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How to Play Common and Region-locked DVDs on PS4 and PS5

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

What if your DVD is a region 1 DVD that you bought in JFK airport during your business trip and your PS4 is a region 2 game console imported from Japan?

Can Sony PS4/PS5 play DVDs? Yes, it can play both DVDs and Blu-ray discs. But it is common that many gamers fail to play some of their favorite DVDs on the home video game console - PS4. The most likely cause is that their DVDs are locked by the region code to protect the copyright.

FAQs Related to PS4 and DVD Playback

1. Is PS4 region locked?

Some people think PS4 is region locked, but actually PS4 game console itself is region free (meaning it is not region locked). Even if your game come from a different country, you might play it without any problem. But DVDs and Blu-rays are region locked. So, if you are playing a disc that is made for different region, your PS4 will have some errors, such as freezing.

2. Can PS4 play region 2 DVDs?

Region 2 DVDs are from Japan, Europe or South Africa. For example, if you want to play a Japanese game on your PS4 in the United States, you should sign up for a Japanese SEN account, change to log in with Japanese account and activate it. If you don't want to bother switching back and forth the main account, you're suggested to bypass the region code of DVD using the method recommended in the article.

3. Can I change region on PS4?

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to change your existing PSN country once you have created you account. But you can create a new PSN account. But if you only need to play DVDs from different countries or regions, it is definitely unnecessary to change the region on your PS4. You can rip DVDs to get region-free digital copies that can be played back freely.

Part 2: How to Play a Common DVD on PS4/PS5?

The game console also plays as a DVD player. It supports DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R/RW, Hybird discs, AVCHD and CPRM. The way to play a disc on the PS4 is quite simple:

  1. Make sure you have internet connected.
  2. Enable the disc playback feature.
  3. Insert the DVD in PS4.
  4. On the pop-up window in the screen (display), click on the DVD item and play.
How to Play DVD on PS4

Part 3: How to Play Region Locked DVD on PS4?

You'll inevitably come into some error messages, when you try to play your region-locked or other DVDs on game consoles, especially on your PS4. For example: the region-locked DVDs simply cannot be played on PS4 at all; there is no sound or the audio is out of sync with video; the screen goes black when playing DVD on PS4; or a window pops up telling you "The DVD cannot be read"; choppy video playback, etc.

To get over such hurdles, here is the solution:

Bypass the region restriction of DVD by taking full advantage of VideoProc Converter's transcoding ability, and convert the DVDs into a region-free video file in any formats such as DVD to MP4 that'll fit your game consoles without problem.

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Below is a tutorial of transcoding a region-locked DVD to a PS4 friendly video using VideoProc Converter.

Step 1. Insert your DVD into the DVD drive and launch VideoProc Converter until you see its main interface. Click the "DVD" icon.

VideoProc Converter Interface

Step 2. Hit the "DVD disc" button. Then, a new window will pop up to let you select the source DVD. It doesn't matter whether your source DVD is locked or unlocked by any region code, VideoProc Converter can support all formats and make them region-free. Select it and click the "Done" button.

Load Souce DVD - VideoProc

Step 3. Click "Video" > "Target Format" to select the output profile by clicking "Sony Device > PlayStation 4 video". Then, click the "Browse" button to decide the destination folder where you can save the output video. Click the "RUN" button to begin the conversion.

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Your DVD might come from region 1 (e.g. USA), region 2 (e.g. Japan), region 3 (e.g. Thailand), region 4 (e.g. Australia), region 5 (e.g. Russia, India), or region 6 (e.g. China). But after minutes of conversion, it can be digitized and played on your PS4 or any other devices.

More About VideoProc Converter

VideoProc Converter is multimedia software, designed not only for DVD backup, but also for video editing, recording and transcoding. Being an expert in DVD backup, it allows you to turn the DVD to AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, HEVC, WMV, etc for other electronic devices, or even copy the entire DVD to an ISO image or DVD folder for burning to a region-free DVD that can be then played back on your PS4. Especially:

  • It supports old DVDs even if they are dusted, scratched, cracked or deformed slightly.
  • It supports new DVDs even if they are copy-right protected.
  • It has vivid built-in profiles, including Sony PSP, PS3, PS4, and Microsoft Xbox One.
  • It helps you further edit the digital file easily.

Extended Reading

1. What Is DVD Region Code?

DVD Region Code

A global region code is usually used to identify DVDs that are compatible with the players sold in a specific region. That's to say, DVD from region 1 will not play on DVD players from region 2 to 6, as it only plays on a region 1 DVD player. The table below will show you the distribution of DVD regions:

Region number

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6


The U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda

Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt

Southeast Asia, East Asia, including Hong Kong

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean

Eastern Europe, Baltic States, Russia, Central and South Asia, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia


Movies on DVD/Blu-Ray disc are obliged to be released following the region number. Usually, DVD movies are put out in region 1 at first and then sequentially in region 2-6. This means region code is designed to prevent people from watching region 1 movies before they are released in other regions.

2. PS4 Region Free DVD Hack

When the region code of the DVD is different from the settings on your PS4, you'll fail to play it. Now with knowing the region number in your area form the table above, you can perform PS4 region free DVD hack easily.

Step 1. Open your PlayStation, and click the control panel icon.

Step 2. Navigate to System and Maintenance > Device Manager > DVD/CDROM.

Step 3. Open the Device Properties windows and choose the DVD Region option.

Step 4. Select a number according to your DVD region code.

Change DVD region code of PS4

Note: You are only allowed to change the code up to 4 times. When it is run out, we'd recommend using VideoProc Converter to bypass the DVD region code.

Disclaimer: We does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for commercial purpose. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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