Xbox Series X Owners Voice Blu-Ray Issues, Only Plays “30-40% Of 4K Discs”

Xbox Series X can play Blu-ray movies but the console drive can only play some Blu-ray discs and the ones it does, it does so with comprises.

Microsoft designed Xbox Series X to play Blu-ray movies but as it stands, the console drive can only play some Blu-ray discs and the ones it does, it does so with comprises.

Taking to Reddit earlier today, Xbox Series X owners banded together to ask Microsoft for a much needed and much due update. The complains note that the Blu-ray drive can take “minutes” to load a 10-second opening sequence, and that a triple-layer 100 GB Blu-ray disc loads a 4K movie without any audio and with just a couple of frames per second, leading to intense stuttering and frustration.

“Microsoft loves to slap Ultra HD Blu-ray playback on the box, but in reality it can currently only play about 30 – 40% of 4K discs,” pointed out one disgruntled Xbox Series X owner.

Furthermore, Xbox Series X can become pretty loud while playing Blu-ray movies, which can be brought down by simply turning the console on its side instead of keeping it upright.

However, it should be noted that the Blu-ray issues are not across the board and that only some Xbox Series X owners are facing them. Some of whom have been facing the issues for a good part of the past year. Between numerous player-discovered solutions, a question rises if Microsoft needs to update its Blu-ray drive or if the impacted consoles are suffering from some other hardware flaw.

If you were not aware that your Xbox Series X can run Blu-ray movies, do that now. The console surprisingly has no built-in Blu-ray player but you can head to the Xbox Store and download the Blu-ray app. While purchasing Blu-ray movies though, remember that region restrictions are still in place. A disc from Region B (Europe) will not run in Region A (North America) unless they are termed as region free.

Saqib is a managing editor at who has halted regime changes, curbed demonic invasions, and averted at least one cosmic omnicide from the confines of his gaming chair. When not whipping his writers into ...