MKV files and Xbox One: How to play MKV files on Xbox One

This tutorial will explain how you can enable Xbox One read all MKV files, so that you can play MKV files on Xbox One without issue.

“I have been having all sorts of trouble getting videos to play on the Xbox One app. At first, I thought it was random, but I realized it was specific to certain episodes or movies. Turns out, every MKV file I have does not play on the app. Is there any time table for MKV to be supported on the Xbox One? Any thoughts would be appreciated!”

Does Xbox One support the playback of MKV files? It’s hard to tell because the although this format is listed as one of the compatible video file formats, you may encounter varies problems during the playback, such as the subtitles don’t appear or can’t open the files at all.

Well, basically, the Xbox One can recognize MKV videos, well, only in the condition of compressing with the supported codec. Namely, the game console has nothing to do with those MKV files with the unmatched codec. So for the question up lines, it may be due to the codec problem. This is not a tough problem to work out, actually. To get rid of Xbox One MKV incompatible issues, you could transcode MKV files to Xbox One compatible format. Along with some help from third party program like EaseFab Video Converter, it can be done effortlessly.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Xbox One with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, you can turn to the Mac version, which is also a helpful app to encode videos for Xbox One on Mac OS X (El Capitan included). Below is the step-by-step guide on encoding/re-encoding MKV files to Xbox One compatible video formats.

Simple Steps to Convert MKV to Xbox One

Step 1. Run the MKV to Xbox One converter on your PC or Mac, you can either click the Add Video button in the top-left hand corner of this interface or directly drag it from your computer to this program’s left pane. If you have several MKV files, batch import can save you more time.

Step 2. Now click the “Profile” icon to reveal output panel, then move mouse cursor to “Game Hardware” category to Select Xbox One according your Xbox model as the output format.

Tip: By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3. Press the big “Convert” button of to start the MKV to Xbox One conversion.

After the conversion is done, simply click “Open Folder” button to get the converted videos instantly. It’s time to steam the converted MKV file to your Xbox to enjoy it.

How to Stream MKV and Other Videos to Xbox One/Xbox 360 on Windows and Mac

For Windows users: there are four ways to share the converted file to Xbox One/Xbox 360: Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server and Zune Software. Pluck just Windows Media Player 12 as an example. (Note: this method only applies to Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7) or 11 (Windows Vista))

Click the “Stream” menu of Windows Media Player and then select “Turn on media streaming”;
Click “Turn on media streaming” in the pop-up dialog;
Name your media library and click “OK”.

For Mac users: you have to use a third-party streaming solution to share the converted file to Xbox One/Xbox 360.

Related Articles and Tips:
Play MKV files via Plex no sound – Solution
Top 5 Free MKV Players for Mac OS X
Xbox One Can’t See/Play some MP4 files? Solved

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