Best 4K UHD player to complement your Xbox Series S Windows Central 2021
As video game consoles move to a more digital ecosystem, you may be wondering what to do with the 4K Blu-ray collection you have been amassing. With the arrival of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft has given us a compelling next-gen console with no way to play our movie collection. Here are some choices of 4K UHD Blu-ray players to make up for what the Series S lacks.
- Best overall: Sony UBP-X700
- Best for 3D Blu-ray: LG 3D Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray 4K Player
- For your PC: Archgon UHD 4K Blu-Ray Writer
- Data transfer king: Atevon High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable
Best overall: Sony UBP-X700Staff Pick
The Sony X700 is the perfect balance between price and usability. It has an excellent optical drive made by Sony and supports HDMI 2.0 and will play 4K UHD Blu-rays with no problem. The sony player also comes with a Wi-Wi connection, allowing you to stream from your favorite services, making it a media center rather than just a Blu-ray player.
Best for 3D Blu-ray: LG 3D Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray 4K Player
While the LG doesn't have the Wi-Fi connection of the Sony, it has the ability to play 3D Blu-rays and 4K UHD Blu-rays. It's also worth noting that this player is compatible with the LG smart remote, so if you have an LG TV already, this is an excellent way to go.
For your PC: Archgon UHD 4K Blu-Ray Writer
While many people may not have a 4K TV, many people have computers and Monitors capable of outputting that resolution. The Archgon 4K UHD Bluray writer is an external drive for PC or Mac that will let you watch 4K Blu-rays and even write data to Blu-ray discs. It's a great price too.
Data transfer king: Atevon High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable
Once you have chosen your player, you will need to make sure you have the right cables to connect it. HDMI 2.0 is required for 4K UHD content, and the players don't always have them. This gold-plated cable from Atevon is six feet long and perfect for 4K playback.
Super sharp visuals
The Xbox Series S is compelling for several reasons, one being the cost. Microsoft can offer it so cheap is because of the removal of the disc drive and the mechanical components that go with it. Unfortunately for us who want that next-gen experience but don't want to lose our physical media libraries, it means we will have to look elsewhere.
The best choice for that "elsewhere" is the Sony UBP-X700. With its crystal sharp visuals, Wi-Fi for streaming, and excellent price tag, the Sony scores high in every metric.
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