How Can I Play an MKV File on My Xbox 360?

by Marshal M. RosenthalUpdated September 22, 2017

The Xbox 360 has a built-in media player that has been crippled by Microsoft so that it cannot play a number of different video formats, including the MKV format. You can play an MKV video file on an Xbox 360 by converting it on a computer, then putting it onto a USB flash drive. This procedure is straightforward, can be done using free video converter software and does not violate the Xbox 360’s warranty in any way.

Download a free video converter program, like Koyote Free Video Converter, to the computer's desktop. Double-click the file when it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the video converter program. Restart the PC after the installation is done.

Double-click on the video converter's icon to launch it.

Drag the MKV video file onto the icon of the video converter on the desktop.

Highlight the MKV file in the top column of the video converter program’s main screen.

Select “AVI” from the list presented in the “Output format” tab.

Select “AVI - 28fps” from the “Video” drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the video converter program’s main screen. Select “Stereo” from the “Audio" drop-down menu in the video converter program’s main screen.

Click on the “Browse” button next to the “Save To” tab. In the window that appears, navigate to the computer's desktop . Click “OK” to close the window.

Press the “Convert” button at the top of the video converter program’s main screen. Wait for the progress bar that appears at the bottom of the main screen to reach 100 percent. Quit the video converter program once the conversion is finished.

Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on the computer. Wait for the USB drive's icon to appear on the desktop.

Drag the AVI video file that was made from the MKV video file onto the USB drive's icon. Wait for the AVI video file to be copied to the USB flash drive.

Right-click on the USB flash drive’s icon. Select “Eject” from the pop-up menu. Remove the USB flash drive from the computer's USB port.

Insert the USB flash drive into one of the Xbox 360’s USB ports. Turn on the Xbox 360.

Navigate to the “Video” tab from the Home menu. Select the USB flash drive's icon beneath the “Video” tab.

Select the AVI video file from the list of choices presented to the right of the icon of the USB flash drive. Press the “X” button on the Xbox 360 game controller to play the video.


You can use a video editor to remove extraneous parts from the MKV file before it is converted.


The USB flash drive must have enough free storage space on it to hold the video file.


About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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