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Xbox One doesn't support 3D Blu-ray

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 09 Nov 2013 8:52 User comments (5)

Xbox One doesn't support 3D Blu-ray Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One console will not play 3D Blu-ray movies at launch.
The Xbox One console of course packs a Blu-ray disc drive, but for those of you who have a 3D TV at home and enjoy the experience, don't expect to play your 3D movies on the Xbox One, at least for now.

Microsoft confirmed to CNET that 3D Blu-ray isn't supported right now, but didn't rule out adding the functionality at a later date. The PlayStation 4 (PS4) does support playback of 3D Blu-ray discs.

Still, the demand for 3D at home hasn't been overwhelming by any means. In the long run, support for 4K video output for example might be a more interesting development. HDMI 1.4 supports 4K2K (though at 30fps), so it's likely that both consoles will support video in 4K before long as more 4K TVs roll-out onto the market over the coming years, while the consoles age and update to stay relevant.

According to Sony, the PS4 does not currently support 4K but it has said in the past that the hardware is there, and it technically is (for video playback rather than gaming). Microsoft's 'Major Nelson' made a statement that every Xbox One console ships with a "4K HDMI cable", but that's a worthless statement given that all high-speed HDMI 1.4 complaint cables are technically 4K-ready. It doesn't tell you anything about playing 4K video with the Xbox One.

Do you care about 3D or 4K video playback on either console?

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5 user comments

19.11.2013 11:17

4K gaming exists today on the PC, I think it will be a disappointment when consoles are missing out on it in 5 years when it will probably be mainstream on PC.

I won't be an early buyer this generation, should be interesting to see how steambox compares to the consoles in 2-3 years.

29.11.2013 16:58

Nope. Gimmicky. The only thing I thought was interesting about 3D gaming was the idea of using the 3D glasses to allow 2 people to play on the same TV w/ 2 separate views. And by the way, I TOLD YOU SO! ;-)

39.11.2013 17:03

3D is on its way out the door...4k may catch on in 5 years from now, which will mean new consoles will probably already be in development. No support for either at this stage isn't a deal-breaker for me.

410.11.2013 21:13

Oh man......1. Out later than PS4
2. 100 bucks more than PS4
3. Surely PS4 will play 3D

Is MS gonna shortchange this thing any more than it already has???

Aren't we as humans supposed to learn from our successes (the Xbox) and avoid failures (Xbox One)??????????????????????????????

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Nov 2013 @ 21:14

515.11.2013 9:09

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Nope. Gimmicky. The only thing I thought was interesting about 3D gaming was the idea of using the 3D glasses to allow 2 people to play on the same TV w/ 2 separate views. And by the way, I TOLD YOU SO! ;-)
3D will remain but will be reinvented. Glasses free 3D sets are dropping in price and I think Samsung or LG will be the first off the starting block with mass production of these new sets.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Nov 2013 @ 9:27

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