My question here is that does Xbox One X support HEVC MKV playback? Searching high and low, I got some clues.
Microsoft is touting the Xbox One X as a premium 4K gaming and entertainment system for the living room. In addition to offering 4K resolution gameplay, the console also boasts improved video decoding compared to the older Xbox One consoles. The Xbox One X supports 4K 60Hz HEVC (H.265), VP9, and AVC (H.264) video formats. While, it still has limit. It only supports HEVC 10-bit codec. Based on our testing, some H.265 files like in 12bit can’t play via Xbox One X properly. To get rid of the trouble, a good suggestion is to encode HEVC MKV to Xbox One X more friendly format like WMV, H.264 MP4.
Brorsoft Video Converter is what I’ve applied to complete the task. This video converter has been proven to be an outstanding H.265 to Xbox One X converter. With it, you can convert different H.265 MKV videos to Xbox One X compatible H.264 MP4, WMV effortlessly. In addition to H.265 files, this program also allows you to convert all videos in AVI, MPG, VOB, TiVo, MOV, etc to a decent format as you want. What’s more, with the built-in editor, you can trim, crop, adjust special effect to your source video, so that you get the very part and effects at your will. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (macOS High Sierra included), which has the same function as the Windows version.
Steps on How to play H.265 MKV videos on Xbox One X
Step 1: Add H.265 videos
Launch the Xbox One X Video Converter. When the main interface pops up, you can see some buttons also with a preview window on the right. Click “Add video” button to load your H.265 MKV videos or directly drag the footage to the program.
Step 2: Choose output format
Go to the format bar to select the “Zune/Xbox 360 Device -> Xbox 360 HD Video (*.wmv)” as your output format, which fits on Xbox One X perfectly. You can also choose H.264 MP4 from Common Video.
Step 3: Custom Video or Audio Settings for Xbox One X
If the default A/V settings cannot fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to custom the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.
Step 4: Convert H.265 MKV video for Xbox One X
Hit the “Convert” button on the bottom-right corner of this HEVC MKV converter to start performing video conversion. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos and then stream the files to Xbox One X for great enjoyment.
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