Can Xbox Series S Play Discs? How to Play DVDs on Xbox Series S?
Q: Does Xbox Series S play discs?
Official answer: 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.
No Disc Drive? Digitize Discs for Xbox Series S DVD Player to Play
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 protection for Xbox Series S to play successfully.
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.
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 disc to one of these video formats first. The tool you can use is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum – Digitize DVD Discs for Xbox Series S to Play
- 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.
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 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 version.
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.
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, but it can play DVD media files 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 for Xbox Series S to play.