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How to Play MKV Files on PS3

How to Play MKV Files on PS3

Your PlayStation 3 can be used for a variety of purposes, making it a complete media center. By making use of a PS3 MKV converter you can also access MKV files on the PS3.
Rahul Thadani
Playing PS3 MKV files is something that anyone who owns a PS3 should know about. By doing it, you are giving yourself the opportunity to access an unlimited amount of media data on your PS3 console. There are many ways to do this, and once you see it for yourself, it will prove very handy to you in the future.

What is MKV?

MKV is simply a file format that is used to store data universally. The best part about any .MKV files is that they can contain an unlimited number of movie files, audio files, video files, image files and subtitles inside them. These are also known as Matroska file types, and it is also known as an open standard free container format.

Playing MKV files on the PS3 is beneficial because it lets you view many movies and other video files on your Sony PS3 console, and lets you listen to the audio and view the subtitles that accompany these movies as well. In effect, your PS3 is acting like a PC or a DVD player. Any file that carries a .MKV extension is a video file (with audio and subtitles), a file carrying a .MKA extension is for audio files only, and a file carrying a .MKS extension is for the subtitles only.

PS3 MKV Playback

In order to achieve this aim, you need to convert the MKV files into a format that is supported by the PS3. Since the PS3 only plays a designated HD video format, you will need to obtain a MKV converter in order to achieve this. The easiest way to do this is to convert the MKV file to a MP4 (MPEG-4) format, and your console will be able to read it.

Such a converter will have to be bought by you over the Internet, for a price of about $20 to $30. This is a small amount to pay for a task of this proportion which will be very useful to you in the long run. You cannot play the files without the aid of one of these converters. There are enough instructions and guidelines with the converter itself, that will tell the user how to go about the process.

Once you have completed the conversion, you can open the file and check the PS3 MKV stream that you are receiving. All the movies, TV shows, videos and songs that come in this stream can now be opened on your PS3 and you can enjoy watching them in HD (High-Definition) mode.

You need to be a little cautious when you buy your MKV converter though, because there are so many websites that sell you video converters that show you how to play MKV files on PlayStation 3. Most of these are likely to be dysfunctional and there is a strong chance that they are trying to dupe you. Buy a well-known and reliable converter in order to be sure.

Keep all these things in mind when you are looking for converters. With the aid of this tool you can use your console for so many more things than you thought possible.