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Does Xbox Series X play Blu-ray movies?

Xbox Series X
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Does Xbox Series X play Blu-ray movies? You'll be pleased to know that the short short answer is, yes. More specifically, the Xbox Series X can play DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, although you might face a few restrictions and issues with some of these formats which are important to be aware of. Remember, if you've got yourself an Xbox Series S, discs of any kind are unusable as it is a digital-only console and does not support external disc drives, so streaming services, will be your main option. If you've got your Xbox Series X console already set up after buying one of the Xbox Series X bundles, here's everything you need to know about playing Blu-ray movies on it.

How to play Blu-ray movies on Xbox Series X 

Xbox Series X

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If you're looking to watch movies on your Xbox Series X using Blu-Ray discs, we recommend that you navigate to the Microsoft Store on your console and download the Blu-ray player if you haven't already. It's just 28.4MB, so won't take up a great deal of space on that 1TB SSD, but is required if you want to play Blu-ray movies on Xbox Series X. If you're looking for further information on what discs work in an Xbox Series X, due to the console's sweeping backwards compatibility, be sure to check out our separate guide for more details.

With respect to compatibility, there are some Xbox Series X region locks to be aware of. Much like the Xbox One, most Blu-ray films are locked to the region that your console came from to stop you playing media from other territories. However, if you have any Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in your collection, you will be able to play them on your Xbox Series X without fear, as helpfully they are all region free. 

Still, if you're planning on picking up any Blu-ray movies to play on Xbox Series X, it's worth being aware of the following region lock restrictions before committing to a purchase:

  • Region A: North America, South America, U.S. Territories, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia
  • Region B: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Region C: Asia (except for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia)
  • Region Free: This is not an official setting, but discs that have the region FREE symbol should play on any machine.

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Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.