For those of you new to this console generation and finally made the leap to buying a Sony PlayStation 4, you’ve just entered a world of wonder. Play some of the greatest hits, such as God of War or The Last of Us, or maybe you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy a good movie. You absolutely can, whether it’s a DVD or Blu-ray disc.
But how do you play DVDs on a PS4? Well, it certainly isn’t rocket science.
How to Play DVDs on PS4
The ability to play DVDs on your PS4 can be a godsend, considering some movies have never been able to make the leap from DVD to Blu-ray. It may have been due to copyright or the loss of a license or maybe the company that once owned that DVD was never able to make the jump. Whatever the reason is, it’s easy enough to play DVDs on your PS4.
Here’s how it works:
1. Remove the DVD disc from its case. Be careful not to bend it. Press the button in the middle to eject the disc from its housing, and lift the DVD out by the sides.
2. Press the Eject button on the PS4 to ensure that another disc is not already in use.
3. Insert the DVD into the disc tray.
4. When the DVD appears on the home screen, use a DualShock 4 controller to navigate over to the DVD icon and press the X button to start your movie.
So, you tried that and were given the error, stating, “To play Blu-ray Disc or DVD videos, you must enable this PS4’s disc playback feature via the Internet,” well, you have to do what it asks. Why? Because through the Internet encryption keys are provided to read copyright-protected Blu-ray discs and DVDs, specifically AACS or Advanced Access Content System.
The act of connecting to a network is easy enough. There’s step below to help you out.
How to Connect to the Internet
If you attempted to play a DVD or Blu-ray disc, and the PS4 told you to enable the disc playback feature, you need to connect to the Internet to get it. Once connected, your console will then have the necessary encryption keys to read copyright-protected content. After that, you will not need the internet to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies. Every now and then you’ll have to connect with the Internet to ensure encryption keys stay up-to-date.
Here’s what you do:
1. While on the XMB—that’s the home screen—you’ll notice a row of small icons along the top. Use a DualShock 4 controller to navigate to the top. Highlight Settings and select it. You can find it on the right side of the XMB.
2. In your Settings, highlight and select Network.
3. On the Network page, first add a checkmark next to Connect to the Internet. Then go down to Set Up Internet Connection and select it.
4. If you choose Use Wi-Fi, the PlayStation 4 will scan for nearby networks. When one is chosen, and it has a password, you will need to provide the password to gain access. However, if you have an Ethernet cable connect, choose Use a LAN Cable. When the console senses the connection, you will automatically connect to the internet, no password required.
5. In the event that the PlayStation 4 has a system update, let it update. When it’s finished, you can carry out the steps in the previous section once again. This time around it will work.
It’s certainly annoying that you have to first connect to a network before you can play DVDs or Blu-ray discs. It’s nothing more than an attempt at keeping people connected at all times, but the silver lining is that it only needs to happen once, and maybe every few months or so. It keeps encryption keys updated, so you rarely run into a DVD or Blu-ray that can’t be read.