Designed as the major competitor of Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, the second generation of Xbox, has been favored in the gaming market for years. As the sales volume of Xbox 360 reached 70 million units in the world, it aroused customers’ interests towards its successor, which is rumored to be released in 2013 naming Xbox. In fact, Xbox 360 is not only a powerful game console, but also an attractive multimedia device that can be used as a music center and photo scanner. However, watching video especially YouTube video on Xbox 360 is quite troublesome.
Instead of getting different devices for different entertaining activities, people love to use a single device that provides accesses to various entertaining purposes. Therefore, the method to watch YouTube video on Xbox 360 seems to be quite desirable. User needs Adobe Flash Player to view YouTube video but Xbox 360 fails to provide one. Therefore, the task of viewing YouTube video on Xbox 360 won’t be an easy one. Therefore, two methods will be covered here so as to guide users play YouTube movie on Xbox 360.
Method I: Install YouTube App for Xbox
Before the release of YouTube App for Xbox in December 2011, there is no way to stream YouTube video on Xbox 360. Added to Metro Xbox Dashboard, YouTube App for Xbox provides users options including Watch Later, Playlists and Subscriptions. However, the fact that Microsoft only allows Xbox Live Gold members who provide an annual subscription of 59.99 dollars to watch YouTube video on Xbox 360 with this app has pissed off many users. What’s more, YouTube App for Xbox is quite limited in function when compared with the desktop YouTube. Users may fail to find their wanted videos via this app. To make it worse, something goes wrong with YouTube App for Xbox in recent days. When users try to employ it for video entertainment, Error: 4004 occurs.
Method II: Convert YouTube video to Xbox 360
Another easy way to play YouTube video on Xbox 360 is to convert YouTube video to Xbox 360. Actually, this is the only feasible method before the debut of YouTube App for Xbox. When the conversion process is done, users can send the converted movie to Xbox 360 via mass storage devices like portable hard disk. However, one thing to notice is that Xbox 360 can only support portable hard disk with the format of FAT instead of NTSC. As for the YouTube to Xbox 360 converter, Moyea SWF to Video Converter, which can import YouTube video as Flash, is highly recommended.
Step 1: Get to the page where the YouTube video lies, click “Share” button, choose “Embed” tab and then check “Use old embed code” box. After that, copy the first part of the URL address standing next to “value=”.
Step 2: After installing Moyea SWF to Video Converter, click “Browser…” button and choose “From URL” option in the drop-down menu. Then paste the URL address to the corresponding bar and click “OK” button.
Step 3: Click “Export” tab, check “Video” box and then set the output video as Xbox 360 friendly movie by choosing “Xbox 360 WMV 1080P TV Movie” option in the drop-down menu of “Style”. Then click “Convert” tab to begin the conversion process from YouTube video to WMV file for Xbox 360. When it is done, users can store the WMV video in portable devices and connect the device to Xbox 360.