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Can the Xbox One play Blu-ray movies?

Yes, but you’ll have to download something to make it work.

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The Xbox One from Microsoft is a great console for playing a variety of games, but there is more to life than just video games. You know, things like TV and movies and stuff. Those things.

Sure, you can download apps for Netflix, YouTube, Twitch and more, but what if you want to kick it old-school and pop in a DVD or Blu-ray disc?

Can the Xbox One play Blu-ray movies?

  • Short answer: Yes

Your Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X can all play Blu-ray movies. Granted, you’ll need to do one simple thing before actually being able to view the movies –  and you’re going to need an internet connection to complete the process. Lame, I know.

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To watch Blu-ray movies on your Xbox One console, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Head to the Xbox Store on your console
  2. Search for the official Blu-ray Player app
  3. Download that thang
xbox one blu ray player app

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Once it finishes installing, you’re good to go! Simply insert your Blu-ray disc into the Xbox One and kick back with 13 hours of Lord of the Rings goodness. If you want even better quality, the later Xbox One models support Ultra HD Blu-ray for 4K playback. Your screen must be capable of transmitting this resolution to benefit, but there are a variety of 4K monitors for the Xbox One X that can do the job. Remember, if you plan on taking your Xbox with you and are worried about internet access, you’ll need to download the app before you go.

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