The original PlayStation 4 is a versatile machine, being able to play video games, stream content from platforms like Netflix and Hulu, and install various applications. This is all done at a high quality, 1080p—provided you have the display for it. However, it begs the question: can the PS4 play Blu-ray?
It’s a good question, one that may be a selling point for you. Get your wallet out because you’re going to need it.
Can PS4 Play Blu-ray?
Not only can the PS4 play Blu-ray discs, it has a very fast processor that the Blu-ray can make use of, which places it as one of the fastest Blu-ray players on the market. It just so happens that the processor that the Blu-ray player uses also gets used on video games.
Like its predecessor, the PlayStation 4 is a great Blu-ray player. Capping out at a resolution of 1080p, which is what HD Blu-ray discs run in. There’s even a nice, little remote you can get if you want to forego a DualShock 4 controller for something more akin to movie playback.
Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but what about the other guy? You know, the PlayStation 4 Pro. What can he do?
Can PS4 Pro Play 4K Blu-ray?
When you think “Blu-ray,” you aren’t just thinking of 1080p playback. Oh no, there’s also 4K Blu-ray discs, which incorporate far higher graphical fidelity than 1080p ever will. What do you expect when it’s higher resolution? So, when someone says, “Yes, PS4 can play Blu-ray,” you have to be specific.
The PS4 can indeed play Blu-ray discs, as mentioned previously, but only 1080p. When you’re browsing movies at the store and you use “Blu-ray” printed across the cover, you’re being told those movies in particular playback at a 1080p resolution. But then you see Blu-ray movies that have a black color, rather than the established blue, those happen to be 4K Blu-ray. You’ll see “4K UltraHD” printed across the top.
If the original PS4 can play Blu-ray, and the PS4 Pro is better, one would assume the PS4 Pro can play 4K, right? After all, it can play video games in 4K. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. The PS4 Pro cannot play back 4K UltraHD movies because it doesn’t have the necessary hardware to pull it off. Video games, yes. Movies, no.
The Trend Continues…
Believe it or not, this trend of including the latest playback options is not a new move for Sony. In fact, it started all the way back during the release of the PlayStation 2. When it was released, it not only played PS2 titles, it was also a DVD player, and it was quite good at it too. It even included parental controls in the form of a PIN number. Due to its dual nature, it was part of the reason that the PlayStation 2 is the highest selling console to date.
And then there was the PlayStation 3. When it was released, Blu-ray discs were becoming the norm. Sony saw fit to include the ability of playing back not just DVDs this time around, but Blu-ray discs as well. Of course, the PlayStation 4 continued that trend.
However, it doesn’t stop there. The new contender is the PlayStation 5. What is it going to support, if anything? Well, if you were really hoping for it to play 4K Blu-ray discs, you’ll be happy to hear that it has been confirmed the PS5 will include a 4K Blu-ray player.