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What discs work in an Xbox Series X and how to use them

Xbox Series X
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Knowing what discs work in an Xbox Series X will help you understand how much of your physical gaming library is playable or even which movies you can watch if you've got any on a disc. Thankfully, the Xbox Series X has excellent disc compatibility options, which means your catalogue of old Xbox 360 and even original Xbox games are playable on your new Series X, as well as a variety of entertainment experiences on different media. This means that, now you've been able to buy the Xbox Series X, you can easily play your favorite games that you were already playing, or revisit some classics, whether it's for nostalgia or to play the ones you missed provided you have the disc. If you want to know exactly which types of discs work in an Xbox Series X, we've got everything you needs to know about what's compatible and how you use it.

Note that the Xbox Series S is a digital-only console with no disc drive, and is not compatible with external disc drives so you cannot use discs with that console.

What discs work in an Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

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With the Xbox Series X, you can use game discs for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox – all Xbox One titles (apart from Kinect games) should be compatible, along with any Xbox 360 and original Xbox games that work with Xbox One. Insert the game disc then follow any on-screen prompts to install data or download updates, and once that's done you're good to go. You check here for more information on how to install Xbox Series X games, especially digital games.

For entertainment, you may be wondering does Xbox Series X play Blu-ray movies? Well yes, the Xbox Series X can use Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs to watch your favourite movies, TV shows, and more. To get started, head to the Store app on your Xbox Series X and download the Blu-ray Player app, then once that's installed simply pop in your disc and start viewing.

How to insert discs in an Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

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If your Xbox Series X console is placed in the horizontal position many of us are familiar with using, with the power button located in the top right corner, then insert your discs in the standard direction with the label side facing upwards. If you have your Xbox Series X standing in the vertical position, then insert your discs with the label side facing the left hand edge of the console. And when you're done with them, here's how to eject an Xbox Series X disc as well.

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Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 475 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.