Does the PS5 play Blu-ray and movies?

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Does the PS5 play Blu-ray discs and DVDs? Fortunately - yes! Assuming you bought the version of the PS5 with the disc drive that's actually capable of accepting any sort of discs at all, your console should be capable (assuming it's working) of running Blu-Ray movies and TV shows, making your PlayStation 5 a whole entertainment system, rather than just a game-playing system. Not only that, the PS5 also has some 4K tricks to boast for those new movies and tv shows.  

Does the PS5 play 4K Blu-ray discs? 

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Yes. Unlike the PS4, the PS5 Console Edition does play 4K Blu-rays. That means you can build your movie collection with disc labelled 4K or 4K Ultra HD and start getting obsessive about the sharpness of pictures, the depth of black, and quibbling over the 4K transfers of retro movies.

Does the PS5 Blu-ray player have region locks?

Region locks are designed to stop you from playing media from other territories on your device. According to Sony, the PS5 does have region locks in place for Blu-rays. 

However, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are region free, so can be played on your PS5. 

But if you're picking up Blu-ray movies, you'll want to check that you're buying for your specific location. 

Region A: North America, South America, U.S. Territories, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia

Region B: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.

Region C: Asia (except for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia)

Region Free: This is not an official setting, but discs that have the region FREE symbol should play on any machine.

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Rachel Weber
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