There are some good reasons to watch movies on the humble Blu-ray player — even in theage. A hardware player offers the best image and available, thanks to the enhanced storage capacities of Blu-ray discs. There are two types of Blu-ray disc options available: and . Getting a 4K player will let you play both kinds and give you access to formats like , , and HDR10. Streaming problems like bandwidth caps, dropouts or buffering are nonexistent. But if you somehow want those, most of the best Blu-ray players options can also support streaming app services such as (some even in 4K), while all of them will play your DVD and , too.
Current gaming consoles like theand the can play both Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays, in addition to the . And if you don’t have a 4K TV, and a library of only regular Blu-rays, you can save money by buying a 1080p-only player like the Sony BDP-3700.
The Sony UBP-X700 is at the cutting edge of 4K Blu-ray technology, thanks in part to its Dolby Vision compatibility. Throw in a bunch of streaming app services and the Sony Blu-ray player rewards you with a solid performance at a reasonable price.
If you want to spend the bare minimum on a Blu-ray player, then the Sony BDP-S3700 should be your choice. It offers a lot of features for little money, but as it’s only 1080p you’ll miss out on advanced features like 4K resolution picture quality and Dolby Vision.
You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on the Xbox Series X until later this year due to insatiable demand, but keep checking back on restock updates. This is the only current Xbox model that accepts optical discs. It can play DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays, in addition to Xbox game discs. It can also be used with standard IR remotes, unlike the PS5. (The cheaper Xbox Series S does not have a disc slot.)
The high-end PS5 (the $500 model) includes an optical drive that accepts DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays, in addition to PS4 and PS5 game discs. The cheaper PS5 Digital Edition does not have a disc slot. Both models continue to be sold out at various retailers, but keep checking back for restock updates.