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Can the PlayStation 5 play Blu-ray movies?

The Standard Edition of the console has a disc drive, but can you use it for Blu-ray movies?

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Quick Answer: The PlayStation 5 is fully capable of playing Blu-ray discs. And, unlike the Xbox Series X|S, you don’t even have to download any extra software.

The PlayStation 5 is a powerhouse gaming machine. The ninth-generation console from Sony lets you play games in 4K resolution at up to 60 frames per second.

And with almost complete backward compatibility for PS4 games, the console has an additional massive library of games that you can choose from.

But the PS5 isn’t only an impressive gaming machine. It also doubles as a full-on media center.

You can download streaming apps like Netflix or Disney Plus to turn your PS5 into a multifunctional piece of hardware that can clear some of the clutter from your living room.

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But what about other, somewhat older forms of media?

The PlayStation 5 Standard Edition comes with a disc drive so you can play physical copies of games, but would you be able to use the drive to play your Blu-ray movie collection?

So, can the PlayStation 5 play Blu-rays?

Short Answer: Yes

Yes, the PlayStation 5 is fully capable of playing Blu-ray discs. And, unlike the Xbox Series X|S, you don’t even have to download any extra software. Just pop the Blu-ray disc, and you’re good to go.

As a little bonus, the PS5 is also capable of playing 4K Blu-ray movies, which is a step up from the PS4. While the PS4 could play Blu-ray, neither version of that console ever had support for 4K Blu-rays.

So that’s a little extra bonus for PlayStation 5 owners.

How good is the PS5 Blu-Ray Player?

The PS5 Blu-ray player is seriously impressive. It features 4K UHD Blu-ray capabilities that’ll take your movie nights to a whole new level.

With stunning picture quality, HDR support, and immersive audio formats, this powerful machine has got you covered for all your physical media needs.

Plus, it’s compatible with standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

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Navigating the PS5’s Blu-ray player is a breeze, making it a fantastic choice for movie buffs who want the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience.

Just keep in mind that some dedicated 4K Blu-ray players might offer extra perks, like Dolby Vision support, which the PS5 doesn’t have. But overall, it’s still an amazing addition to your entertainment setup.

Yes, you can watch Blu-Ray on the PS5

Of course, almost everything is going digital these days, but there are still plenty of people out there that have their own physical movie collection, and the PS5 is a great device for using those discs.

Just be sure that you get the PS5 Standard Edition if you’re looking to play Blu-rays or DVDs, as the console’s Digital Edition doesn’t come with a disc drive.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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  1. Avatar of ken causby

    ken causby

    May 3, 2023 at 9:07 am

    the only thing that is holding me back from a new console is 3d blu-ray. my xbox 0ne has it. if playstation 5 supports 3d I might switch consoles

    • Avatar of kevin raposo

      Kevin Raposo

      May 5, 2023 at 12:05 am

      I feel you, man. 3D support is a game-changer, and I totally get why it’s a big deal for you. As for the PlayStation 5, I’m not sure if it’s going to offer that functionality, but it’s worth looking into. At the end of the day, you gotta choose the console that fits your style and has the features that matter most to you.

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