So, can you play Blu-ray discs on the PS5? Although the device is primarily designed with gaming in mind, it does offer other functions such as streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube.
Blu-Ray discs were compatible with the PS4, so have they continued the trend into next-gen...
Does PS5 Play Blu-Ray?
The short answer is yes, the PS5 does play Blu-ray as long as you have the Disc Edition console, the Digital Edition has no disc drive and so, of course, cannot play Blu-ray, or any other optical media for that matter.
In fact, not only is the PS5 compatible with Blu-ray discs, but we know the PS5 is native 4K and so it can even play 4K or UHD Blu-ray discs.
In addition, the PS5 will also support standard DVD playback and user-written media on formats such as BD-ROM and DVD+RW.
If you're on the fence about whether to upgrade from PS4 to PS5, 4K Blu-ray could be worth considering.
Is the PS5 Disc Edition As Good As Standalone Blu-ray Players?
While the PS5 Disc Edition can function as a Blu-ray player, it is an additional function rather than dedicated use, therefore, it probably won't hold up against dedicated players.
Dedicated players will have other functions such as Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and possible support for 3D Blu-Rays, for instance, which the PS5 does not.
However, If you were considering whether to buy the PS5 Disc Edition or Digital Edition and a separate Blu-ray player, it could save you some money to get the Disc Edition.
Considering that the Disc Edition is $100 / £100 dearer than the Digital Version and most Blu-ray players will set you back more than the difference and so we'd say if watching Blu-rays is a priority, it is definitely worth stretching to the price of the Disc Edition.
While the PS5 Disc Edition may not compete with the very best Blu-ray players, it will still showcase films in stunning 4K and supports Dolby Atmos when playing Blu-ray discs, and so should still provide the cinematic experience you're looking for.
Of course, if you want to experience Blu-ray at 4K on PS5 you'll need to grab one of the best TVs for PS5.
Does The Blu-ray Player Have Region Locks?
Yes, Sony has stated that the PS5 Disc Edition will come with region locks.
Region locks are designed to stop people from playing restricted media in certain territories, and so when purchasing Blu-rays, be sure to check region compatibility.
Region A: North America, South America, U.S. Territories, South Korea, Taiwan and other regions within Southeast Asia
Region B: Africa, Middle East, Europe, New Zealand, Australia
Region C: Asia (except Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other areas of Southeast Asia)
Region Free: Whilst not an official setting, discs with the 'Region Free' markings should be able to play on any machine.
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