Xbox One can play DVD-Rs but not recordable Blu-Ray discs

Microsoft has already announced that the Xbox One cannot play 3D Blu-ray discs, although that feature could be added sometime in the future via a software upgrade. Now it's been revealed that the console also cannot play content that has been burned to a recordable Blu-Ray (BD-R) disc.

Microsoft's own Xbox.com site states that the console "only supports mastered Blu-ray discs and DVDs." However, the HDTVTest site is reporting that the Xbox One can in fact play content that's been burned on DVD-R discs. That's good news for people who order DVDs online for old TV shows that are burned on demand, rather than mastered ahead of time.

However, HDTVTest says the same cannot be said of BD-R discs. It states, "We tried both single and dual layer discs of various brands and types to rule out media incompatibility, and none would play." That means that anyone who makes home movies and burns them to those discs cannot play them on the Xbox One. It also means programs that are designed to calibrate HDTVs that are burned on a BD-R disc, such as the AVS HD 709 application, won't work on the Xbox One. We have emailed Microsoft to find out if support for BD-R discs will be added to the Xbox One in a future update.

Sony's online manual for the PlayStation 4 does reveal that the console can play BD-R/RE discs. However, it does not support playback of discs formatted with BD-RE version 1.0 or BD-R/RE XL.

Source: HDTVTest | Image via Microsoft

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I also burn all my HD Cam videos on BD-R (my wedding and vacations and stuff) and watch them on PS3. I hope they fix it because I'll buy an XBOX One some day.

Yeah, because when we're currently pushing the 50GB Blu-ray format to its limits and still having to make compromises due to the capacity we sure are wishing we had adopted a format that had 30% less space.

This place... I swear.

TiffanyPiszko said,
HdDvd a much better format in storage too bad Sony had to buy out the movie pubishlers .

So much wrong/fail in this statement it's funny.

While you're at it, tell me how 50GB discs with 48Mbps of bandwidth is inferior to 30GB discs with 35Mbps of bandwidth. And don't give me that "triple layer HD DVD" nonsense, those discs never made it out of the lab and were out of spec.

Also tell me how Sony paid off someone when it was Paramount/DreamWorks who were paid by Toshiba. Publicly held companies have to list income, and there were no payoffs by Panasonic, Sony, Philips, or Pioneer (the founders of Blu-ray) recorded by any studio.

Because they did .. Sony shot the wad by including blu ray on their ps3 if it would have failed they would have egg on their face total loss so they paid many publishers to use blu ray . Also HdDvd was a natural progression of dvd didnt need to get a profile update every time i used a HdDvd it just worked and it worked well In movie comments interactive online content everything worked you must never ever used a HdDvd player or seen an interactive movie with it you just see bluray most content on it is hog wash anyhow not worth putting on so get your facts straight. Savvy

Dude, you can't even write a proper sentence, much less explain how inferior tech is somehow superior. Plus don't even try to pretend that HD DVD players didn't require firmware updates. I still have some discs BTW, so don't think I didn't have experience with both formats.

What do you mean by inferior ?? Ohh are you one of those pimple faced geeks who love apple and think everyone else's equipment is inferior ? Is that what you mean?? probably when HdDvd came out you mum was still changing your diapers.... Ohh and I'll probably get in trouble for this because it's verboten to say anything bad about apple products Dude..

Sigh. Does your mom know you're logging in under her account? Only children or seriously immature adults resort to personal attacks.

Once again: 30GB is inferior to 50GB. 1080p/24 native is better than 1080i/30- deinterlaced. AVC is better than VC-1. Lossless audio on nearly all releases is better than occasional lossless audio. 36Mpbs of bandwidth is inferior to 48Mbps of bandwidth. HD DVD would never have been able to do 3D properly. The list goes on.

And I most definitely do not use iToys.

So do you know that the 25 gig disk that sony used is really a 15 gig just like HdDvd ? only the clear coat surface is thinner so sony can achieve the 25 gig?? also HdDvd used the same blue laser as sony did you know that ? Probably not and given the short length of time HdDvd was out I'm sure it would have progressed into something better not regressed ... Sigh

No 15GB is not like 25GB. They used 15GB for HD DVD since it had lossy audio and VC-1 video with low bitrates that dipped into the single digits (below 10Mbps), which often resulted in banding and other artifacts. Even the 30GB discs like BATMAN BEGINS had issues, with actual picture resolution hovering around 720p despite the 1080p output. The "coating" has nothing to do with data storage. How many "pits" are on the disc and the laser wavelength can focus determines the data storage. HD DVD was based on older DVD technology so it was not as advanced. Speaking of coating, HD DVDs were (and still are) easily scratched. BDs are not...because of the additional protective coating at the factory. Other than hype, there was no advantage to HD DVD whatsoever.

Well I don't know about you but mine never suffered that kind of symptom . Maybe you just had a low buck TV that couldn't handle the signal from the input . For instance omega man HdDvd was one of the most crisp clear picture that I seen and that was an old movie you probably never seen it but by making it hi def it was a mind blower.

You mean "The Omega Man" starring Charlton Heston, based on the novel I AM LEGEND (which was recently on film in the remake starring by Will Smith). It's good looking on HD DVD because it was a good HD master (and it's lossy mono), and the identical encode is on the Blu-ray, yet the BD is only 25GB compared to the dual-layered HD DVD 30GB: it would not look that good on a 15GB disc. It would also probably look even better with a newer transfer and AVC encoding.

My displays have never been "low buck". They reveal every flaw of a limited encoding...and they show off the best HD presentations from the best sources. Go to AVS where the picture quality of BATMAN BEGINS was analyzed. No real picture information above 720p. That's what happens when you try to squeeze HD video, 16-bit 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, and a PiP track with less than 36Mbps of bandwidth. *Then* squeeze in 7GB of SD extras on top of that. HD DVD reached its capacity and capability limit in its first 6 months of existence. Meanwhile Blu-ray added 3D and 24-bit 7.1 Dolby TrueHD/DTS-MA on top of everything.

But you still don't get it do you , High def was in its infancy when HdDvd came out Just like lcd hi def TVs, Um they had their limitations too or didn't ya know that ie 60hz as oppose to 120hz can we say smoother picture less chop or 240hz just like I said it would have progressed to a much better format but you still don't get Mr. know it all you can spout vc1 and avc till your blue in the face. The general public are not a fidelity minded connoisseur as yourself they'll get a general purpose sound system and enjoy it . And sony paid off the movie publishers to promote blu ray think what you want its true just like intel pays off computer manufactures to promote their products or you don't believe that either.

HD DVD & Blu-ray came out in 2006. HDTV was a mature technology at that point, not in its "infancy", and the FCC had mandated the cutoff of NTSC in just 3 years (2009). 120Hz displays had already appeared at that point, and Blu-ray's true 24fps output was a selling point (24 is a multiple of 120). BTW, if you don't know films are shot at 24fps.
And no, Sony did not outright bribe and demand publishers only make discs in the BD format as HD DVD did with Paramount/DreamWorks, with their $150 million payout. The fact that Warner BDs outsold HD DVDs 10-1 on some titles decided the format war...Warner being the largest publisher out there. Before that Warner actually had been working on a dual-format disc: BD on one side, HD DVD on the other. I'm betting you did not know that either.
HD DVD was an inferior technology, doomed from the start, and Toshiba's patent money grab delayed the HD disc adoption by 2 critical years. Not to mention all the wasted money from people who invested in it.

We all know why this is not working right? Not allowing self recored blurays does also not allow bluray copies to be sold from your version

Who still burn dvds or even blu-ray? I have yet to see anyone use any of these things and my laptop has a blu ray drive that I never used.

I burn all my movies to Blu-Ray now. I tried watching one last night but it didn't work. Hopefully there's an update to fix this. Otherwise I'll be using my PS4 more.

I have maybe 5 blu-ray recorders on pcs, since they don't cost much more than players anymore. However, since they've come out, I've burned 3. They take forever to burn, they aren't all that compatible with players, and the media is horrendously expensive.

I use a DVD burner, and couldn't see myself switching to bluray.... Why? Not enough people use them, and I hardly use my DVD burner as it is.

They could always add USB support for external bluray drives and let you play media through that, but I guess you could always put the video on a USB stick? Most TVs can at least play MP4 files from their cameras. What native video formats does it support?

I stream mine anyway from the Windows 8.1 PC but two things;
1) The Xbox One is not a Windows Certified Player xD
2) The Xbox One Video Player usually stops the streamed video if you pause it for a minute

I wonder if this has something to do with piracy protection.. E.G. no Burnt Blu-ray disks = no Blu-ray drive hacks like the Xbox360 had with DVD drive modification.

R3DL1N3 said,
I wonder if this has something to do with piracy protection.. E.G. no Burnt Blu-ray disks = no Blu-ray drive hacks like the Xbox360 had with DVD drive modification.

Doubtful because all it would take would be a flashed drive to "workaround" the restriction. More likely something they never bothered to test. It may change in the future.

The xbox 360 didn't see burned games as a valid game dvd until the drive was flashed before.

"That's good news for people who order DVDs online for old TV shows that are burned on demand, rather than mastered ahead of time"

Is this what we're calling movie pirates now?

Spicoli said,
"That's good news for people who order DVDs online for old TV shows that are burned on demand, rather than mastered ahead of time"

Is this what we're calling movie pirates now?

No, movie pirates have much better ways of playing downloaded videos than burning them to a blu-ray disc. LOL

John Callaham said,
Nope..Warner Bros offers "Burned on Demand" DVDs of TV shows

Do we know for sure if it is rejecting the media or the lack of a proper encryption key?

The OnDemand burned content should have a valid encryption key.

Lord Method Man said,
No. Look up the WB archive which has recently began offering Blu-ray discs before commenting.

Actually the Warner Archive Blu-rays are pressed discs (in limited quantity) because they couldn't get around the BD-R playback issue.

Recordable Blu-ray discs alone are mega expensive, so I doubt most consumers even use them. Therefore, not a big deal really.

I'm sure the next version will support it if BD-Rs lower in price and gain popularity.

I look at PC's being sold and almost all are DVD +-RW's. You would have sworn BD-RW's would have replaced them by now the same way DVD universally replaced CD as optical storage in PC's.

Simon said,
I've never even thought of burning anything to a Blu-Ray disc.

I have a bluray burner but I never have burned any yet. The price is cheap enough for it to be viable now though

Same. I bought a blu-ray burner instead of a blu-ray drive when I built my HTPC since it was only a little more. Regret buying any drive at all. Never have played a blu-ray and I've never once burned a blu-ray disc. There's just no point with home networks, flash drives, hard drives, and everything else that makes them obsolete.

For me, I'm ok with this. I don't own any Blue Rays and disk based media is dying. Personally, I wish that they would have left out the Blue Ray drive since I'm going all digital and just included a larger HD. On another note, I wish I could just connect to my computer's shaares and play the media I've ripped from my DVD collection the way I do on my 360 without having to stream it from another computer via DLNA.

Yeah no optical drive would have been awesome for people on slow connections or those still on dial up. Sorry but disk based media isn't going away yet, this country isn't ready for that yet.

Circaflex said,
you arent gaming on dial up to begin with so that isnt even a valid argument

I am sure you are aware that not all XBox games are mutliplayer online games. You should also aware that downloading 20 GB or more for every game you buy is completely out of the question for many people not just because they are stuck with slow connections but because of data caps.

There was never any chance that the XBox One wouldn't have an optical drive or that games would be download only. That would be an idiotic decision. Physical media isn't going away just yet.

Spicoli said,
Sorry, if you don't have broadband this product is not for you. Don't buy a roku either. Everyone shouldn't suffer for your lame Internet.

LOL people without fast, unlimited internet can't play single player offline games? Obviously they can because that was never the case.

Spicoli said,
Sorry, if you don't have broadband this product is not for you. Don't buy a roku either. Everyone shouldn't suffer for your lame Internet.

That would cause considerable reduction of sales of consoles. Will Microsoft take that risk?

Think from both the sides dude.

mrp04 said,

LOL people without fast, unlimited internet can't play single player offline games? Obviously they can because that was never the case.

While I agree with you, I don't think that XB1 is a great investment as a SP offline console. Almost all of the games for the new consoles have a huge amount of content that is MP only. Not to mention DLCs and that kind of thing.

mrp04 said,

LOL people without fast, unlimited internet can't play single player offline games? Obviously they can because that was never the case.

While I agree with you, I don't think that XB1 is a great investment as a SP offline console. Almost all of the games for the new consoles have a huge amount of content that is MP only. Not to mention DLCs and that kind of thing.

mrp04 said,

LOL people without fast, unlimited internet can't play single player offline games? Obviously they can because that was never the case.

I agree... However for online use, going back to the original Xbox and the Xbox 360, Live and all online participation requires a 'Broadband Connection'.

There are still places where broadband is either unavailable, slow/sketchy, or expensive, and there is no reason people without good broadband should expect to use online features or have a good online multiplayer gaming experience.

Talys said,

While I agree with you, I don't think that XB1 is a great investment as a SP offline console. Almost all of the games for the new consoles have a huge amount of content that is MP only. Not to mention DLCs and that kind of thing.

DLC is nothing but an excuse for the publishers to release a game before the developers have finished it.

^ What you call them is irrelevant (and completely wrong); it IS gaming.

What ISN'T gaming, is a puerile 12 year old screaming threats and abuse down a mic because someone else in a game shot him.

As for the topic; not really a HUGE issue, but there will be some annoyed by this. It's almost certainly been done to help prevent piracy.

FloatingFatMan said,

DLC is nothing but an excuse for the publishers to release a game before the developers have finished it.

Meh, its worse than that. Nowadays the bulk of the DLC is finished and ready the day the game ships, its withheld specifically for DLC purposes.

Circaflex said,
you arent gaming on dial up to begin with so that isnt even a valid argument

The bandwidth needed for gaming is far less than the bandwidth needed for streaming hi def movies.

Blu-ray still provides superior bitrate over your broadband+any internet streaming company. If you want the best picture quality, try Blu-ray, at least currently.