It is kind of freaking me out when my PS4 Slim has problems with Blu-ray disc. It is strange that not all Blu-ray disc will show this problem and surprisingly some are working pretty well with PS4 Slim. So my question is what is the problem with my PS4 Slim or do I need to switch to another PS4 console? It is not cheap and I barely have the budget to get a new one.
It is a question excerpted from the internet and here is all you need to know about PS4 Slim Blu-ray.
Introduction to PS4 Slim
Talking about PS4 Slim, you may naturally think of PS4, an eighth-generation home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It accommodates all the greatest games, TV, music and more. Yes, PS4 and PS4 Slim are born from the same family. They share almost all features and only differ in some aspects so overall the Slim will launch with the same internal specs as the original PS4, just with some design adjustments. First of all, their price does differ a little bit. PS4 Slim is cheaper than PS4, the legendary console since its release to the market. So for a lot of play station fans, the money saved from PS4 Slim is the money earned, leading to growing popularity of PS4 Slim. Secondary, PS4 Slim is substantially thinner than PS4, but the actual surface area does not see much difference. Most important, PS4 Slim runs the same library of games as the original PS4, and both PS4 and Slim will support HDR graphics thanks to the latest major PS4 update.
Does PS4 Slim support playback of Blu-rays
So does PS4 Slim play Blu-ray? PS4 Slim runs everything ranging from games, TV, music to movie. It is your hand-held play station and media player. Therefore, technically it does support playback of Blu-rays only if the PS4 console adopts the same region codes with the Blu-ray discs you want to play. However, the least expected situation may come when the region code on Blu-ray or DVD disc is different from the region code encoded in your PS4 Slim, which means you may encounter a message saying “Cannot play this disc due to region restrictions.” In this case, you will fail to open your Blu-ray or DVD disc on PS4 Slim. Region locked Blu-ray disc is not compatible with PS4 Slim. Either PS4 Slim or Blu-ray disc should be modified so that PS4 Slim can stream Blu-ray at ease.
What are Blu-ray region codes
Blu-ray has used a Region Coding scheme, which controls whether you can play certain discs on your player. Region locked Blu-ray discs may have certain rules to decide where this Blu-ray can be played. For Blu-ray discs, there are three regions, shown in below table.
- Region A: United States, Canada and Asian nations such as Japan, Korea and Hong Kong
- Region B: Europe, Australia and New Zealand
- Region C: Russia and India
Take an example, if a Blu-ray disc is released with region code category A, it indicates that this Blu-ray can only be played in regions like United States, Canada and Asian nations such as Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. Other regions outside A won’t be able to play the Blu-ray disc freely unless they can remove the equipped region code.
What to do when the Blu-ray disc can’t be played on your PS4 slim due to region code
Region locked Blu-ray disc may bring a big question “what to do when the Blu-ray disc can’t be played on your PS4 slim due to region code”. Here is the solution to the problem. If a region locked Blu-ray is free from region code restriction, it will be playable on any player anywhere, let alone PS4 Slim Blu-ray playback. The easiest way is to make a backup of Blu-ray disc without region code restriction.
#1. Use Leawo Blu-ray Copy to make a region-free copy of the disc
Leawo Blu-ray Copy is a top rated program to copy DVD/Blu-ray disc at zero quality loss. This Blu-ray copy software could copy Blu-ray disc of BD25 and BD50, copy Blu-ray folder and ISO image file, copy DVD disc of DVD-9/DVD-5, DVD folder and DVD ISO image file as well. It preforms pretty well to copy Blu-ray and backup DVD regardless of disc protection and region restriction. That is to say no matter you get a Blu-ray disc with AACS, BD+ or the latest MKB protection in region A, B, or C, or CSS-DVD disc ranging from region 0 to 6, this Blu-ray copier could easily copy Blu-ray and DVD disc and have the region code removed in the copy. I am going to show you how to make PS4 Slim play Blu-ray using Leawo Blu-ray Copy.
Step 1: Launch Blu-ray Copy.
Note that you need to install a program called Leawo Prof.Media in order to use Leawo Blu-ray Copy as it’s part of Leawo Prof.Media. Start Prof.Media and then you can find Blu-ray Copy on its main interface. Click on Blu-ray Copy to load the module.
Step 2: Add the source Blu-ray disc to the software.
Click the Add Blu-ray/DVD button on the toolbar and then click Add from CD-ROM to add the source disc content to the software.
Step 3: Choose the target copy mode.
Choose the target copy mode from three options, namely full movie, main movie and custom mode. Full movie means to copy all Blu-ray disc contents, main movie lets you copy the movie only, while custom mode allows you to choose certain titles to copy and discard the rest. Remember to specify the disc type at the bottom. There are 4 options available, BD50, BD25, DVD-9 and DVD-5.
Step 4: Set a directory to save the output backup contents.
Click the button Copy from the toolbar and a sidebar will pop up, where you can set Copy to and Save to directory. If you tick Copy to Folder or Copy to ISO File, it means you will copy the Blu-ray disc in a folder or as an ISO file saved in the directory that you set in the Save to box, respectively. You may copy the source Blu-ray to a new disc as well. After you set the Copy to and Save to options, click the Copy button at the bottom of the sidebar to copy the Blu-ray disc. Any region code will be removed thoroughly during this process.
Step 5: View the backup process.
Track down on the real time status through the green progress bar, which tells you exactly how much percentage has been done. PS4 Slim Blu-ray playback is available once the copying completes.
Leawo Blu-ray Copy Video Tutorial:
#2. Use Leawo Blu-ray Ripper to rip Blu-ray to MP4
There is a dual-function program – Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, capable of ripping and converting Blu-ray DVD to 180+ video/ audio with 100% original quality and 6X faster speed. It is a smart way to handle region locked Blu-rays too. With it, PS4 Slim Blu-ray playback is not a problem at all because it will clear the region restrictions and convert the Blu-ray to a more common format for playback on any player, let alone PS4 Slim. Here is how to use this program to rip and convert Blu-ray to MP4 for playback on PS4 Slim.
Step 1: Launch Leawo Blu-ray Ripper.
Step 2: Add source Blu-ray disc.
Click Add Blu-ray/DVD to import the source disc contents.
Step 3: Select videos to rip.
The following list has all the videos in the disc on it and you are allowed to select different videos to rip. You have 3 buttons to help you select different videos. Use the Full Movie button to select all the videos for ripping. The Main Movie button will help you pick out the main movie from the list for ripping. Custom Mode is provided for you to select the videos you need from the list by yourself. Click OK when you are done with video selecting.
Step 4: Change the output format.
Click the Format button which currently has the MP4 Video label on it and click Change from the format drop down menu and choose the target format. PS4 slim supports MP4, so you can stick with the default MP4 profile to convert Blu-ray to MP4 or choose other MP4 profiles like HD MP4.
Step 5: Edit the Blu-ray video.
Click Edit from the format drop down menu and you will be able to edit the video, for example, trim or crop the video, add 3D effects etc.
Step 6: Convert the source Blu-ray to MP4.
Click the Convert button on the toolbar and set a directory for saving output file. Click the round button Convert later to kick off the conversion. Once it is done, you will have your region-free MP4 files saved in your drive. Transfer it to your PS4 Slim for Blu-ray playback.
Leawo Blu-ray Ripper Video Guide:
The above sections have perfectly answered your question “does PS4 Slim play Blu-ray” with details explained step by step. Leawo Blu-ray Copy and Leawo Blu-ray Ripper are two brilliant software programs to enable you to make a backup of Blu-ray disc or directly rip and convert Blu-ray to region free formats for smooth playback on PS4 Slim. Region locked Blu-rays will no longer be a problem to free playback everywhere. Oppositely, we have two smart solutions to handle region codes without hurting the source Blu-ray quality. Obviously you will get something you need from them. If you have Blu-ray discs you can’t play due to the region codes on them and want the quickest solution to the problem, just get a region-free Blu-ray player.