Divx, Xvid and MKV Among List of Codecs Headed to Xbox One Through System Update

By Joel Taveras

August 14, 2014

During Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference, the company announced a slew of new features making their way to the Xbox One through an upcoming system update. Among the most significant (especially for anyone who embraced media capabilities on last generation consoles) was the inclusion of a ‘Media Player’ app that will allow users to playback content on local storage (USB drives) as well as over their home networks through DLNA. Among the list is support for “enthusiast” codecs such Divx, Xvid, and MKV. Its seems clear that Microsoft not only wants to make the Xbox One the place to play, but also the place to watch all of your pirated legitimately obtained video content.

Just last weekend I was quickly reminded about the lack of functionality on both new consoles when I was trying to playback local media in my living room. It’s a relief to know that at least one of my current gen consoles is taking steps in the right direction. Your move Sony.

Check out a video tour of the upcoming media player app as well as the full list of supported codecs heading to the Xbox One below:

Xbox One compatible file types:
3gp audio
3gp video
animated gif
avi divx
avi dv
avi uncompressed
avi xvid
h264 avchd
mpeg 1 ps
mpeg 2
mpeg 2 hd
mpeg 2 ts
mpeg 4 h264 aac
mpeg 4 sp
wma lossless
wma pro
wma voice
wmv hd

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Joel Taveras

Joel Taveras is one of the founding members of DualShockers. He hails from New York City where he lives with his wife and two sons. During his tenure with the site, he's held every position from news writer to community manager to editor in chief. Currently he manages the behind the scenes and day-to-day operations at the publication.

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