[Resolved] Xbox Series X Won't Play H.265 MKV from USB Drive

Watch 4K/1080P H.265 MKV via Xbox Series X

Play MKV on Xbox Series X

"Can Xbox Series X play 4K or 1080P H.265 MKV? Why won't my Xbox Series X play MKV movies in the USB drive, but my friend's Xbox Series X can play? Isn't the Xbox Series X's media player already claiming that it allows MKV movies to be played through DLNA and USB? Who can help me? I'll be very grateful. - Brayden Pope"

As a game lover, the most exciting thing is playing games at home. Nobody disturbs us, just enjoy the games. Generally speaking, we just need to insert the game disc into Xbox Series X and connect Xbox Series X to Smart TV/HD TV with HDMI cable.

However, buying the game disc is not the first choice for most people, most of us like to find and download some good game resources and make them into USB. Plug the USB flash drive into the Xbox Series X to which you want to transfer game content. Access "System Settings" on your Xbox Series X, located in the dashboard's "My Xbox" section. Choose "Memory" from the menu. Notice a new screen appears prompting you to select your desired device.

But why the Xbox Series X can't read MKV files from USB drive? Technical speaking, Xbox Series X can play MKV, WMV, MPG, MP4, Blu-ray disc and DVD according to Microsoft official. But we need to know that only special MKV can be supported by Xbox Series X, Xbox One X, Xbox 360. A file with the .MKV file extension is a Matroska Video file. It's a video container much like MOV and AVI, but also supports an unlimited number of audio, picture and subtitle tracks (like SRT or USF). In fact, whether or not an Xbox Series X plays MKV files really depends on what is inside the file. For example, if a MKV file has DTS audio or Dolby True audio which Xbox Series X has bad compatibility with, the file finally won't be supported by Xbox Series X.


Part1: Best Video Converter for converting H.265 for Xbox Series X

Part2: Steps to convert H.265 MKV to H.264 MP4 for Xbox Series X

Part3: Why can't I still play MKV on Xbox Series X from USB?

Part 1: Best Video Converter for Xbox Series X

Before copy the movies to USB flash drive, we need to make sure H.265/HEVC MKV video's format is compatible with Xbox Series X firstly. If it is not, we need to convert H.265 or other video formats to just skip to MKV files encoded with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC). There are a long list of tools available for doing this conversion. If you're looking for a simple and reliable one to get the job done, then, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate / Mac Version is a tailored tool for you.

The software takes popular video and audio files and converts to a host of output formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, M4V, WebM, VOB, MPEG-2, H.264, OGG, MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV. And it supports batch conversion, allowing for converting multiple files simultaneously. There's even a basic video editor on board that offers options to edit the video. Even better, You can alter the conversion settings to produce a output result you desire or tailor the output by device-oriented presets such as Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Pro, Smart TVs, Android phones, tablets, and more.

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Part2: Convert H.265 MKV to Xbox Series X supported video format

When it comes to converting H.265 for playing on Xbox Series X, the Video Converter Software is necessary.

  1. - Xbox Series X Video Converter can work in an environment with wireless and no wireless.
  2. - Video Converter for Xbox Series X has 2 versions: Mac and Windows versions.
  3. - H.265 MKV to Xbox Series X converter can batch convert audio/video formats with fast speed.
  4. - Convert 4K camcorders video, such as convert MXF to ProRes MOV from Paasonic camcorders.
  5. - Extract audio from video, like extracting MP3 from Blu-ray/DVD discs.
  6. - Edit video, including crop, trim, add 3D effect, extract subtitles, add watermark …

Please follow below simple steps to convert MKV for Xbox Series X


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Add your H.265 MKV movies

On the top of the menu, click Add File button to load MP4 files. It is worth mentioning that freely selectable language tracks give you plenty of options to convert video with preferred language track. For converting Blu-ray or DVD discs, please click Load Disc icon to load video files from your Blu-ra or DVD drive. By the way, this software supports batch conversion, is it so cool?

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Set output profile

On the bottom of the interface, click the drop-down list beside Format. In the list, choose HD Video > HD H.264 Video (*.mp4) or 4K Video > 4K MP4 Video (*.mp4) as output format.

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Choose output folder

To set the destination of converted videos will be done by simply clicking Output bar on the bottom of the interface. And to make users get output file easily, the Open button is made for fast finding the location of converted video file.


Edit H.265 MKV file

Select the video you want to edit then click Edit icon to enhance your output video. The H.265 to Xbox Series X Converter for Windows/Mac program also provides profession edit function, you can edit the output file with the desired effects, such as 2D to 3D options.

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Start conversion process

After the presetting of the above procedure, the next step is to click the Convert button. And the conversion process will indicate in the conversion dialog box below. One option available for users when the video converting process finished: "Shut down computer after conversion" when conversion completed.

Part 3: Something more about playing MKV files on Xbox Series X

Under normal conditions, we just need to insert USB drive into Xbox Series X and then play the games.

Just in cases, I tell you one more thing maybe occurred on playing.

Xbox Series X can read USB drive in exFAT or FAT32 while NTFS cannot. [Make sure your video is smaller than 4GB] The most common situation is Xbox Series X can't read USB drive, when it happens, you just need to format the USB drive.

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