How to fix a disc read error on PS4: What to do when you PlayStation 4 can't read discs

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So, you're looking at your PS4, knowing full well that it may not make it to the PS5 launch date. The fans sound brutal, things aren't as perky or smooth as they once were.

This isn't the end of the world, things get older, that's life, that's what all the people say.

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However, these are all small issues until something serious happens. What do you do when your PS4 stops reading discs.

So, here's how to fix disc read errors on your PS4...

How to fix a disc read error on PS4

There are a few different fixes for this issue, and that's because there can be a few different causes.

The first port of call should be to clean the disc itself. Use a very soft cloth to do so or you'll risk scratching it and potentially making the issue worse.

If this doesn't work, then you should test out another disc to make sure it's the PS4, and not the disc itself. If that's the case, then you'll have to access safe mode.

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Safe mode and other fixes

To access safe mode on your PS4 you'll need to turn off the console first, then turn it on by holding the power button until you hear a beep after seven seconds of holding it.

The PS4 will now be in safe mode, so you'll have to connect a PS4 controller to it via USB cable. You can then choose option 5 to Rebuild Database. This basically clears some of the clutter from your PS4.

If that doesn't work, you can try Reinstalling System Software, which is also accessed from safe mode and is option 7. This will delete all of the information on the hard drive though, so you'll need to reinstall literally everything including the basic System Software.

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If that still doesn't work, then you'll need to send your console in for a service, which you can do by going to the fix and replace page on the PlayStation site.

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