This post expressed by MiniTool official website lists the compatible video, audio, image, etc. media file formats for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. It also elaborates on how to play a media file on those Xbox devices.

What Video Formats Can Xbox One Play?

The Xbox One Media Player application supports various video and audio codecs, image file types, as well as container formats. Moreover, it even supports album art images saved in music folders.

Xbox One Compatible Video, Music, and Container Formats

  • 3GP video
  • 3GP audio
  • 3GP2
  • AAC
  • ADTS
  • .asf
  • AVI DivX
  • DV AVI
  • AVI uncompressed
  • AVI Xvid
  • 264 AVCHD
  • M-JPEG
  • .mkv
  • .mov
  • MP3
  • MPEG-PS
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-2 HD
  • MPEG-2 TS
  • 264/MPEG-4 AVC
  • MPEG-4 SP
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • WMA Lossless
  • WMA Pro
  • WMA Voice
  • WMV
  • WMV HD

Xbox One Supported Image Formats

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What Video Formats Can Xbox 360 Play?

This section, it will list the Xbox 360 compatible video file formats and video file types.

Xbox 360 Compatible Video Formats

Windows Media Video (WMV) 7, WMV 8, and WMV 9:

  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
  • Windows Media Audio Standard or Windows Media Audio Pro audio

WMV content may be Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected.

VC-1:

  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
  • Windows Media Audio Standard or Windows Media Audio Pro audio

MPEG-1 with MPEG-1 layer I or II audio

MPEG-2:

  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080i)
  • AC-3 or MPEG-1 layer I or II audio

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H.264/MPEG-4

Xbox 360 Compatible Audio Formats

WMV 7, WMV 8, and WMV 9

  • WMA Professional
  • WMA Lossless
  • MP3

How to Play Video and Audio on Xbox One?

In general, you need to rely on the Xbox Media Player app to play videos and music on your Xbox One console.

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First of all, you need to install Xbox Media Player from Xbox Store onto your Xbox device.

# Play Video Xbox One USB

Xbox One supports USB 3, 2, and 1 drives that are formatted in NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, or exFAT. If your Windows computer can read the USB flash drive, then, your Xbox One will. If you are running a Mac, make sure to format the USB as exFAT and not with a Mac-only file system like HFS+.

  1. Copy the videos, movies, music, songs, etc. from your PC to the USB disk.
  2. Then, insert the USB into one of the Xbox One console’s USB ports.
  3. Open the Xbox Media Player program and select the USB to browse all its contents.
  4. Choose one video or audio to play and manage the playback with Xbox One controller.

# Play Video from PC to Xbox One

Secondly, you are able to directly stream your favorite videos or music from the PC to Xbox One using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), which can be a network attached storage (NAS). To set up a DLNA server on the computer, Microsoft recommends and officially supports Windows Media Player. For Mac users, Plex is suggested.

Activate the DLNA server in Windows. Open Control Panel, search for “media” and click the Media streaming options under the Network & Sharing Center search result. Then, click the Turn on media streaming button to make the Videos, Music, and Pictures libraries files available for streaming.

turn on media streaming on Windows 11

Tip: If your target media files are not in those folders, you need to put them there.

 When you have successfully set up your DLNA server, it will appear in your Xbox One Media Player tool as an option alongside any connected USB drives, permitting you to browse and stream media files stored in your media libraries.

# Stream Video/Audio via “Play To” or “Cast to Device”

Besides, you can also take advantage of the “Play To” feature on Xbox One to play songs from your computer to your Xbox One. This function is called “Cast to Device” on Windows 10. Actually, this way also relies on DLNA in the background. The difference is that you do not need to set up a DLNA server; just browse the media files on your PC and let Windows play them on your Xbox One.

Before starting, you should have the Movies & TV app installed on your Xbox One. If not, you can download it from Xbox Store.

To make use of the above-mentioned utility, you need to ensure the appropriate option is enabled on your Xbox One. Just go to Settings > All Settings > Preferences > Game DVR & Streaming and enable Allow Play To Streaming.

allow to play to streaming on Xbox One

Then, switch to your computer, right-click on the target media file, and select Cast to Device > (your Xbox One console).

cast to device

Next, a small Windows Media Player window will appear for you to manage the playlist and control playback. In addition to that, you can also control playback on the Xbox One console with the Xbox One controller.

This method is also appliable for Xbox 360. The different part is how to enable PlayTo on Xbox 360: move to Settings > System Settings > Console Settings > Connected Devices and turn on PlayTo.

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