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#1 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:15 PM

So ya,

 

System update 6.51 added a region lock to the drive. You can only change it 4 times and then its totally locked.

Thanks for nothing Sony. Until this update I was able to play both my NTSC and PAL dvd\blurays without an issue.

Would have been nice to know about this before updating. Thanks for nothing Sony.

 

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#2 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:42 PM

I'm surprised they didn't lock the drive from the start, like must manufacturers have. Do you have a lot of PAL discs?

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:30 PM

I'm surprised they didn't lock the drive from the start, like must manufacturers have. Do you have a lot of PAL discs?

 

Mostly just movies. I do have some PAL games but only a couple. I was gonna order the physical release of Kholat (PAL only, NTSC is digital) but I'm hesitant now.



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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:29 PM

Game region locking is separate from movie region locking, and I think the games are generally region free on ps4 now.

That game should be compatible with everything. https://www.play-asi...holat/13/70afeb

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:22 PM

The days of what you bought is what you got is long gone. Its really annoying how companies are so controlling about your personal property.

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:06 PM

I decided that for watching movies, I should get an external USB drive for each region that I care about.  This at least works for computers.  I wonder if PS4 will use external media drives?



#7 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:37 PM

I just dumped the DVD and converted it to a digital format I can use in the media player for when I want to watch this show on my PS4. Still really sucks that there was no warning that this update would do this. Yesterday it played without issue, today it's a problem. Not fun.



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Posted Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:35 AM

This surprised me so I did a search. That makes it sound like there was always a 4 switch limit for DVD's and that Blu-Ray's were always region locked.

 

My PS4 has been unhooked the past few weeks. Looking forward to testing this out offline with some PAL Blu-Ray's I can't presently play, before biting the bullet and taking it back online.



#9 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:03 AM

And of course the regions are different for Blu-rays than for DVDs. What fun!

https://www.sony.com...ticles/00029369

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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 AM

The PS4 slim I have now for about 1.5 years always  had those limitations, so I don't think it's something that came with the latest firmware. DVD region can be changed 4 times BR "region"( they don't call it region anymore) can't be changed. 



#11 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:47 PM

The PS4 slim I have now for about 1.5 years always  had those limitations, so I don't think it's something that came with the latest firmware. DVD region can be changed 4 times BR "region"( they don't call it region anymore) can't be changed. 

 

Perhaps that is it and I've just been using blurays for so long and didn't use a DVD. 



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Posted Fri May 3, 2019 9:02 AM

No worries. I had to find out the hard way after some wallmart a-hole convinced my wife that 99% of BR's don't have region limitations and I couldn't see any of the symbols on the box of a couple of Studio Ghibli BR's. Back in Europe the bloody things wouldn't play on the PS4 and ofcourse the symbols for the regions the things play in were on the inlay. 






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