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Can Xbox One Play DVDs? Why You Can't Play DVD on Xbox One?

Can Xbox One and other Xbox consoles play DVDs? This article will show you how to play DVD on Xbox One with the Blu-ray player app, how to play DVD on disc-less Xbox, and how to fix Xbox One won't play your DVD issue.

Xbox is a great device to play games. But users want more and are wondering: can Xbox One play DVDs? how to play DVD on the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X/S, and Xbox Series X/S? Can the Xbox One play DVDs without internet? Why can't I play DVDs on my Xbox One...

Now, let's make it all clear.

play DVD on Xbox One
Play DVD on Xbox One

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How to Play DVD on Disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and Xbox Series S?

As Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and Xbox Series S ship with no optical disc drive, Xbox One S and Xbox Series S can't play a DVD movie directly. To watch a DVD movie or TV series on these two Xbox consoles, you will need to convert the disc to digital formats for Xbox. First, learn what formats Xbox console will support:

Xbox supported video formats:
1. AVI (.avi, .divx), H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .avi), MPEG-4 Part 2 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov, .avi), WMV (VC-1)
2. The maximum file size for an MPEG-4 Part 2 or H.264 file is 4 GB.

Xbox One S' 1TB HDD has preloaded with Minecraft (1.12GB), Forza Horizon 3 (46.34 GB – 60 GB), and Sea of Thieves (25GB). Though the storage is enough to hold several games, you need to know that video games, quite different from media like movies which top out at a few GBs at most, are reaching 100GB on Xbox One and PS4. For example, Gears Of War 4 (116.77GB) and Halo 5: Guardians (97.53GB). Therefore, you need to keep the digital version of the DVD movies smallest possible to keep fluent gaming experiences.

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Follow the steps to convert DVD for playing DVD on Xbox One S and Xbox Series S.

Step 1. Launch WinX DVD ripper and click DVD Disc button to load the DVD you want to play on Xbox One S and Xbox Series S.

Step 2. The DVD will be instantly loaded and the main title will be automatically checked. After the Output Profile window appears, move to Microsoft Device > to Xbox Video > Xbox One (AVI/H264/WMV2) > OK.

Convert DVD to Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and Xbox Series S
Convert DVD to Xbox One S All-digital Edition and Xbox Series S

Step 3. (optional) To ensure the smallest ripped video for Xbox One, click the gear icon to adjust the bit rate, resolution, and other video/audio settings; and click the Edit button to cut any unwanted parts, remove commercials, etc.

Step 4. Check the Hardware Accelerator boxes on the main interface to speed up the process if possible. Click Browse to set the destination folder and click RUN to rip DVD to Xbox One. Once done, you can import the DVD rip file into Xbox One S and Xbox Series S for playback.

How to Play DVD on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X  with Optical Disc Drive?

Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X all are packed with optical disc drive to play physical discs. DVD playback on those consoles is much easier.

Step 1. Install the Blu-ray player app on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X. You can install this app in 2 ways.

way 1. From Xbox Home
Go to Store from Xbox Home and search Blu-ray Player app. After it appears in results, click it to enter info page. Select Free or Install to download and install it on Xbox One. After the app is installed, you can find it on Home Screen.

Install Blu-ray Player to play DVD on Xbox One/Xbox Series X
Install Blu-ray Player to play DVD on Xbox One/Xbox Series X

Way 2. By inserting a DVD disc
Put a DVD disc into the optical drive on Xbox One. The Blu-ray Disc app appears. Click it and select Free or Install on Blu-ray player app info page. After the installation is completed, your DVD will play automatically.

If you use the first way to install the Blu-ray Player, you still have two steps to finish.

Step 2. Set Xbox One console for automatic disc playback.

  • Press the Xbox button and enter into the settings.
  • Select System > Settings and choose Disc & Blu-ray. You can select Disc settings or Blu-ray settings based on the disc you have. Choosing "Play disc automatically" will let the Xbox console play a DVD automatically when you insert it.

Step 3. Import target DVD into the DVD drive of Xbox One and start playing it. Please make sure the DVD is supported by your Xbox. Xbox, like other DVD players/computer drives, supports discs sold in the same region as the console. You can't play any foreign DVD movies on Xbox One. For example, you cannot play Japanese DVD on Xbox One you bought from the USA.

Why Xbox One Sometimes won't Play/Read DVDs? How to Fix?

Although there is an absolute YES answer to "Can Xbox One play DVDs", the forum is thronged with complaints of DVDs not playing on Xbox One. Below are some of the most typical Xbox One won't read discs & other DVD playback errors.

  • My Xbox One plays games just fine, as well as Blu-ray disc but not DVDs. When I put a DVD in the console, the Blu-ray app starts and then the screen goes black. The DVD discs are in great condition.
  • I want to watch a DVD but a message came up to a black screen: "We're having trouble reading this. Make sure it's a Blu-ray or DVD".
  • When I tried to play a DVD my Xbox One X says it cannot play the DVD because it is the incorrect region code.
  • I can't play the DVD with the error reads, "Unplayable Disc: If this is a game, DVD, or CD, please place it in your Xbox 360 disc tray."
  • It gives me the error "Eject the disc, then try again. Make sure you're using an xbox one game, a music cd or a movie on blu-ray or DVD. (0x80820002)."

Why this kind of problem occurs? How can we do to fix it?

  • Reason 1: Defective or scratched DVD disc.  Please check your DVD disc. If the disc is broken, incorrect format, or in a bad condition, it won't play on Xbox One and even show the error 0x91d70000 code. If it is just dirty without damaging, clean it with a soft and clean cloth. Please don't touch the top or bottom surface with your hands.
  • Reason 2: Cracked disc drive.  If the DVD plays well on another console, probably something wrong happens to the disc drive. You need to replace the optical drive with a new one. Learn how to repair Xbox One disc drive yourself >>
  • Reason 3: Blu-ray player app is not correctly installed If you can play games well on Xbox One but not Blu-ray discs or DVDs, try to uninstall and reinstall Blu-ray player app. It will also remind you to connect the internet to play a DVD on Xbox One if you're offline with no Blu-ray player app installed.
  • Reason 4: DVDs are not purchased from the same region as Xbox One or strictly protected. If you got a region-coded DVD incompatible with Xbox One, you should make it region-free first. What's more, some DVDs (especially newly released DVD movies) are encrypted by particular protections which Blu-ray player app is not improved to support. You are suggested to decrypt DVD to digital file in a format supported by Xbox One for fixing the playback issue.

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Settings aside, most DVD won't play on Xbox One errors involve bad disc or region code (protections). If you want to play these discs on Xbox One X/S or any other devices, you also need a DVD ripper. To address those issues, a regular program will fail to help. In fact, 95% of DVD rippers will lead to DVD not recognized, random crashes, freezing at xx%, incomplete DVD copy, or poor output quality when dealing strictly-protected or unplayable DVDs.

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Follow the steps to remove region code for Xbox One drive and fix other Xbox One won't play DVD errors.

Step 1. Run WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and click the Disc button to load the DVD that won't play on Xbox One.

Fix Xbox One Won't Play DVD Error
Fix Xbox One Won't play DVD error

Step 2. It will automatically detect the right title from region encoded/protected DVDs and pop up a format window asking you to select the output file. You can click General Profiles > MP4 or find Microsoft Device under Device Profile and select Xbox One.

Step 3. Check the Safe Mode on the right lower part of the interface and it will remove any ripping errors. Then click Run and start to convert DVD to Xbox One. After the rip, you can play the DVD movie on Xbox without limitations.

Watch Video Tutorial of How to Fix Xbox One Not Playing DVD Issue?


1. Can Xbox One play DVD without internet / offline?

DVD playback on Xbox One doesn't require internet. But you should note that you need to connect the internet at least once to download the Blu-ray player to local. If you weren't connected to Xbox Live and didn't download it when you first put a Blu-Ray/DVD in the console, then it would give you an error. So, that's why some people think Xbox one won't play dvd without internet.

2. Can Xbox One play DVDs from other regions?

No. The Xbox One console can only play Blu-ray discs and DVDs that are sold in the same region as the console, as well as those that are not region-encoded or are coded to all regions. If your Xbox One is sold in region 1, then it will not be able to play region 2 DVDs.

3. Can the original Xbox play DVD?

Yes, but you need to purchase an extra Xbox DVD playback kit - remote control and receiver. You can get the kit from eBay or somewhere else.

4. Why Xbox one plays Bluray but not DVD?

It may be a hardware issue. The drive has two lasers in its assembly, red laser for DVD and CD, blue for Blu-ray. So, the one used to read DVD discs could have failed.

Final Words:

Can Xbox play DVD? Yes, you can watch DVDs on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox One S All-digital Edition, Xbox One X/S, Xbox Series X/S, and the original Xbox. At the same time, a DVD ripper is a must-have to convert DVDs for drive-less Xbox One and fix any "Xbox One won't play DVD" errors. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, with the industry-leading DVD digitizing & protection removal ability, is your best choice.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

If all above troubleshooting tips can't fix "DVD won't play on Xbox One" issue, please contact Microsoft team for getting a repair service of your console.

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Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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