How to Play MP4 files on Xbox One S without Any Problem

Xbox One S is not only a game console, but also a dedicated player which represent the pinnacle of home-cinema picture quality. With it, you can enjoy videos, photos, and music saved on USB storage devices and media servers. In this article, we focus on how to play MP4 on Xbox One S perfectly as there are so many guys complained Xbox One S won't see some MP4 files.

Stream MP4 to Xbox One S

Why can't I watch MP4 files on my Xbox One S?

Can Xbox One S play MP4? According to Microsoft, Xbox Media Player claims that it allows for playback of MP4 movies over both wi-fi (DLNA) and USB. Below is a table chart of Xbox's suported video and audio format. Please take a deeper look.


Xbox 360

Xbox One

Xbox One S

Supported Video and Audio Formats

Video: AVI, DivX, MP4, M4V, MP4V, MOV, WMV Video: 3GP, 3GP2, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, AVI Xvid, H.264 AVCHD, MKV, MPEG-2 TS, MP4, M4V, MOV, WMV same as that of Xbox One
Audio: MP3, AAC, WMA Audio: MP3, AAC, WMA


However, in some cases, you'll find your MP4 files can be played on Xbox One S. The reason is that different MP4 files are encoded with different audio and video codecs. According to Xbox support website, Xbox One S only supports playing MP4 files encoded with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC). If the MP4 video is not encoded with Xbox One S compatible codec, we will fail to stream MP4 to Xbox One S or play MP4 on Xbox One S. So does the Xbox One/Xbox 360. 

To ensure smooth playback of all kinds of MP4 files on Xbox One S without any limit, the easy solution is to convert MP4 to Xbox One S most compatible format supported formats, and then transfer the converted files via the USB or DLNA server. To finish the task, here we adopt Dimo Video Converter Ultimate, which can let you fast encode MP4 files to play on Xbox One S/Xbox One/Xbox 360 with high output video quality. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. By running it, there is no need to set the codec yourself, the program has the optimized preset for Xbox including Xbox One S.

Besides, the program can do conversion from other media files formatted in MKV, AVI, MTS, MOV, VOB, etc. and even DVD/Blu-ray files to Xbox highly compatible video files for playback smoothly. With the built-in video editor, you are able to trim, crop, add effect/watermark to edit source MP4 video and do 2D to 3D convrsion.If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (OS High Sierra and Sierra included), which has the same function as the Windows version. Now download the right version and follow the tips below.

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Tutorial: How to play MP4 files via Xbox One S

Step One: Install and run this MP4 to Xbox One S converter. Click "Add File" button on the main interface to load your MP4 files to the program. (Drag & Drop function is included.) Double click the video to use the Internal video player for previewing.

Xbox One S Video Converter

Step Two: Choose "Xbox One S" from "Games" in "Select Format" bar as output format, which can be recognized by Xbox One S easily.


a. Click the "Setting" button to open the Advanced Settings window to adjust the output video codec, resolution, bitrates, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, channel, volume and etc in the advanced tab.

Xbox One S video settings

b. If you need, you could click the "Edit" button to edit MP4 video by trimming, cropping, adding watermark/effect, making 3D, etc.

Step Three: At the end, go back to the main interface to click the "Start" button to start MP4 to Xbox One S conversion. Without waiting for a long time, you can get the output result in "Open" panel. Here, it is free for you to stream and enjoy MP4 movies via Xbox One S on big screen TV.

Tip 1: How to transfer converted video file to Xbox One S/Xbox One/Xbox 360 for playing MP4 files on Xbox?

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. 

Way #1: How to play MP4 (video and audio file as a whole) on Xbox via USB drive?

If you have a USB flash drive or external drive, you can use it to play videos on the Xbox device. Take the Xbox One as an example, and it supports USB 1, USB 2, and USB 3 drives. 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 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 MP4 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. There Xbox One has three USB ports you can use: Two on the back of the console, and one on the side.

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. 

Way #2: How to play MP4 (video and audio file as a whole) on Xbox via video streaming?

Alternatively, you can skip the USB drive entirely and stream a video from your computer to your Xbox One 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'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.

Tip 2: Additional Top 3 Efficient Tools to Get Videos in Xbox One S Video Format

Rip Blu-ray in Xbox One S Format
Convert DVD to Xbox One S Format
Change Video to Xbox One S Format
BDmate - Digitize Blu-ray to Xbox One S compatible video formats, AVI, MP4, MKV, etc. DVDmate - 1:1 copy DVD movie to AVI, MP4, MKV and other Xbox One S supported format without DVD drive. Videomate - Transcode SD/HD/4K videos to playable format for Xbox One S.


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