Disney+ had an app for Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console when it launched. However, Xbox owners’ experience with the streaming service varied depending on the particular console they owned. With backwards compatibility planned for Xbox Series X, there shouldn’t be any issues going forward.
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Disney+ on the Xbox One
There are several ways to get started with Disney+ on the Xbox One. If you already have a subscription, simply log in with your email address and password. If not, then you can either subscribe directly through the Disney+ website or as an in-app purchase on your Xbox One. The $7-per-month subscription unlocks all of the content and features Disney+ offers.
Another option for people in the United States is to get the $13-per-month bundle of Disney’s three streaming services. Subscribing to ESPN+, Disney+ and the ad-supported version of Hulu separately would normally cost another $60 per year.
Limitations of Disney+ on the Xbox One
Unfortunately, you won’t get all of Disney+’s features if you have the original Xbox One. Watching the highest-quality video on an Xbox One will require either the Xbox One S or the Xbox One X. These are the variants that have the HDMI 2.0 connectors required to support 4K and HDR output. The original Xbox One has an older version of HDMI that only supports HD output.
What About Previous Xbox Consoles?
From about 2008 onwards, most of the previous-generation Xbox consoles, the Xbox 360’s, shipped with an HDMI port that supported HD resolution. And even though Microsoft discontinued the console in 2016, it was enormously popular and many people keep theirs running to play their favorite games. So a Disney+ app ought to work and may have an audience. However, there’s no word on whether the Xbox 360 will ever get a Disney+ app.
Which Devices Does Disney+ Support?
The Disney+ app has been developed for the most popular streaming platforms.
In addition to the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 will also get the app. There is some speculation that the Nintendo Switch may get an app as well, but not right away.
Disney and Amazon cut a last-minute deal days ahead of the Disney+ launch to allow the app on Fire TV devices. If you have a stick, player or television based on Fire TV you’ll get the app.
If you own Roku devices, or a television with Roku built-in, then you’ll find Disney+ in the Roku Channel Store.
The Disney+ iOS app is available on iPhones, iPads and even the iPod Touch. Owners of Apple TV devices (4th generation or later) will get the app as well. Watching Disney content on an iMac or Macbook is handled through your browser.
Android smartphones and tablets get the Disney+ app as do devices based on Google’s Android TV and Chromecast systems.
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