Everyone Has DVDs, But How Can You Play Them?

Take a peek in every living room around the world and you are most likely to find one thing in common, a stack full of DVDs. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as in the last 20 years, Americans alone, have spent billions of dollars on DVDs. And if you think that DVDs are an antiquated medium that no one buys, you’d be wrong, the format has proved to have enduring power.play dvds on xbox 360 banner

Actually, according to a 2018 study by the MPAA, DVDs made up 57.9% of physical media sales that year or more than $6 billion dollars worth of DVDs! So, clearly, the problem is not that people don’t like DVDs or that they don’t have a DVD collection. In fact, they’re still buying new ones, the issue is finding a way to play them in the 2020s. Face it, finding a quality DVD player today is difficult. Furthermore, the disc drives needed to play DVDs are slowly disappearing from most new computer models and even newer video game consoles, like the Xbox Series S, lack them. Yet people still have DVDs they want to play. The answer to watching DVDs in 2021 might actually be a 15-year-old video game console, the Xbox 360.

Find out below how you can use an Xbox 360 to play DVDs and later how you can use the Tipard DVD ripper to unlock DVD Region Code or make a backup of your DVD library on your computer.

Can You Watch DVDs on Xbox 360?

The Xbox 360 is one of the most popular video game consoles of all time. It was released in 2005 and is the best-selling console of its generation that is capable of playing DVDs, besting its rival the PS3. In its lifetime, the Xbox 360 sold more than 25 million units in the USA alone and 84 million worldwide, so the chances are good that many of you may have an old one already that isn’t being used. That’s great if you are looking for something to play your favorite DVDs on, but you’re probably wondering, “How can you watch DVDs on Xbox 360?” Well, the process is actually quite simple, and after a brief set-up, you can be watching your favorite shows and movies on your TV in no time. Read on below to find out how to play DVD on Xbox 360.

How to Play DVDs on Your Xbox 360

Setting up your Xbox 360 to watch DVDs is a fairly straightforward process, but before you begin you will want to make sure you have the following items:

  • A working Xbox 360 with a power adapter.
  • An HDMI cord compatible with your TV.
  • An Xbox 360 controller and batteries or power pack.
  • DVDs to test your system with.

Setting up your Xbox 360 to play DVDs is a straightforward process:

  • 1) First, plug your Xbox 360 into your TV using the appropriate HDMI cord. Be sure to note what input the Xbox 360 is using and turn your TV to it before the next step.
  • 2) Next, plug your Xbox 360 into a power supply and power it on by pressing the circular button on its front face. If it powers on and displays a green ring around the power button, your Xbox 360 should be in good working order and free of trouble.
  • 3) Depending on the state of your Xbox 360, after powering on, you may be asked to perform a system update or connect to the internet, this shouldn’t be necessary if you plan to use your Xbox 360 solely to play DVDs.
  • 4) Use the controller to navigate the Xbox 360 interface; generally use the left stick to navigate the cursor, the green A button means yes, and the red B button means no. There is also a separate remote specifically designed to mimic one for conventional DVD players available if using a video game controller is too intimidating.
  • 5) Hit the eject button located next to the disc tray and load a DVD. Use the controller to navigate to the DVD player (this may occur automatically) and you are ready to enjoy your film!

Now, after the initial set-up. you can watch DVDs on your Xbox 360, and you should be able to skip to step 4 after powering on your Xbox 360 in the future.

However, not all DVDs can be played on Xbox 360 without a problem. Sometimes, you may receive an error saying “This disc is unreadable” or “Unrecognized disc”.

Why Does My Xbox 360 Not Play DVDs?

Excluding the possibility of disc scratches/smudges, hardware failure, or family setting(parental control), the wrong region code can be the main reason that makes DVDs not playable on Xbox 360.

To play DVDs on the Xbox 360, you need to make sure the Xbox 360 and the DVD disc you want to play are sold in the same region. If the region codes of the console and DVD disc do not match, and you want to play it anyway,  the next section should be of interest.

How to Play DVD on Xbox 360 without DVD Region Restriction

While the Xbox 360 is a great solution for watching DVDs on your TV at home, what if the console doesn’t support the DVDs sold in other regions or you want to watch them on your computer or make a backup?

In those cases, Tipard DVD Ripper is a great option to copy and convert DVD to 500+ formats. Tipard DVD Ripper allows users to copy and back up any disk or DVD from any region to your computer at up 30x faster speeds.

Use Tipard DVD Ripper to Bypass DVD Region Restriction and Backup DVDs to Your Computer:

Step 1. Click the button below, download and install the program on your PC. The Tipard DVD Ripper is available as a free download, and a Mac-compatible version is also available.


Step 2: Insert the DVD disc into the drive of your computer.

Step 3: Launch the program and click the Load DVD button.

Step 4: Configure the output format you want.

  • If you want to play the DVD movie on the Xbox 360, here are the supported formats you can convert to with the DVD ripper: .avi, .divx, .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .avi, .wmv
  • If you want to back up your DVD disc collection to your computer, you can convert the DVD to MPG lossless to keep the original quality, or you can compress them to MP4 file with lower resolution to save your hard disk space.

To do these, all you need to do is click on the “Rip All to” section or the profile button on the right side, and choose among 500+ preset formats. Select DVD Ripping Output format