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Tricks for Playing 4K Content on Xbox One S through USB stick


Q: Is the Xbox One S capable of playing downloaded 4K content through the USB stick? I have played successfully every other resolution through the media player app but I tried a 4K sample and I got a single frame (the single frame IS in 4K resolution) and about 1 second of sound before the app force closed. I read it does not because it doesn't support codecs for h.265 files (which most 4K videos are) or something like that. Is there any suggestion?

Have the similar confusion on playing 4K on Xbox One S through USB like the above user? In this article, you will give you some hints. Although the Xbox One S is "4K-ready" as advertised, the media player cannot do 4K based on our testing especially the 4K files in H.265 codec.

To simply and quickly solve the issue, you're suggested to convert 4K video to Xbox One S more compatible format like H.264 MP4 in 1080p. To achieve the goal, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. It is surely in the support of compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p, 2k faultlessly. Plus, this 4K video converter enables you to transcode 4K videos like H.265 to H.264 MP4 or any format including but not limited to MOV, WMV, FLV, MPG, AVI, MKV... as you want. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can trim, crop and retouch your videos in clicks. Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K HD video converter, player and editor.

P.S. If you are running on Mac OS X, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the alternative choice, which allows you to convert/compress 4K clips for Xbox One S on Mac(macOS Sierra/El Capitan/Yosemtie/Mavericks included) at high speed.

Guide: How to Convert 4K Video to Xbox One S Supported Video Formats

Step 1. Add 4K videos

Launch the 4K to Xbox One S converter. Drag the 4K files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.


Step 2. Select output format

Click "Format" and choose H.264 MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Xbox One S easily.


Tip: Click the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files.

Step 3. Start 4K conversion

Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window to start converting 4K video to H.264 MP4 for Xbox One S.

After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the output videos. Then, you can watch 4K movie on Xbox One S via USB drive or even DLNA or Plex Media Server easily. Enjoy.

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