With the PS4 Pro being released, many PS customers have been wondering if the PS4 Pro could play back 4K Blu-ray discs. Well, if you also have such kind of questions, this guide would help you out. We will show you how to play and watch region-locked 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD on PS4 Pro.
Part 1: Can you play BDs or DVDs on PS4 Pro?
Firstly, we need to know that if PS4 Pro could play Blu-ray and DVD discs or not. To make it frank: Yes, PS4 can play Blu-ray and DVD. You could just insert the disc, and then select the content from the content area for playing Blu-ray/DVD discs. Your PS4™ system must enable the disc playback feature over the Internet, one time only, before you can play any BDs or DVDs. After this feature is enabled, your PS4™ system doesn't have to connect to the Internet to play BDs or DVDs.
Your PS4 Pro could play back Blu-ray discs and DVD disc of the below types:
And it should be noted that Hybrid and AVCHD discs are supported. PS4 Pro is positioned as a “4K” (Ultra HD) + HDR entertainment device. Games will be upscaled to (though not rendered in) UHD resolution, and video streaming in UHD+HDR is offered through Netflix and YouTube apps.
However, there is a shortcoming of PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro will not support Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. It can’t play back the 4K Blu-ray discs released in the market. Therefore, if you want to play and watch 4K Blu-ray discs on PS4 Pro, you might need to turn to some third-party solutions.
Meanwhile, though PS4 Pro could play back Blu-ray and DVD discs, region-locked Blu-ray/DVD discs are not played back smoothly. You have to purchase and play Blu-ray/DVD discs that are in the same region as that of PS4 Pro. Otherwise, your PS4 Pro couldn’t play back Blu-ray/DVD discs in other regions.
Part 2: What to do if PS4 Pro doesn't play region-locked 4K Blu-ray?
If you want to play 4K Blu-ray discs on PS4 Pro, what should you do? Try Leawo UHD Ripper, a professional 4K/UHD Blu-ray ripping software tool that could help you decrypt, rip and convert region-locked 4K/UHD Blu-ray discs for playback on PS4 Pro easily. With Leawo UHD Ripper, you could easily remove the region restrictions upon 4K Blu-ray discs, and convert 4K Blu-ray collections to PS4 compatible video files like MP4, MKV, WMV, AVI, or other files for PS4 Pro. It could help you bypass AACS2 encryption, and remove the region restrictions upon 4K Blu-ray diss for converting.
Download and install Leawo UHD Ripper on your computer. Meanwhile, insert 4K Blu-ray disc to the 4K Blu-ray drive, or get source 4K Blu-ray folder/ISO image file ready for loading and converting.
☉ Decrypt and rip 4K Blu-ray discs, folders and ISO image files
☉ Convert 4K Blu-ray to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, and other 180+ 4K/1080P/720P/regular files
☉ Convert 4K Blu-ray movies in Full Movie, Main Movie or Custom Mode
☉ Edit 4K Blu-ray movies like trimming, cropping, adding watermark, applying 3D effect, etc.
Note: Leawo UHD Ripper is a module built in Leawo Prof. Media 11.
Step 1: Load 4K Blu-ray sources
Kick off Leawo Prof. Media, and then open the "Convert" tab or click the “UHD Ripper” option to enter the “Convert” module. And then click "Add UHD/Blu-ray/DVD" button to browse and add 4K Blu-ray disc/folder/ISO image file into this 4K UHD ripper software.
- 3 different content loading modes are available. To rip and convert 4K Blu-ray movies, choose the “Full Movie” or “Main Mode” mode.
- After loading source Blu-ray movies, you could select subtitles and audio tracks, play source Blu-ray movies, edit Blu-ray movies, snap screenshots, etc.
Step 2: Set output format
Next to the “Add Photo” button, click the drop-down box and select “Change”. You will then arrive at the Profile panel. Open the "Format > 4K Video" group to select either 4K MP4 or 4K MKV as output. You could also choose other formats from either “Format” or “Device” group. Choose a format that is compatible with PS4 Pro as output format.
After setting output format, open the same drop-down panel, click “Edit” option and then you could adjust video and audio parameters of selected profile, including: video codec, audio codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, channel, etc. You could adjust these parameters to make output video files meet your PS4 Pro exactly.
Step 3: Set output directory
Then, return to the main interface and click the green “Convert” button. You could then set an output directory on the right popup sidebar in the "Save to" box. You could also see the required space for converting 4K Blu-ray movies.
Step 4: Convert 4K Blu-ray to PS4 Pro compatible video
Click the bottom “Convert” button on the right sidebar to start converting 4K Blu-ray disc to 4K videos. Featured with GPU acceleration technologies, Leawo UHD Ripper could complete the 4K Blu-ray conversion at 6X higher speed.
Once the conversion completes, you could then freely play back the converted 4K Blu-ray movies on your PS4 Pro as you usually do. Just make sure your computer’s Internet is well connected through the entire conversion process.
Part 3: What to do if PS4 Pro doesn't play region-locked regular Blu-ray or DVD?
Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could help you handle region-locked Blu-ray and DVD discs for smooth playback on PS4 Pro. As a comprehensive Blu-ray converter software tool on the market today, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper has number of great features that make it the best Blu-ray converter software. It enables you to rip and convert Blu-ray to MP4, Blu-ray to MKV, Blu-ray to AVI, Blu-ray to WMV, etc., and extract audio off Blu-ray/DVD to save in MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. More than 180 video and audio formats are supported for output.
What really makes Leawo Blu-ray Ripper stand out is its advanced disc decryption ability that could help decrypt Blu-ray discs and get rid of disc region restrictions. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could help you decrypt, rip and convert Blu-ray discs with AACS, BD+ and the latest MKB protection, and CSS-DVD discs. Currently, quite few Blu-ray converter software tools in the market support this, but most Blu-ray discs are copy protected and region restricted. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper meets this and solves the disc decryption issue easily.
The below guide would show you how to use Leawo Blu-ray Ripper to help you handle region-locked Blu-ray/DVD movies for playback on PS4 Pro.
Note: Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is also built in Leawo Prof. Media as a function module.
Step 1: Enter Blu-ray Ripper module
Launch Leawo Prof. Media and then click “Convert” button on the sub-menu or “Blu-ray Ripper” button in the middle to enter the “Blu-ray Ripper” module.
Step 2: Add source Blu-ray/DVD
Under the “Convert” module, click on “Add UHD/Blu-ray/DVD” to add source Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder or ISO image file. Just click the right button according to the source Blu-ray movie files you get on the drop-down panel.
Similar to Leawo UHD Ripper, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper also provides 3 different loading modes for you to convert region-locked Blu-ray/DVD discs. Just choose one according to your needs.
Step 3: Set output format
Hit the button next to the “Add Photo” button and then click “Change” option on the drop-down panel to enter the “Profile” window. Choose output format from either “Format” or “Device” group according to your device. MP4 Video from “Format > Common Video” group is recommended.
You could adjust video and audio parameters of output files to make sure the output files meet your media or player exactly, including video bit rate, aspect ratio, resolution, audio codec, sample rate, audio bit rate, audio channel, etc. To do these, just click the “Edit” option on the drop-down panel next to the “Add Photo” button.
Step 4: Set output directory and start converting
On the main interface, click the “Convert” in green on the sub-menu and then set output directory in the “Save to” box to save output video file. After that, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom to start converting Blu-ray/DVD for PS4 Pro.
You then only need to wait for the conversion to complete. It won’t take you long to get the final results. Once the conversion completes, you could then freely use the video files you get in the way you need.
Part 4: FAQs about playing disc on PS4 Pro
The below are some issues you need to pay attention to for playing discs on PS4 Pro:
1. What discs are not supported by PS4 Pro? CD, BD-RE ver.1.0, BD-R/RE XL and DVDs that have not been finalized.
2. Do not use these discs. Doing this may damage your system: 8 cm discs; Non-circular discs, such as discs in the shape of a card, star, or heart; Discs that are cracked or deformed, or discs that have been repaired.
3. A DualDisc features one side that conforms to the DVD standard, and the other side with audio only. The audio-only side cannot be played on your PS4™ system.
4. For continuous playback of copyright-protected BDs, the encryption key for AACS (Advanced Access Content System) might need to be renewed. The encryption key is automatically renewed when your PS4™ system is connected to the Internet.
5. Some discs may not be playable due to scratches, dust, the quality of recording, or the characteristics of the recording device.
6. In rare instances, DVDs, BDs and other media may not play properly on your PS4™ system. This is primarily due to variations in the manufacturing process or encoding of the software.