How to Play MKV on Xbox 360?

Summary: Many people don’t know if Xbox 306 can play MKV. Actually, it can’t. So how to play MKV files on Xbox 360 freely? Here shows you the way.

Can you play MKV on Xbox 360?

According to Microsoft's support page, you can use the following codecs when streaming video on Xbox 360: WMV(Unprotected), Mpeg4, H.264, AVI.

Further investigation of that same page reveals that that means you can use the following file formats: avi, .divx, .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov, .wmv

Also, when playing something from USB, the file can be no larger than 4 GB. It also cannot play DivX files older than DivX 5.0.

From the analysis above, MKV is not in the list. So you can’t play MKV on Xbox 360 directly.

How to Play MKV on Xbox 360?

A practical way to play MKV on Xbox 360 with no restriction is to convert MKV to Xbox 360 more compatible formats. To do this, a professional yet easy-to-use MKV to Xbox 360 Converter like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is needed.

This software not only convert MKV to Xbox 360, but also supports MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MXF, FLV, 3GP, OGV, MTS, ASF, TS, MPEG and more video formats to Xbox 360. And in the process, this app allows you choose audio codec, like AAC, AC3, MP3.

With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, you can also convert Xbox 360 supported video or movie files to other video formats like MP4, MOV, ASF, FLV, 3GP, OGV, MTS, AVI, WMV, MXF, and WebM, etc.

In-depth Tutorial: Convert MKV to Xbox 360 Compatible Formats

Step 1: Download and install MKV to Xbox 360 converter:

Free download and install

Other Download:
- Pavtube old official address:
- Cnet Download:

Mac version please click here.

Step 2: Import MKV video

Click "File" button to open MKV file that you want to convert. Or simply drag and drop MKV to the main interface of the MKV to Xbox 360 Converter.

Step 3: Choose output format

Click "Format" drop-down list and choose " Zune/Xbox 360 Device >> Xbox 360 Video - Windows Media Video(*.wmv)" as the compatible MP4 preset with best video quality.

Step 4: Convert MKV to Xbox 360

Press the big "Convert" button to finish MKV to Xbox 360 conversion. You can locate the video in output folder.

Stream MKV and Other Video to Xbox 360 on Windows and Mac

When you find the generated video in output folder, now it's time to steam the converted MKV file to Xbox 360 to enjoy it.

For Windows users: there are four ways to share the converted file to Xbox 360: Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server and Zune Software. Pluck just Windows Media Player 12 as an example. (Note: this method only applies to Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7) or 11 (Windows Vista))

Click the "Stream" menu of Windows Media Player and then select "Turn on media streaming";
Click "Turn on media streaming" in the pop-up dialog;
Name your media library and click "OK".

For Mac users: you have to use a third-party streaming solution to share the converted file to Xbox 360.

When you achieved MKV playback on Xbox 360, don’’t you think Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is fantastic? Is that all of the Ultimate Converter features? Of course Not! Highly acclaimed as Swiss Army Knife, this versatile video converter for Xbox 360 also functions as a strong performer for Blu-ray and DVD to Xbox conversion.

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