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Can't Play a Region-Locked DVD on PS4? See How to Fix It.

Can PS4 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.

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

areas

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

China

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.

Occasions that You'll Play DVD on a Game Console

Occasion 1: If you are a game enthusiast, you may prefer PS4 which is one of the most popular game consoles in the gaming market to normal DVD drives for playing DVDs. However, 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.

Occasion 2: You are a game addict and DVD collector, so you have all kinds of well-designed game consoles including PSP, PS4, PS3, Xbox and Nintendo NDS, etc. and a substantial DVD collection at home. So, the most enjoyable and accessible way for you to watch your DVD movies is by playing them on your likeable game consoles or occasionally carrying them with you in your portable gaming devices.

How to Play a DVD on PS4?

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: make sure you have internet connected, enable the disc playback feature, insert the DVD in PS4, on the pop-up window in the screen (display), click on the DVD item and play. The console will be acting as a remote controller.

List of PS4 Playing DVD Errors

You'll inevitably come into some error messages as below, when you try to play your (region-locked or other) DVDs on your game console (especially on your PS4):

1. The region-locked DVDs simply cannot be played on PS4 at all. It freezes.

2. There is no sound or the audio is out of sync with the video.

3. The screen goes black when playing DVD on PS4.

4. A window pops up telling you "The DVD cannot be read".

5. There's lagging or choppy video playback.

If you've encountered any of issues listed above and are looking forward to getting over such hurdles, you are advised to try the following solution:

Bypass the region restriction of DVD by taking full advantage of VideoProc'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.

As a result, the digitized file can be played on your PS4. You can also turn the DVD to 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. VideoProc is one of the best choices for convert DVDs for PS4, why?

  • - 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.
Free Download VideoProc to remove DVD region codes and edit videos now!

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

How to Rip and Convert Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 DVDs to Be Region Free?

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

DVD Converter - VideoProc

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 can support all formats and make them region-free. Select it and click the "Done" button.

Load Souce DVD - VideoProc

Step 3. Tab "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.

Start DVD Conversion - VideoProc

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.

FAQ

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.

Disclaimer:

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kayla Collins

Kayla Collins, a senior member of Digiarty software for 5 years, knows a thing or two about digital devices & video processing software like GoPro, DSLR camera, Drone, iPhone iPad, iMac, iMovie, etc. and is glad to share her knowledge to help people out of trouble. She's also deeply passionate about yoga, jogging, roller-skating, handcraft, reading, music, movie and more.

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