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Can Xbox Series S Play Discs? How to Play DVDs on Xbox Series S?

Does Xbox Series S play discs?

No. The Xbox Series S is an all-digital gaming console for disc-free gaming. Disc-based games are not compatible with Xbox Series S. Namely, Xbox Series S can’t play DVD discs directly.

Xbox Series S, like Xbox One S All-digital Edition, is a digital version console mainly for disc-free gaming. So, there is no disc drive to insert any physical game or movie discs. Though Microsoft dropped the optical disc drive on this console, you can still have a way to play DVD discs on Xbox Series S. That is converting DVD discs to digital versions for Xbox Series S to play.

Also read: Can Xbox One Play DVDs?

No Disc Drive? Convert DVD Discs to MP4 for Playback with Xbox Series S DVD Player

How to play DVD with Xbox Series S? As you can connect a USB to Xbox Series S to play a media file, you can simply convert DVD discs to Xbox Series S supported format like MP4 first. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a good choice to help digitize DVD discs to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, etc., and bypass region codes and DVD copy protections for Xbox Series S to play DVD discs successfully.

How to Play DVD Discs on Xbox Series S? Digitize DVD Is The Only Way

As Xbox Series S supported video formats include AVI (.avi, .divx), H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .avi), MPEG-4 Part 2 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov, .avi), WMV (VC-1), you can convert DVD discs to one of these video formats first. The tool you can use is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum – Best Tool to Digitize DVD Discs to Xbox Series S Supported Formats

  • Convert DVD discs to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, MPEG, MKV, FLV, 3GP, etc.
  • Convert DVD for all Xbox consoles, PS4, iPhone, Galaxy, etc.
  • Compress DVD videos to 90% smaller size with highest quality reserved.
Convert DVD for Xbox Series S
Convert DVD for Xbox Series S

Step 1. Load DVD disc.

After downloading, installing and launching WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, you can simply click on the DVD disc button to load the DVD disc you want to play on Xbox Series S.

Step 2. Choose output format.

When the Output Profile window appears, just go to Microsoft Device to choose "to Xbox Video" and pick an option. Then, click OK to go on.

Step 3. Start digitizing DVD disc.

By clicking on the Browse button, you can select a destination folder to save the converted DVD file. Then, hit RUN button to start converting DVD discs to digital versions.

Note: If your DVD file is too large in size, you can click the gear icon to adjust the bit rate, resolution, and other video/audio settings. Also, you can check the Hardware Accelerator to speed up the whole conversion process.

Step 4. Play your DVD files on Xbox Series S.

When the conversion finishes, simply transfer the DVD media file to USB and connect to Xbox Series S. Then, install Blu-ray Player app to play DVD files on Xbox Series S.

To sum up, by digitizing DVD discs to videos, you can free play disc-based games on Xbox Series S as well as watch movies and TV shows stored on the physical discs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can Xbox Series S play DVDs?

It depends. Xbox Series S can’t play optical DVD discs as there is no optical disc drive to insert physical discs, but it can play DVD media files like MP4, AVI, MOV, etc. without errors.

2. Will Xbox Series S have a disc drive?

No. Now and in the future, there would be no Xbox Series S disc edition. If you really need a disc drive, you may turn to other Xbox consoles like Xbox Series X, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

3. Can you play disc games on Xbox Series S?

The answer is absolutely no. No matter physical game discs or movie/TV shows DVDs, Xbox Series S is incapable of playing them directly. The only solution is to converting physical discs to digital version and then play with Xbox Series S.

4. Can You Use Xbox Series S External Disc Drive to Play Discs?

No. You are not allowed to use any external disc drive to play physical discs on the Xbox Series S. Even you have bought one, Microsoft will refuse you to connect to Xbox Series S console. So, when you don’t want to be limited to the digital contents only, we express sympathy but still suggest you to digitize DVD discs to video as it is the only way to play discs on Xbox Series S as of now.


author - Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, she has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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