Microsoft Updates Xbox Video App for Windows With MKV Support

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

A while back, we talked about the fact that Windows 10 is said to feature native MKV support. And now it seems that Microsoft is ready to update its official Xbox app, as well, to make sure that it gets ready for Windows 10 launch.
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Microsoft has rolled out an important update to its official Xbox Video app, one that has been requested by many users. The updated app can now play MKV files, which, according to many voices, will be found quite useful for those who are downloading pirated movies. Here’s how the official update changelog sounds like:

MKV videos (the extension used for the Matroska Media Container) can now be played in Xbox Video. The update supports playback of most MKV files as long as they contain codecs supported by the app. Available in regions with Xbox Movies Store.

Earlier during this year, Microsoft also updated its Xbox One gaming console to enable playback of videos using the MKV container format. As you probably know, this file type is widely popular for TV and movie rips. Here are some other fixes that this version brings:

  • Spotlight section is now more robust
  • Fixes an issue that caused the Rent button to appear when viewing TV series and shows
  • Fixes an issue that was causing file metadata to appear in the video title in your collection
  • Fixes two issues with deeplinking to content within Xbox Video from other apps (the movie details page and playing trailers, specifically)

And now the Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 has just received an update to  enable MKV support in the modern-style video player, as well. So, if you plan to do view some .MKV movies on your Windows tablet, you’ll be happy to hear that you can do so with this latest update.

Before the MKV support was added,  both MPEG-4 and H.264 video codecs were supported, as well, with AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, and MP3 audio all working. However, H.265 and Theora and VP8 video codecs don’t work, but you could try your luck with the official VLC player app from the Windows Store.

In Windows 10, besides system-level support for MKV containers, Microsoft will be doing the same for FLAC lossless audio. With all these changes, Microsoft is making its Windows operating system much more powerful out-of-the-box, which will make it fell as a more interesting proposal for those looking to upgrade.

READ ALSO: How to Fix 0xc00007b error in Windows 8.1

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