Play H.265 on Xbox One X

Xbox One X supports 4K 60Hz HEVC (H.265)

Microsoft’s Xbox One X has quickly become a popular home gaming console. In addition to offering 4K resolution gameplay, the console also boasts improved video decoding compared to the older Xbox One consoles. The Xbox One X now supports 4K 60Hz HEVC (H.265), VP9, and AVC (H.264) video formats. However, they are still some people complaining that they encounter the following problems when viewing certain HEVC (H.265) files on Xbox One X just as the condition listed below:

“Not all HEVC (H.265) video plays on Xbox One X, some play audio fine but the screen just stays green. Its hit or miss for me on plex some x265 hevc file play both audio and video no problem, some green screen and just play audio.”

“Xbox One X only supports HEVC 10-bit codec. Based on our testing, some H.265 files like in 12 bit can’t play via Xbox One properly. ”

From above information, we can see that Xbox One X currently seems not handle 4K H.265 very well. To fix this issue, it would be much ideal for you to transcode the 4K H.265 to Xbox One X more friendly playback format such as 4K H.264 High Profile Video.

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Best tool to transcode 4K H.265 for Xbox One X

If you are looking for a powerful yet simple to use application to get the job done, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to you. The program has perfect importing support for both 4K H.265 files wrapped with both MKV or MP4 container file formats. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple 4K H.265 files into the application for conversion at one time.

With the application, you can easily convert 4K H.265 to Xbox One X more favorable 4K H.264 High Profile formats with perfect quality and super fast encoding speed. The program supports hard-ware encoding acceleration, so that you can get up to 6x H.264 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic cards that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD APP technology.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is available on Windows 10/8.1/8/7, it is also accompanied by an up-to-date Mac version – Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac for you to perform the transcoding process on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

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Step by Step to Transcode 4K H.265 for Xbox One X Playback

Step 1: Load 4K H.265 files.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source Load 4K H.265 video files into the program.

Load source 4K H.265 files

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Xbox One X best compatible 4K file formats “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output Xbox One X best supported 4K file formats

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Step 3: Enable GPU Encode Acceleration.

Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate converion speed when encoding 4K H.265 to 4K H.264 codec.

Enable GPU encoding acceleration

Step 4: Start 4K H.265 to Xbox One X conversion process.

Clicking the Convert button on main interface to pop out a Conversion window with conversion information such as Time elapsed, Time left, Generated size, and Estimated size.

After the conversion, you can click “Open output folder” to popup output directory with the converted files.

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