A Complete List of File Formats Supported by the PSP

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The PSP, like other devices and operating systems, supports a limited number of file formats. It's important to know which formats are supported by the PSP so that you can understand what format your files have to be in before you can use them on the PSP.

Below are file extensions that describe the different formats the PSP supports for videos, games, audio, and images. If your file is not in one of these formats, then you need to convert it to a different format before it can become usable on the PSP.

If you need to convert a file to a PSP-compatible format, you might be able to use a free file converter. Use the links below if you need to convert a file to a PSP format.

PSP Video Formats

Aside from movies and music videos available commercially on UMD, the PSP can also play video files from the Memory Stick. These files must be in the MP4 or AVI format.

Use a free video file converter if you need to convert a video to a format playable on the PSP. For example, an MKV to MP4 (or AVI) converter is needed to play MKVs on a PSP.

PSP Music Formats

Music can be used from UMDs but usually comes in the form of music videos. You can also load your own music to play on the PSP as long as it's in one of the formats listed above.

It's possible that you might not be able to play some of the file formats if you're using a Memory Stick Pro Duo; only the Memory Stick Duo is compatible with all file formats.

Use a free audio file converter if you need a specific music file to be in one of the above PSP formats.

PSP Image Formats

Anything that comes on a UMD can be played on a PSP, images included.

Use a free image file converter to convert pictures to a PSP format.

PSP Game Formats

  • UMD
  • Digital downloads

Excluding homebrew games, the PSP currently only plays games on UMDs and official digital downloads. With the right homebrew, the PSP can emulate many different consoles and play their appropriate ROMs.

PSP Firmware Compatibility

Different firmware versions are compatible with different file formats. The more recent the version you have, the more file formats you'll be able to view.

Use the tutorial linked above to find out which version of the firmware you have, then check the firmware profiles to find out more about file compatibility.