Best answer: No, the PS5 Digital Edition cannot play discs of any kind since it doesn't have a disc drive. If you want to use discs with your PS5, you'll need to get the regular console that has a disc drive and supports disc-based media.
What is PS5 Digital Edition?
Like its name suggests, the PS5 Digital Edition is a PS5 model that cannot play disc-based media of any kind since it completely lacks a disc drive. Instead, any games you'd like to play will need to be downloaded directly to its solid-state drive (SSD) for storage. This also means it won't be able to play any 4K Blu-ray discs or DVDs.
Other than the removal of its disc drive, Sony's Jim Ryan said that both consoles are identical in an interview with CNET.
That means you're getting the same product, barring the disc drive, with the exact same specs. The PS5 features an 825GB SSD and runs at 10.28 TFLOPS (variable) at 2.23 GHz with a Custom RDNA 2 GPU. The PS5 Digital Edition also costs $100 less.
Is there any way to get the PS5 Digital Edition to play discs?
While there are external disc drives that can be used over USB on the market, the PS5 Digital Edition does not support them. If you buy a PS5 Digital Edition with the intent to heavily mod it to regain this compatibility, you'll be out of luck.
Which PS5 should I buy if I want to use discs?
Only the regular PS5 plays discs. If you have a collection of physical games, 4K Blu-ray, and DVDs you want to use, you should definitely buy the standard console. If not, you can save some money and some physical space by opting for the Digital Edition.
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The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition have been released, but they're sold out at most retailers so you'll have to keep checking back to see when more come in stock. With two versions to choose from, you'll be able to pick which best suits your budget. PS5 is the place to be for next-gen exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West.
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