try to keep this fast and light so you can get in and out and start streaming content ASAP.
First, you’ll need grab the free Plex app from Plex.tv. Register an account, download the app and install it on your PC.
Next up, open the app and setup what media files you want added.
Type in 127.0.0.1:32400/web into your web browser to ensure that the Plex app runs correctly.
Wololo.net suggests using the XBMC naming conventions for your media files so they can be read and opened easily on other devices on the network.
You’re all set on the PC side of things.
Setting Up Your PS4
Open your PS4’s browser. Goto the browser bar and put your PC’s IP address followed by the Plex port address. It should look something like this: ex. http://192.168.1.99:32400/web/index.html.
If you don’t know what your IP address is, press the start menu or goto ‘find’ and type in “IpConfig” and press enter. You should get your IP address. Alternatively, right click your internet connection from the bottom right corner of your screen and click on “open network and sharing center”. From there, click on “adapter settings” and then click on your active network connection. When the window pops up you should see a tab that says “Details”. Click the tab and write down the IPv4 address. That’s the number you’ll put into the PS4’s browser, as explained above.
Wololo notes that following the latest PS4 update you may have issues with compatibility. To fix this, you can head into the PS4’s settings and activating “Prefer AAC Audio”. Settings > Web > Player > Show Advanced > Prefer AAC Audio.
The site also suggests that if videos don’t work, try converting them to MP4 files (if they aren’t already) and try it again.
Wa-la! You now have a slightly cumbersome but mostly working form of DLNA support between your PC and your PS4.
Huge thanks to Wololo.net for providing that bit of helpful info.