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Can PS5 Play DVDs? How to Play DVD on PS5 Digital and Standard Edition

Sony's long-awaited PS5 (or PlayStation 5) was finally released on November 12th. One thing that some people are very concerned about is whether PS5 will be able to play DVDs. In this article we'll answer "can PS5 play DVDs" and more related questions.

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Part 1. Does PS5 Play DVDs?

Short answer: the Standard PS5 can play DVD disc, while the PS5 Digital Edition cannot play DVD.

PS5 has two versions, namely Standard PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. The standard version comes with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive while the digital version does not. This is the only difference between them.

Thanks to the inclusion of a disc drive, PS5 Standard can not only play PS5 Blu-ray disc games, PS4 Blu-ray disc games, but also play video from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, standard Blu-ray discs, and DVDs. Yes, Standard PS5 can work as a DVD player to play your movies on DVD. PS5 supports playing DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD-ROM.

Due to the lack of disc drive, PS5 Digital Edition console cannot play any disc. How about connect an external USB disc drive to disc-less PS5 Digital Edition for DVD playback? I'm afraid that this trick doesn't work. PS5 Digital Edition doesn't support external drive. If you really need to play DVDs on PS5 Digital Edition, check our part 2.


Can PS5 play DVDs from any region?

No. PS5 isn't a region free DVD player. It is region locked for DVDs. By default, your PS5 can only play region all DVDs and DVDs coded with the same region as your game console. Is it possible to make PS5 DVD player region free? No. We can only change the region of PS5 DVD player a maximum number of 4 times, after which the region code will be locked permanently.

Well, how to change DVD region on PS5?

Step 1. Put your DVD into PS5's disc drive.

Step 2. When PS5 detects your DVD and finds it is a DVD with a region code different from your console, it will ask if you want to change your PS5's DVD region code setting. Now, just choose a DVD region code based on your own needs.

How to change PS5 DVD region code setting
How to change PS5 DVD region code setting

Part 2. Is There Any Way to Play DVDs on PS5 Digital Edition?

PS5 Digital Edition supports neither built-in disc drive nor external disc drive. Well, does it mean that it is impossible to play movies on your DVD through PS5 Digital? No. Here is a workaround to play DVD on PS5 Digital Edition - rip DVD to digital on your computer and transfer the digital copy to PS5 Digital.

WinX DVD Ripper is able to digitize video DVDs of movies, TV series, music concerts, fitness videos, etc. Even if the source DVD is locked by region code (1/2/3/4/5/6) and protected by CSS, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-Project and other copy protection schemes, WinXDVD can read it and process it without errors. Now, let me show you how to work with this DVD ripping software to rip DVD for PS5.

To get started, we should download and install WinX DVD Ripper on our computer. Simply click the download button below to get the setup file.

Firstly, insert source DVD into your computer's disc drive and click the DVD Disc button on WinX DVD Ripper to select the source disc.

Rip DVD for playback on PS5 Digital
Rip DVD for playback on PS5 Digital

Secondly, choose an output profile that Sony PS5 supports, such as MP4. WinXDVD has presets for PS4, PS3, PSP, and will add PS5 preset in the near future.

Thirdly, hit the RUN button to start ripping DVD. It won't take you too much time because it can utilize multi-core CPU and Intel/NVIDIA powered GPU hardware acceleration. Once done, import the digital replica into PS5 Digital Edition for later playback.

Part 3. How to Play DVDs on PS5 Standard Edition?

Some people may don't know how to play DVD on the Standard PS5. Below is the guide.

To begin with, enable the disc playback feature of your PS5 system over the Internet. One time only. You don't need to perform this every time when you need to play DVDs or Bluray discs.

How to enable disc playback feature on PS5:

1. Connect your PS5 to the internet. Select with your controller: (Settings) > [Network] > [Set Up Internet Connection], and then follow the on-screen instructions to configure network settings. You can use either Wi-Fi or a LAN (Ethernet) cable to connect your PS5 system to the internet.

2. Next, just login in your PS5 if necessary and insert the DVD disc you want to watch on PS5. Then, the disc playback feature will be enabled. And generally speaking, your DVD will start playing automatically. If it doesn't play, go to Video Section in the XMB Menu and hit the X button on the movie title. The video will start playing.

Play DVD on PS5
Play DVD on PS5

Tips: make sure that your DVD is supported by PS5. Don't use unsupported disc formats, unfinished, dirty, scratched, cracked, deformed, and repaired DVDs, otherwise you may encounter disc not recognized error or something else.

PS5 Won't Play DVDs? How to Fix?

Problem: After inserting a DVD, PS5 gets stuck on black screen. No audio, no video.

Fix: If you have the PSVR connected, you will get this error. To fix this, you should unplug your PSVR.

Check our solutions for PS4/PS5 not playing DVD issues, such as no disc inserted, unrecognized disc, unexpected ejection, and black screen.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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