With the launch of PlayStation 5, Sony chose to bet on two versions of the new generation console, at different prices. In other words, the ‘normal’ PS5 (€499) and the PS5 Digital Edition (€399), the latter, as the name implies, only accepts digital content, reaching the market without a Blu-Ray player.
Well, nowadays, modern consoles are more a computer than anything else, accepting the connection of various types of peripherals such as mice, keyboards, headphones, etc… So… How about connecting a DVD or Blu-Ray player? Well, Sony thought about it, and therefore blocked support at the console’s firmware level.
PlayStation 5 without Blu-Ray player has firmware lock
Therefore, according to YouTuber Tronix Fix (video below), Sony has implemented some limitations in the PlayStation 5 Digital version firmware. All in order to prevent access to optical storage players on the cheaper console.
However, to be sure of this fact, YouTuber removed the Blu-Ray player from a ‘normal’ PlayStation 5, and tried to mount it directly on the motherboard of the Digital version of the same console. Interestingly, despite the motherboards being exactly the same, the digital version of the console doesn’t have the connectors for the optical drive.
All that said, YouTuber turned around the connection situation, and successfully assembled the Blu-Ray player in the Digital version. Interestingly, this was able to receive power, and even tried to read a disk. However, nothing appeared on the screen. In other words, Sony even blocked access to the firmware level of the console, in order to prevent players from buying the cheaper version of the console, and then connecting an external player at home.
Besides, what do you think about all this? Do you think this Sony effort makes sense? Please share your opinion with us in the comments below.