Since its release yesterday, forums over at the official Xbox site as well as Penny Arcade and GameFaqs filled with people complaining that their poppin’ fresh Game of Thrones Season 3 Blu Ray disks were not playing in their Xbox One consoles, but played fine in other systems.
I just grabbed a copy myself, and went straight to my Xbox One and have confirmed that this one particular season does in fact seem to be incapable of being played. I was able to watch the season on both PS3 and PS4 with no issues.
The fact is that Microsoft has been pushing for GoT for weeks now with ads on the dashboard, but the key thing to remember here is that it is being sold both on Blu Ray and as part of the Xbox Video store. Did Microsoft forgo updating the Blu Ray player on their “all in one media device” intentionally just to boost numbers on their video selling scheme?
For many Xbox One owners who had purchased the disk version of the show, they have no other Blu Ray capable players in their homes, leaving them buying from Microsoft or unable to watch, and due to HBO’s inability to modernize and make the videos available via iTunes or other digital service in a timely manner after the show has aired, this is the first time many fans have had the chance to see this season of the show.
Lots of questions and no answers from Microsoft, who has stayed quiet on the issue.