How to Smoothly Play MKV on Xbox Series X|S?

Despite the fact that Xbox Series console is capable of video playback through a plugged USB drive using the Media Player app, I bet quite a lot of people have still run into Xbox Series X|S MKV playback issue. This post will tell you the primary cause and show you how to solve the problem once for all.

Need a worry-free solution? Just install this utility to re-encode MKV files to Xbox Series X|S supported format:

Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Jul 28, 2023

Can Xbox Series X|S Play MKV Files?

In addition to the unparalleled gaming experience, the Xbox Series is also equipped with a wealth of entertainment features that allow you to enjoy online streaming services and watch purchased or rented movies and TV episodes. Beyond that, Xbox Series also allows you play video files stored on a connected USB drive using the Media Player app.

However, the answer to "Does Xbox Series X|S play MKV" is both yes and no even if MKV is on the list of Media Player supported file types. Because MKV is just a video container format that can store different kinds of video and audio codecs, but if you try to play an MKV file that contains unsupported codecs, you'll inevitably run into Xbox Series MKV playback problems, such as MKV no sound, error message, video choppy, and all that jazz. Now that you know the root cause of the problem, here's how you can easily fix it and play MKV on Xbox Series X|S without a hitch.

Fix Xbox Series MKV Issue

HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers a 3-steps process to convert MKV files to Xbox Series X|S well supported format for smooth playback. Download this utility to solve Xbox Series MKV playback problems without any difficulty.

The Simple Fix to MKV Not Working on Xbox Series X|S Properly

To solve all Xbox Series X MKV playback issues once for all, I would recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to you guys. Equipped with the built-in codecs and 500+ configured presets, it can virtually solve any video and audio format incompatibility issue, and Xbox Series MKV playback failure is no exception. More importantly, as a novice-oriented A/V processor, the intuitive interface makes it accessible to everyone.

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How to Re-Encode MKV Files to Xbox Series X|S Supported Format?

Step 1 - Add Unsupported MKV Files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open "Converter" module. Then, add your MKV files that won't play on Xbox Series X|S by pressing "Add Files" button. A simple drag-and-drop is also allowed.

MKV to Xbox Series X|S Converter

Step 2 - Select Xbox Series Profile as Export Format

Click on the right-hand big profile image to open a full list of 500+ predefined presets well-arranged by Formats and Devices. Switch over to "Microsoft" category and choose either Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S profile.

Tips: The seasoned users can directly choose "MKV" profile under "Video" category and open "Parameter settings" window to modify the detailed parameters, such as video bitrate, resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, deinterlacing, and whatever as you with. This app even allows you to trim, split, crop, rotate, flip, watermark, merge MKV files, and even add subtitles to MKV.

Xbox Series X Media Player MKV

Step 3 - Re-Encode MKV to Xbox Series Supported Standard

Press the inverted triangle icon on the bottom to choose a destination folder. Finally, hit "Run" button to start the MKV re-encoding process with GPU acceleration to permanently fix Xbox Series X|S MKV playback problem.

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Final Words...

That's the simplest way to fix Xbox Series MKV playback issue once for all by video transcoding. When the conversion is complete, just move the converted files to your removable USB drive. Then connect it to the console for smooth Xbox Series playback using the Media Player app.

As the Media Player app cannot recognize MKV files with HEVC video, DTS or TrueHD audio, you can also give it another shot on some alternatives to Media Player app, such as Movie & TV app (Film & TV), VLC, Kodi, Plex, etc. Hopefully, this post is of some help to fix any MKV Xbox Series X|S playback issue. Thanks for reading!

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