Will Xbox Series X play discs?

Xbox Series X controller
Xbox Series X controller (Image credit: Microsoft)

Will Xbox Series X play discs?

Best answer: Yes, the Xbox Series X will be capable of playing discs, including games and 4K Blu-rays, due to its internal 4K optical drive. Your collection of games and movies that you play on Xbox One will be okay, and if you aren't yet ready to go all-digital, you have the option of still buying your games on discs.Work on your Xbox catalog: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($45 at Amazon)One of Xbox's best: Gears 5 ($25 at Amazon)

Will the Xbox Series X support discs?

We know for a fact that the Xbox Series X will play discs, as a 4K Blu-ray optical drive is part of the confirmed specs, as well as being visible on the console. Xbox Series X is also fully backward compatible with all games across four generations that you can currently play on your Xbox One. This means that Xbox Series X is going to continue supporting discs for anyone that wants to play their games via discs, including past Xbox One discs, as well as watch 4K Blu-ray movies.

There's still a long way to go before the Xbox Series X gets a full reveal ahead of its holiday 2020 release, but we already know so much about the specs. With 12.15 TFLOPs of graphics power and an 8-core processor that are powered by RDNA 2 and Zen 2 architecture, the console aims to reach 8K resolution and up to 120 frames per second, along with hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing and a variable refresh rate.

Will the Xbox Series X support discs What about Xbox Series S?

After months of rumors and speculation, the Xbox Series S, originally codenamed Lockhart, was revealed. Matching information Windows Central received, the Xbox Series S specs are designed around being a lower-end, all-digital console. This means that the Xbox Series S cannot play discs. Otherwise, the Xbox Series S plays all Xbox Series X games, just at a lower resolution.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are scheduled to release on November 10, 2020. The consoles are being priced at $499 and $299, respectively.

Samuel Tolbert
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