Although we use streaming more and more to see all kinds of multimedia content, there are still many users who still prefer the physical format. Beyond the classic (and almost obsolete) DVDs, Blu-Rays are today one of the best platforms for those who want to watch their favorite movies at full resolution, both in FullHD and 4K. These discs can be played without problems on any player, on modern consoles such as the PS4 and even on the computer. Although if we are going to do it in Windows, we must know how to do it so as not to have problems.
The first thing to keep in mind if we are going to play a Blu-Ray in Windows 10 is that we need a Blu-Ray reader connected to the computer. These can be internal, if we have a PC tower, or they can be connected through the USB port to our computer.
In addition, it is necessary that the computer is relatively modern and powerful, since playing this type of content (especially in 4K) is a high workload. If our computer is slow, we will have cuts during playback.
Once we know that we meet these requirements, the next step will be to use quality software that allows us to reproduce this content. Next, we will see some of the best applications to play Blu-Rays on Windows.
Obviously, we can't start talking about the best video players for Windows without doing it for VLC. This well-known, free and open source player has always been one of the best to play all kinds of videos without problems.
By default, it comes with a series of plugins and codecs that allow you to read all types of formats without any problem. Although most users use it to play video files saved on the PC, they can also read optical drives, such as DVDs and Blu-Rays, without problems.
VLC will play Blu-Ray without problems in Windows 10, and we will not need any codec to do so. However, the quality may not be the best possible, and in addition the resource consumption of this player is triggered at times when playing very high-quality video.
Therefore, we may be interested in knowing any of the following alternatives.
If VLC doesn't convince us, another very interesting alternative to play Blu-Ray in Windows 10 is KMPlayer 64X.
This totally free video player allows us to play any video format from virtually any source. It is compatible with the latest technology, playing videos of up to 8K at 60 FPS. It also comes standard with the codecs needed to reproduce even the most specific formats, such as HEVC H.265 and VP9.
We can download KMPlayer 64X for free from the following link .
PowerDVD is one of the most complete professional applications that we can find to play all kinds of multimedia content, including Blu-Ray, on Windows 10. This application is compatible with the latest technologies (such as 4K format, 8K videos, HDR, VR video in 360 degrees, HEIC images, etc.), in addition to having a very simple interface, and also with functions that allow to improve the quality of the video that is reproduced through it.
The main problem with this application is that it is paid. We can find several editions of this player, from the Standard, the simplest, to the Ultra, the most complete.
An alternative similar to the previous one, but cheaper, is WinDVD. This player for Windows also has the latest technology, allowing us to play all kinds of formats (up to HEVC), play video in 4K and features functions that allow us to improve the quality of playback.
This player also features color correction functions, in addition to surround audio enhancement systems and is compatible with technologies such as virtual reality and 3D videos.
Like the previous one, this application is paid.
Finally, let's talk about DVDFab Player. If we have ever been interested in ripping DVDs and Blu-Rays, we have surely heard of DVDFab, one of the most famous and effective rippers we can find on the net.
DVDFab Player is a multimedia player created by those responsible for this same ripping software specialized in high definition video playback. In its Ultra version we will be able to play all kinds of Blu-Rays in Windows 10, even 4K, in addition to being compatible with HDR10 technologies to improve audio and video quality.
We can download this application from the following link . Although we can download it for free to try it, if we want to unleash its full potential we will have to go to the cashier, and the prices are not very cheap, but they resemble those of the two previous payment alternatives.