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Can the PlayStation 5 play DVDs?

The Standard Edition comes with a disc drive, but can it play DVDs?

PlayStation 5 Standard vs. Digital Edition
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Quick Answer: Yes, the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition has a Blu-ray drive capable of playing DVDs. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition does not have a Blu-ray drive and cannot play discs of any kind.

Sony isn’t messing around when it comes to the PlayStation 5. The ninth-generation console is a beast, with 4K gaming and access to a huge library of games.

The console is also a full-on media device, letting you watch movies and television through streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus.

But with everything seemingly moving towards a more digital age, what about older forms of media?

Most people stream and receive their content digitally these days, but some of us still have physical collections. So, can the PS5 play those old DVDs piled up in the closet?

Does the PS5 play DVDs?

Short answer: Yes, the PS5 can play DVDs if you have the right version of the console

Not only does the PlayStation 5 feature an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive capable of playing Blu-rays, but Sony also didn’t forget about the older DVD format. The console also doubles (triples?) as a DVD player.

playstation 5 on its side
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But all PlayStation 5 consoles are not created equal. This is important if you are still in the market for a new console.

The Standard Edition PlayStation 5 includes the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. You’re going to need that to play DVDs.

READ MORE: Can the PlayStation 5 lay on its side?

The PS5 Digital Edition doesn’t come with a disc drive, so get a Standard Edition if you want to play any physical media.

How to play DVDs on the PS5

ps5 dvd screen
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Playing DVDs on your PS5 can be done in a snap. Simply connect the console to the internet to download the latest updates.

After that, insert the DVD into the disc drive of your Standard Edition PS5. A new menu option (shown above) will pop up. Select that to start your DVD on your official PS5 DVD player.

Final notes

Playing DVDs on PlayStation 5 is definitely possible.

Just remember that you’ll need the Standard Edition with the disc drive to play them. The Digital Edition does not contain the functionality.

Additionally, you will not be able to play DVDs from other regions, only movies that match your console’s region. But that shouldn’t be an issue for most users.

So, when someone asks about the discs PS5 can play, you’ll confidently know the answer.

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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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