Saturday, January 14, 2017

Xbox MKV - How to Solve Xbox One S MKV Playback Issue

The ultimate games and 4K entertainment system let Xbox One S become one of the hottest console in the market. With its built-in media player app, you can play video and music files by USB drive or DLNA server easily. However, when play MKV on Xbox One (S), there are many users meet issues- "Xbox One (S) can not read MKV movies"... In this article, we just aim to solve the MKV to Xbox One (S) playback trouble for you.

As a matter of fact, it is officially claimed that Xbox One (S), Xbox 360 support MKV format. The point here is, only a part of MKV, unfortunately, is supported due to different codes. Well, how can you play those incompatible MKV files on Xbox One (S) then? The possible solution is to convert MKV to Xbox One (S) most compatible format.

Actually, it's easy to get the job done as long as you get Dimo Video Converter Ultimate. This video converter has been proven to be an outstanding MKV to Xbox One (S) converter. With it, you can convert different MKV videos to Xbox One S/Xbox 360 compatible H.264 WMV effortlessly. In addition to MKV files, this program also allows you to convert all videos in AVI, MP4, MPG, VOB, TiVo, MOV, etc to a decent format as you want. 

What's more, with the built-in editor, you can trim, crop, add watermark, 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 Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (OS Sierra, OS X El Capitan included), which has the same function as the Windows version. Just get the right version according to your computer's OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to ensure smooth playback of MKV files on Xbox One (S) without any limits.

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How to convert and play MKV files on Xbox One (S)

Step 1: Add MKV files

Download the MKV video converter on your computer, install and run the program, add .mkv videos by dragging and dropping or clicking "Add file".


Step 2: Select Xbox One (S) compatible formats

Click on the drop down menu of the Select Format, select "Device"> "Games" > "Xbox One S" as the target device.

Tip: If the default video/parameters can't meet your needs, just click Settings icon to adjust the video codec, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to get a decent video as you want. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3: Start MKV to Xbox One (S) conversion

After all necessary settings, you can hit the "Start" to start converting MKV to Xbox One (S) with best video settings. Once the conversion finished, click "Open" in main interface to quick locate the converted video. Then, you can stream the converted MKV movies to Xbox One (S) via DLNA or USB freely.

Here takes Plex as example and offers tips of streaming movies from PC/Mac to Xbox One S via Plex
  • Any Windows PC, Mac OS X computer with a folder that contains media files
  • Xbox One S gaming console with Media Player app installed – if you haven't done so yet, download and install available Xbox One S updates and be sure the Xbox One S has Media Player app installed, this is necessary to play the video and/or audio – if the Xbox One S doesn't have Media Player app yet you can find and download it quickly from the apps section of the console, it's about 45mb
  • A TV connected to the Xbox One S
  • Go to and download Plex Media Server here onto the computer and install it, it's free, you do not need to sign up for anything if you don't want to
  • The PC or Mac and Xbox One S must be on the same local network (wi-fi or ethernet)
  • Assuming you have met the fairly basic requirements, you're ready to configure and setup streaming from Plex Media Server to the Xbox One S and the TV.
Now that you have the Plex app on a computer and the Xbox One S up and running, the rest is really easy:

1. Launch Plex Media Server on the computer, this will open a new web browser window where you can configure the media server

2. In Plex app, choose "Add Library"

3. Still in Plex, now choose "Add Folders", navigating to the directory on the PC (or Mac) where the media you want to stream is stored (you can add multiple folders if you want to, including your iTunes Library from ~/Music/)

4. Now from the Xbox One S start screen, go to "My Apps and Games" and find and open "Media Player" from the apps menu (if you haven't done so yet, you can download it quickly as shown below)
Download the Media Player Xbox One S app if you haven't done so yet

5. Wait a moment or two and Media Player will discover the Plex Media Server app running on the computer and the video / audio library will show up on Xbox One S, it's easily identified and will show the name of the computer running the server.

6. Use the Xbox One S controller to navigate the media library in Plex

7. Select and play videos which will stream from the computer by hitting the A button on the Xbox One S controller. The selected video will start playing immediately on the Xbox One S and TV, while the Plex Media Server runs in the background on the computer.

You can play, pause, stop, fast forward, rewind, and scrub any movie or audio file that is streaming, the whole experience is easy and relatively seamless. You'll obviously need to have Plex Media Server open on the computer to have this work, as Media Player on Xbox One S will not be able to find media content on the PC or Mac without it.

Another particularly great aspect of using this setup is that if a friend or coworker has a movie, video, photo, or music on their computer that they want to play on the same TV and Xbox One S, all they need to do is download and run Plex Media Server to make their media content accessible for streaming too.

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