HDR 4K Video Now Available on Xbox One Video Store

by on May 28, 2017

Stephan Jukic – May 28, 2017

Without much fanfare, Microsoft has started rolling out 4K ultra HD entertainment content with integrated HDR on the digital video store the company has for its Xbox gaming consoles. This has been confirmed by Microsoft itself very recently.

The first such 4K HDR offering from Microsoft is going to be “The Lego Batman Movie”, which was given its general digital platform release earlier in May. The movie is available for purchase only and goes for a rather hefty price of $29.99, or the same as the movie’s 4K UHD Blu-ray version, which will start shipping to customers as of June 13th. The Microsoft Movie store also offers an HD copy of the movie for $19.99 and an SD version for “just” $14.99.

Microsoft’s video store used to be called Xbox Video but now goes by the name of Movies & TV and it already previously offered a limited selection of 4K entertainment sources like sports documentaries and such. This however is the first time that 4K content with HDR has become available through Xbox consoles, partly thanks to the upsurge in the popularity of HDR televisions and to a much more limited degree HDR video sources from assorted mediums.

Lego Batman Movie 4K

Customers who want to watch “The Lego Batman Movie” in 4K HDR will of course need to actually own a 4K HDR TV from among the 2015, 2016 and 2017 models in existence so far with HDCP 2.2 and HDR10 support (the HDR formatting standard for this and near-future Microsoft HDR movie releases). In addition to this, potential viewers will need to own an Xbox One S (which supports 4K video and HDR through its connectivity system) and have an internet connection of at least 20 to 25Mbps of minimal constant velocity.

Microsoft hasn’t yet clarified if their 4K HDR movies can also be accessed via the Xbox One S from Windows 10 PCs with 4K HDR monitors but this will presumably be possible soon.

For now “The Lego Batman Movie” is the only 4K HDR title on the Movies & TV store but we’re expecting to see many other releases emerge to accompany it in the coming months, especially leading up to the release of the Xbox Scorpio 4K HDR console in late 2017. For users who can’t access the sort of internet speeds needed for streaming of this and other 4K HDR movies from assorted sources, the Xbox One S also fully supports 4K UHD HDR Blu-ray disc playback and is in our view one excellent console, as we concluded in this previous review of the device.

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