Unlike the Xbox One, the Xbox One S now supports 4K video playback from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, it also has 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray built-in. For those people who have recorded 4K video footage with 4K camera/camcorder or download some 4K movies or TV shows from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, etc, you may look for a way to stream those 4K video files to Xbox One S.
Although Xbox One S now has the ability to handle 4K Ultra HD video, however, it doe not mean that you can throw 4K video with any file formats to it. The 4K video must be included in Xbox One S supported file formats:
Video formats: 3GP video, 3GP2, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, asf, AVI Xvid, H.264 AVCHD, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, WMV, WMV HD
Audio formats 3GP audio, AAC, ADTS, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice
From above list, we can see that Xbox One S only supports to load 4K video compressed with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, if the 4K video are compressed with other incompatible codec such as H.265/HEVC, XAVC S, Prores, MXF, etc. You will fail to load 4K video into Xbox One S.
Transcode unsupported 4K video to Xbox One S
To play incompatible 4K video on Xbox One, the most effective way is downloading a 4K video converter software such as Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac (best Mac Video Converter Review) to convert above listed unsupported 4K video to Xbox One S readabke 4K file formats.
To get the best video playback settings for Xbox One S, you can either use the program to direct output Xbox One S preset profile formats with all the optimized playback settings or output Xbox One playable formats listed above and then adjust the output profile settings such as video codec, resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels.
How to Stream and Play Unsupported 4K Video on Xbox One S?
Step 1: Load 4K source files.
Start the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load Video/Audio" or "Load from folder" button to import incompatible 4K video files into the program.
Step 2: Set output file format.
Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, select one of Xbox One S supported file formats such as "H.264 HD Video(*mp4)" frop "HD Video" main category.
Tips: You can get better output quality by flexibly tweaking the output video codec, resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels.
Output Xbox One S optimized profile settings
You can also select to output Xbox One S preset profile formats by following "Zune/Xbox 360 Device" > "Xbox 360 HD Video(*.wmv)" which can also work on Xbox One S.
Step 3: Start 4K video to Xbox One S conversion.
Tap the "Convert" button in the right-bottom to begin the conversion from 4K video to Xbox One S media player app readable formats conversion process.
After the conversion is completed, you can stream video to Xbox One S via USB drive, DLNA Server or Plex Media Server.