Play DVDs on your Xbox 360 console

Solutions

You don’t need any special software or hardware to play DVDs on your Xbox 360 console.

To start: Insert a DVD into the disc drive of the Xbox 360 console and turn on the console. The console automatically starts to play the DVD.

If you have problems playing a disc, please see Troubleshoot DVDs and films on your console.

Bookmarking: If you stop a DVD and eject it before the feature ends, the Xbox 360 console remembers, or bookmarks, the point where you stopped. When you reinsert the DVD, the DVD continues from that point.

Note You cannot turn off the bookmark feature.

Supported regions, formats and discs

Supported regions

Each Xbox 360 console is manufactured for a specific DVD and game region, following international standards. The Xbox 360 console can only play discs that are sold in the same region as the console.

Supported DVD regions

Find the region code represented as a number between 1 and 8 on the packaging and verify that it matches your region.

Region

Geographic regions/countries

1

United States, Canada, Bermuda, US territories

2

Europe (except Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland

3

Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

4

Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania

5

India, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Africa, Central and South Asia, North Korea

6

People's Republic of China, Hong Kong

7

Reserved

8

Special international venues, such as aeroplanes and cruise ships

Supported game regions

Region

Geographic regions/countries

GR1 : NTSC

North America and South America (United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Brazil)

GR2 : NTSC-J

Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan)

GR3 : PAL

Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand

Supported formats

The Xbox 360 console supports most movie formats. Refer to the lists below for details about supported formats.

AVI support

The Xbox 360 console supports the following for AVI:

  • File extensions: .avi, .divx
  • Containers: AVI
  • Video profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2 (Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile)
  • Video bit rate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 × 720 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: Dolby® Digital (2 channel and 5.1 channel), MP3
  • Audio max bit rate: No restrictions

H.264 support

The Xbox 360 console supports the following for H.264:

  •  File extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .avi
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  •  Video profiles: Baseline, main and high (up to level 4.1)
  •  Video bit rate: 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps
  •  Audio profiles: AAC, 2-channel, Low Complexity
  •  Audio max bit rate: No restrictions

MPEG-4 Part 2 support

The Xbox 360 console supports the following for MPEG-4:

  • File extensions: .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov, .avi
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  • Video profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2 (Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile)
  • Video bit rate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 × 720 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: AAC, 2-channel, Low Complexity
  • Audio max bit rate: No restrictions

WMV (VC-1) support

The Xbox 360 console supports the following for WMV:

  • File extensions: .wmv
  • Containers: ASF
  • Video profiles: WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main and advanced up to level 3
  • Video bit rate: 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: WMA7/8, WMA9 Pro (stereo and 5.1), WMA Lossless
  • Audio max bit rate: No restrictions

Supported disc types

Type

Description

Game discs

Xbox game disc
Original Xbox game disc

DVD discs

DVD–video
DVD–audio
DVD–ROM
DVD-R/RW (read only)
DVD+R/RW (read only)
Dual layer DVD+R9

CD discs

CD-DA (Red Book)
CD-ROM (Yellow Book, Modes 1 and 2)
CD-ROM XA (Yellow Book, Extended Mode 2, form 1 and 2)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-Extra
WMA CD
MP3 CD
JPEG photo CD

Supported disc drive speeds

Media type

Speed

CD defaults:

Playback: Low CD-speed

3-7.13x

Copy: Medium CD-speed

6.4-14.8x

DVD defaults:

Movie DVDs: Medium DVD-speed

2-5x

Original Xbox game discs: Medium DVD-speed

2-5x

Xbox 360 game discs: High DVD-speed

5-12x

Supported bit rate and resolution

Maximum bit rate and resolution

The Xbox 360 console does not block video from playing based on a maximum bit rate, resolution or frames per second (fps). Although content with a higher bit rate is not blocked, playback quality may be less than optimal. Use higher bit rates at your own risk.

Maximum supported video file size

The maximum file size for an MPEG-4 Part 2 or H.264 file is 4 GB. However, Windows Media Player 11 and the Zune software support streaming WMV files larger than 4 GB.

Use an Xbox controller for playback

To control playback, use the following controller shortcuts:

To...

Press...

Play or pause

Note If the DVD is bookmarked, it will start playing automatically where it was stopped the last time you viewed it.

START

Skip back one chapter

LB
or
A, then select skip back

Skip forward one chapter

RB
or
A, then select skip forward

Fast forward

RT

Rewind

LT

Page up through a list of items.

RT

Page down through a list of items.

LT

Open the on-screen display for more advanced playback controls.

X, Y

Basic and advanced playback menu options

Basic on-screen menu

Advanced on-screen menu

Stop or pause DVD playback

Enable subtitles

Fast-forward or rewind the DVD

Change camera angle

Move to the previous or next chapter on the DVD

Change the audio channel

Move to the main menu for the DVD

Zoom the picture

Move to the title menu for the DVD

Set an A-B looping repeating point

 

Display an on-screen information pane

Display modes

The display mode specifies the size, or aspect ratio, that the content is displayed at.

To access different display modes while watching a DVD or Netflix film, press A on your controller and then select Display.

If you are watching a DVD for the first time, the display mode defaults to Auto. If you change the display mode, the next time that you watch the same DVD, the console uses the new setting.

Display mode

Description

Auto

Automatically determines the optimal viewing experience of a DVD. The aspect ratio (for example, 4 × 3 or 16 × 9) of the original content is retained.

Letterbox

Displays the image full screen while retaining the aspect ratio of the original DVD.

Full-screen

Displays the image full screen with a 4 × 3 aspect ratio. This can be helpful for older content that may have an aspect ratio of 4 × 3 with black bars encoded into the image.

Stretch

Displays the image full screen and stretches content with a 4 × 3 aspect ratio horizontally to fill a 16 × 9 TV screen.

Native

Displays content at its original resolution. Use this to view content that has extremely low resolution or features a low bit rate.

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