Stream and Play MKV Files on Xbox One S Beautifully

As the successor to the Xbox One, the Xbox One S comes with the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system has become one of the hottest console in the market. For those people who have downloaded some MKV videos, you would come the idea to stream MKV to Xbox One S for watching on large screen TV. The following article will show you how to stream and play MKV files on Xbox One S from USB drive, via Plex or DLNA server…

So the point here is, can Xbox One S play MKV files directly? According to Microsoft, MKV is Xbox One S, but only some types of MKV files. If you can’t play some of your MKV files on Xbox One S, you can check if the MKV A/V codec is supported by Xbox. Learn details of Xbox One S supported MKV codec from table below.

Xbox One S Supported MKV codec

MKV files that contain video and audio tracks encoded with the following codecs are expected to play on Xbox One/Xbox One S:

Matroska Id MSFT Media Foundation MF_MT_SUBTYPE Description FourCC or WAV identifiers
V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC MFVideoFormat_H264 H.264 video H264
V_MPEG2 MFVideoFormat_MPEG2 MPEG-2 video
V_MPEG1 MFVideoFormat_MPG1 MPEG-1 video MPG1
V_MPEG4/MS/V3 MFVideoFormat_MP43 Microsoft MPEG 4 codec version 3 MP43
V_MPEG4/ISO/ASP MFVideoFormat_MP4V MPEG-4 part 2 video MP4V
V_MS/VFW/FOURCC Maps to several codecs usually supported in the AVI format that are available on the console.
A_AAC MFAudioFormat_AAC Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) WAVE_FORMAT_MPEG_HEAAC
A_AC3 MFAudioFormat_Dolby_AC3 Dolby Digital (AC-3)
A_MPEG/L3 MFAudioFormat_MP3 MPEG Audio Layer-3 (MP3) WAVE_FORMAT_MPEGLAYER3
A_MPEG/L1 MFAudioFormat_MPEG MPEG-1 audio payload WAVE_FORMAT_MPEG
A_PCM/INT/BIG MFAudioFormat_PCM Uncompressed PCM audio WAVE_FORMAT_PCM
A_PCM/INT/LIT MFAudioFormat_PCM Uncompressed PCM audio WAVE_FORMAT_PCM
A_PCM/FLOAT/IEEE MFAudioFormat_Float Uncompressed IEEE floating-point audio WAVE_FORMAT_IEEE_FLOAT

In order to play all MKV files on Xbox One S, you need to use a professional, easily, safe and top-ranked MKV video converter software to re-encode the incompatible MKV to Xbox One S with the friendly codec or audio. The software recommended here is Brorsoft Video Converter.

It is designed as the easiest and fastest Video Converter, built-in with hardware encoder of CUDA NVIDIA technology to make sure that the MKV format is converted to another 30X faster. It can not only perfectly encode and convert 4K/1080P/720P MKV videos at a super fast speed, but brings crispest images and almost lossless audio quality of output videos for Xbox One S. With this powerful MKV to Xbox One S video converter, you can play all MKV on Xbox One S will be as easy as rolling a log. Besides, it also can convert any 4K or HD MP4, AVI, H.265, MPG, MPEG, MOV, FLV etc to Xbox One S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 supported formats for easier playback.

Plus, the best MKV Video Converter is also a functional video editor, which you can easily merge, trim, crop, add watermark and create 3D/VR effects on MKV videos with Xbox One S and convert MKV to any video codecs for playing on various platforms, incl. iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android phone and tablet, TiVo, Chromecast, Roku, Seagate, HD Media Player, smart TVs, VR Headsets, PPT, even all Non-linear editing softwares, etc. For Mac users, please get Video Converter for Mac to encode MKV files to Xbox One S with the best quality.

Guide: How to Convert MKV Video to Xbox One S Supported Video Formats

1. Launch the MKV to Xbox One S converter. Drag the .mkv files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

2. Click “Format” and choose H.264 MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Xbox One S easily.

Tip: Click 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.

3. Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window to start converting MKV video to H.264 MP4 for Xbox One S. After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the output videos.

MORE: After conversion, how to play the converted MKV Files on Xbox One S?

There are two ways for your to transfer video file from your computer to your Xbox devices. On one hand, you can make use of a USB drive. On the other hand, you can transfer via streaming over your local network.

Method 1. How to play MKV (video and audio file as a whole) on Xbox One S via USB drive?

The drive must be formatted in FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS. If you have a Windows PC, your USB drive will work on your Xbox One S as long as your Windows PC can read it. If you have a Mac, be sure to format the drive as exFAT and not with a Mac-only file system like HFS+. Connect the drive to your computer and copy your MKV video files (video, music, or picture files) onto it. Eject it from your computer and connect it to one of the USB ports on your Xbox One S. Open the Media Player app and you’ll see your connected drive as an option. Select the drive and you can browse all the media files on it and play them, controlling the playback with your Xbox controller.

Method 2. How to play MKV (video and audio file as a whole) on Xbox One S via video streaming?

Alternatively, you can skip the USB drive entirely and stream a video from your computer to your Xbox One S using DLNA. You could also use a network attached storage (NAS) device as a DLNA media server if you have one.

To do this, you’ll need to set up a DLNA server on your PC or Mac first. Microsoft recommends and officially supports Windows Media Player as a DLNA server. This feature was introduced in Windows 7, and it still works on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. If you use a Mac, you’ll need to find a third-party DLNA server like Plex.

To activate the DLNA server included with Windows, open the Control Panel, search for “media”, and click the “Media streaming options” link under Network & Sharing Center. Click the “Turn on media streaming” button here. This makes the files available in your Music, Pictures, and Videos libraries available for streaming. (So if your video file isn’t in your Videos folder already, you’ll want to put it there now.)

Once you have a DLNA server set up, it will appear in your Xbox One S Media Player app as an option alongside any connected USB drives, allowing you to browse and stream media files stored in your media libraries.

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