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

A very common problem many gamers encounter is their DVDs can't be played on their favorite home video game console - PS4, and the most likely cause to it is their DVDs may be 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


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.

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.

List of 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 encounter any of such issues and you are looking forward to getting over such hurdles, you are advised to try the following solution:

You can make the full advantage of VideoProc's transcoding ability to bypass the region restriction, and convert the DVDs into a region-free video file in any formats such as 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 DVDs that can be then played back on your PS4. Below is a tutorial of transcoding a region-locked DVD to a PS4 friendly video using VideoProc.

How to Rip and Convert a 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.


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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