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2 October 2020

PS4 vs Xbox One - which is best for Blu-ray?

We've tested the Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One alongside dedicated Blu-ray players. Find out which does the job the best.
Playstation 4 vs Xbox One Blu-ray
Callum Tennent

Thinking about buying a Sony Playstation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One, or already own one? Both have the capability to play Blu-ray DVDs, even if gaming prowess is their main feature, so we thought it only made sense to test them as if they were a stand-alone Blu-ray player.

Who knows - they may well score better than some traditional players, which would make for excellent value considering their huge range of features. Below we reveal which of the two consoles best for the specific task of playing Blu-ray DVDs.

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Best Blu-ray player: Sony Playstation 4 vs Microsoft Xbox One vs a dedicated Blu-ray player
Sony Playstation 4 vs Microsoft Xbox One vs a dedicated Best Buy Blu-ray player

This games console and Blu-ray player hybrid does a good job with playing Blu-rays, while sound quality is particularly strong - even when compared to a standard player. It's easy to use with clear menus and has a good choice of catch-up TV, video on demand and music apps.

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This games console and Blu-ray player combo does a great job playing DVDs, and Blu-rays look good, too. Picture quality is also spot-on when streaming video, there's a decent range of catch-up TV, and video on demand and music apps are available.

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This Best Buy Blu-ray player offers excellent all-round picture quality, even for DVDs and 3D Blu-rays. Combining great performance and features with a price of £70-90, you could make a real saving - and a sound choice, too.

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Should you consider a games console as a Blu-ray DVD player?

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have come down in price so much since their initial release that, whilst they may not immediately come to mind, they are very viable purchases - even for those who don't care for gaming.

Not only do they both play Blu-ray DVDs (or 4K Blu-rays in the case of the Xbox One S) but they both also support a wide array of apps, such as Netflix, Sky Go and Spotify. If you're looking for an all-in-one home entertainment centre a games console may actually be a smart way to go about it. You can even buy official remotes controls for both if you're worried about using the gamepad that comes with the console.

If you're in need of both an internet TV box and a DVD player be sure to consider a PS4 or an Xbox One before spending more time and money than you need to.

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