As one of the most popular gaming consoles in the world, Xbox can be used to do a lot of things. You can use it to play games alone or with your friends, or you can use it to watch your favorite videos in various ways. If you enjoy watching videos with your Xbox gaming console, I believe you have wondered whether you can play YouTube on your Xbox or not. In fact, playing YouTube videos on Xbox is possible, but can only be done with the help of certain programs on your computer. If you still don’t know how to play YouTube on you Xbox, or you don’t know what programs you need in order to convert the YouTube videos to an Xbox compatible format, then keep reading this article because all of the questions will be answered in the following parts.

Part 1: Download YouTube files with Leawo Video Downloader

Before we get to how to convert YouTube videos to an Xbox compatible format, you should make sure that you have a reliable channel to download your YouTube video. In order to successfully convert YouTube to Xbox compatible formats play it on your Xbox, you need a YouTube Downloader that can best retain the original video quality, and provide flexible download options at the same time. When it comes to professional YouTube video downloader, there’s one program that is worth a strong recommendation, and the program is called Leawo Video Downloader.

As a professional YouTube downloader program, Leawo Video Downloader can download HD YouTube video with a click of your mouse. Thanks to the advanced online download engine, the program can download 720P, even 1080P videos with a super high speed and retain the quality of the video at the same time. Besides the leading download technology, Leawo Video Downloader also provides smart download settings, making the download result more personalized and customized. Here is how easy it is to download a YouTube video with Leawo Video Downloader.

Step 1: Download and install Leawo Video Downloader. When you launch the program, you will see the “Video Downloader” function module in the function hub. Click on the “Video Downloader” to enter the function module.


Step 2: After entering the “Video Downloader” function module, Leawo Video Downloader will automatically navigate to YouTube. You can paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download into the URL box, or directly search a video with the built-in browser.


Step 3: Once you land on the video page, you will have the option to download the video in various specifications on that page. Click the “Download” icon on the specification that you want, and Leawo Video Downloader will download the video immediately. 


Part 2: Convert YouTube videos with Leawo Video Converter

After downloading your YouTube videos, the next thing you should worry about is how to convert YouTube videos to Xbox compatible formats. There are multiple options to convert YouTube videos. You can use online video converter tools, which allows you to convert your videos without installing an extra programs, or you can also use professional YouTube video converter programs which can provide a better efficiency. The recommended option is to use a professional YouTube converter program because in that way you can guarantee a good conversion result. So, what YouTube to Xbox converter program you should use? Well, there are tons of converter programs you can choose from on the internet, and the one that I would personally recommend is Leawo Video Converter.

Leawo Video Converter is a professional video converter program and has a leading conversion technology in the video conversion industry. The software can retain the best video and audio quality in the converting process, and still keep a high converting speed at the same time. Leawo Video Converter supports more than 180 video formats as both input and output, and also features various practical video editing options like trimming, cropping, adding watermarks, removing noise, adjusting video parameters and even converting 2D videos to 3D. With the advanced video processing core, Leawo Video Converter can get your YouTube video converted in no time. Thanks to the straightforward, intuitive and user-friendly design, the way you can use Leawo Video Converter to convert YouTube to Xbox compatible formats is super easy. The following shows the detailed steps on how to convert a YouTube video with Leawo Video Converter.

Step 1: Download, launch Leawo Video Converter and navigate to the “Video Converter” function module. To import the source YouTube video, simply drag and drop the downloaded YouTube video onto the program. Of course, you can also click the “Add Video” button to import your YouTube video manually.


Step 2: After you have imported the original YouTube file, you have to set an output format for the conversion. The default output video format in Leawo Video Converter is “MP4 Video”. To change the output format, click the “MP4 Video” area and choose “Change” in the dropdown menu. On the popped-out format panel, find your desired video format and click on it to select.


Step 3: After setting an output format, if you click the “Edit” button at the right side of the imported video, you will be able to edit it before the conversion. On the popped out “edit” panel, you can see various edit options provided by Leawo Video Converter listed at the left bar. Click one edit option and you will have detailed parameters at the right. Once you are done editing the video, click “OK” to confirm the adjustments.


Step 4: Once you are ready to convert your YouTube video, click the green “Convert” button to call out the convert settings panel, where you can set an output directory, and click the “Convert” icon to start the YouTube video conversion.


Part 3: Play YouTube files on Xbox via USB

After downloading the YouTube video and converting the downloaded YouTube video to an Xbox compatible format, you can then play the video on your Xbox gaming console with a USB storage device. However, simply connecting the USB storage device to the Xbox gaming console will not make the video play. In order to play the video inside of your USB storage device, you need to firstly download and install the Media Player app from Xbox’s official app store. Only when you have the Media Player app installed on your Xbox console, can you start playing the YouTube video in your USB storage device.

Another thing you should know is that, the Xbox One supports USB 1, USB 2, and USB 3 drives, and the drive must be formatted in FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS. If you have a Windows PC, your USB drive will work on your Xbox One as long as your Windows PC can read it. If you have a Mac, be sure to format the drive as exFAT and not with a Mac-only file system like HFS+. If your USB storage device meets the standards above, you can play your YouTube video on the Xbox gaming console according to the guide below.

Step 1: Connect your USB storage device to your computer, and move the converted YouTube video from your computer to your USB storage device.
Step 2: Download the Media Player app on your Xbox gaming console and install it.
Step 3: Eject the USB storage device from your computer and connect it to one of the USB ports on your Xbox gaming console. There Xbox One has three USB ports you can use: Two on the back of the console, and one on the side.
Step 4: Open the Media Player app and you’ll see your connected drive as an option. Select the drive and you can browse all the media files on it and play them. The playback can be freely controlled with your Xbox controller.


Extension: YouTube files formats and Xbox supported formats

As you can see from the instructions above, in order to play a YouTube video on your Xbox gaming console, you need to firstly download the YouTube video, then convert the video format of the video before you can transfer the video to the Xbox gaming console. That’s because the video file you download from YouTube sometimes cannot be directly played on your Xbox gaming console due to the format incompatibility.

YouTube and Xbox gaming console has different video format standards. According to the YouTube official guideline, YouTube supports the following video formats for upload: 3GPP, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG4, MPEGPS, WebM and WMV. YouTube also recommends specific encoding settings for optimal conversion. These are the H.264 video codec for an .mp4 container, and the AAC-LC audio codec with a sample rate of 48 kHz or 96 kHz. However, because YouTube re-encodes the video after it’s uploaded, the video you download from YouTube usually do not have the same format as its original format when it’s uploaded. The format of your downloaded video usually depends on the downloader tool you use. The common formats downloaded from YouTube are MP4, AVI or FLV, although a good YouTube downloader could provide more flexible download options.

As for the Xbox gaming console, the supported video formats are mkv, mov, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H. 264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, and WMV HD. So in order to make sure your YouTube video can be played on your Xbox gaming console, you usually need to convert the YouTube video to one of the above formats with a video converter program like Leawo Video Converter.