How to Play Dvds on Xbox One

Though the Xbox One no longer has an optical drive, you can still play DVDs on the console. You just need to purchase an external USB DVD drive. In this article, we’ll show you how to play DVDs on Xbox One.

What You Need

To watch DVDs or Blu-ray movies on your Xbox One, you first need to connect an optical drive to the console. The Xbox One S and Xbox One X have built-in 4K Blu-ray drives, so you don’t need any extra hardware. If you have an original Xbox One, you’ll need to buy an external 4K Blu-ray drive.

Once you’ve got your optical drive connected, make sure it’s powered on and insert a DVD or Blu-ray movie. The console should automatically launch the disc’s content. If it doesn’t, go to My games & apps > Games, and then select the disc from the “Ready to install” section.

On the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, you can also use the Blu-ray player app to play movies from your personal collection. To do this, go to My games & apps > Apps and select the Blu-ray player app from the list.

Step One: Prepare the DVD

If you want to watch a DVD on your Xbox One, the first thing you need to do is prepare the DVD. This means making sure that the DVD is clean and free of any scratches. Once you’ve done that, you can insert the DVD into your Xbox One.

Choose the Right TV Show or Movie

Before you begin, it’s worth considering what you want to watch. You might want to rent a movie from the Microsoft Store, get a TV show from Netflix, or watch something you’ve downloaded to your Xbox One. If your game console is set up as a media center, you can also watch shows and movies stored on your computer.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing what to watch:

  • The Xbox One can play both DVDs and Blu-rays, but if you have a 4K TV, you’ll need a 4K Blu-ray player to take advantage of ultra high definition content. Ultra HD Blu-rays are not currently supported on the Xbox One S or original Xbox One console.
  • If you want to watch 3D movies, you’ll need an HDCP 2.2 compliant HDMI cable and 3D glasses that work with your TV.
  • To view region-locked content (like DVDs or Blu-rays from another country), you’ll need an Xbox Live account set to that region. For example, if you want to watch a PAL DVD on your Xbox One in North America, first set up your console with a Belgian Microsoft account.

Insert the DVD into your Xbox One

If you have an Xbox One, you can play DVDs right out of the box. You’ll just need to insert the DVD into your Xbox One. If you’re having trouble playing a DVD, it’s probably due to a dirty disc or a problem with your Xbox One. Try cleaning your DVD before inserting it into your Xbox One. If that doesn’t work, you may need to get your Xbox One serviced.

Step Two: Start Playing the DVD

You’ve got your Xbox One set up, you’ve got your controller in-hand, and you’re ready to watch a movie. But how do you actually get the DVD to play? There are a few steps you need to follow in order to get started. Let’s take a look.

From the Dashboard

From the Dashboard, go to the Store. Depending on your location, you might see Movies & TV or Movies & TV Show apps. If you can’t find either of those apps, select My Games and Apps, then go to the Apps section.

If you’re in the US or Canada, use the Movies & TV app to browse and play movies and TV shows that you’ve already downloaded to your console.

You can also rent or buy movies and TV shows from Microsoft Store. For more info on how to do that, see How to rent or buy a movie or TV show from Microsoft Store on Xbox One.

From the Xbox One Store

From the Xbox One Store, select My Games & Apps.

Highlight the Movies & TV tile, and then press the Menu button on your controller.

Select Rent or buy, and then follow the instructions on your screen to complete your purchase.

Step Three: Adjust Settings

The next step is to adjust your Xbox One’s settings so that it can play DVDs. You can do this by going to the Settings menu and selecting the “Disc & Blu-Ray” option. Once you’re in the Disc & Blu-Ray menu, you’ll need to select the “Blu-Ray” tab and then select the “Video Output” option. From there, you’ll need to set the “Video Output” option to “1080p.”

Audio and Video Settings

Before you begin playing a DVD on your Xbox One, you’ll need to adjust your audio and video settings. To do this, open the Xbox One Guide by double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller. Then, go to Settings > All Settings > Personalization > My Colors and select your preferred color scheme. Next, go to Settings > All Settings > Personalization > Language & location and select your preferred language. Finally, go to Settings > All Settings > System > Console info & updates and select Restart now.

Once your Xbox One has restarted, insert your DVD into the console’s disc tray. Then, press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the guide. Go to My games & apps > Apps and launch the DVD Player app.

If you’re having trouble playing a DVD on your Xbox One, try adjusting your audio and video settings. Go to Settings > All Settings > Display & sound and make sure that Dolby Atmos for home theater is turned off. You can also try changing your display resolution to 720p or 1080p.


We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to play DVDs on Xbox One. As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us in the comment section below. Happy gaming!

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