E3 2016: The Xbox One S Does Play 4K UHD Blu-Ray Discs

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xbox-one-sWhen Microsoft revealed the smaller, and slimmer, Xbox One S at E3 yesterday there was some confusion over the console. One big thing that some pro-Sony trolls began to spread on the internet was that it didn’t include a controller. This idiotic idea was quickly debunked by Microsoft, when they explained that it does indeed include a controller but you can still buy the new controller separately. Aside from the external differences on the controller (it has padded grips like the amazing Elite Pad does), the controller now supports Bluetooth which makes it even easier to connect to PCs.

But the big thing about the system is the 4K UHD video playback. Streaming is easy, all they needed to do was upgrade the HDMI port and support the latest version of HDCP to allow 4K streaming from Netflix and Amazon. But the other claim was that it would play 4K Blu-Ray discs. A lot of people didn’t think this actually meant 4K Blu-Rays, after all the format is rather new and there is only one stand-alone 4K UHD Blu-Ray player on the market, and that Samsung player retails by itself for $399.

Today Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra Tweeted that he was watching the Deadpool 4K Blu-Ray on his Xbox One S:

How did I watch Deadpool? On my Xbox One S, in 4K Ultra HD with HDR on an LG OLED. https://t.co/c1KhPCeRPS pic.twitter.com/kNQI0N9jjP

— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 14, 2016

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I asked him if it absolutely does play 4K Blu-Ray discs, as that would be a huge selling point for the system that starts at $299. He replied quickly to me that it does, which kind of settles the matter. Despite what people may be claiming on message boards where they shill for another system, the Xbox One S does play 4K UHD Blu-Ray discs and will be in stores in just a couple months for $100 less than the current stand-alone 4K UHD Blu-Ray player.