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Can the Xbox Series X play Blu-ray movies?

Yes, The Xbox Series X can play Blu-ray movies, but you’ll have to download an app to make it work.

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Quick Answer: Yes, the Xbox Series X can play Blu-ray. The console also comes with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, which means it can play 4K Ultra HD movies without additional hardware.

The Xbox Series X is more than just a gaming console.

Microsoft’s ninth-generation console is a computing powerhouse that combines gaming with just about anything else you could ask from a multi-media device.

You can download streaming apps like Disney Plus or Netflix and use your console as a full-on streaming device.

In addition, the Xbox Series X also has a disc drive, so you can play any old DVDs you have. But what about Blu-ray?

A while back, Blu-ray was the king of digital media, and every movie that came out got a Blu-ray release, as they were the highest quality video available at the time.

If you have an old Blu-ray collection, you might wonder, “Can I play Blu-ray movies on my Xbox Series X?”

So, does the Xbox Series X play Blu-rays?

Short Answer: Yes

The Xbox Series X can play Blu-ray movies, but you’ll have to download an app to make it work.

For whatever reason, the console doesn’t have the Blu-ray player app installed by default, so you will have to head to the Microsoft Store on your console and download the Blu-ray app.

How to play Blu-ray on Xbox Series X

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

  1. Head to the Xbox Store on your Xbox Series X

  2. Search for the official Blu-ray Player appblue ray plaer app on xbox series x to play DVD

  3. Download the Blu-ray Player app and install it

It’s a relatively small app; once you do that, you’ll be ready to play Blu-ray movies on your console.

⚠️ Keep in mind that this is only available on the Series X. The Series S is sold without a disk drive, so you’ll have to stick to streaming since the console can’t play Blu-ray discs.

Does the Xbox Series X play 4K Blu-ray?

Yes, the Xbox Series X can play 4K Blu-ray discs.

This means that you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows in super sharp, ultra-high definition. Pus, the added bonus of HDR, which makes everything look awesome.

However, your screen must be capable of transmitting in 4K to benefit, but there are a variety of 4K monitors for the Xbox Series X that can do the job.

So to answer your question, yes, the Xbox Series X plays Blu-rays, with built-in support for both Blu-ray and DVD.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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