MKV, the Matroska Multimedia Container is a media format that can hold a number of video, audio and subtitle tracks in one single file, and serves as a popular format for storing movies or TV shows. However, such a universal file format is not natively supported by Windows 8/8.1. To play a MKV-encoded video on Windows 8/8.1, you will have to install specific codecs. In fact, it's not that easy to do this, especially on Windows tablets like Surface Pros and Surface Book. And unfortunately, there are only few apps that bolster MKV playback on Windows Store, excluding those paid ones. So we particularly compiled the best free MKV players for Windows 8, 8.1 64/32 bit.
5KPlayer, the best free MKV player for Window 8/Windows 8.1 64 bit, supports playing MKV, MP4, AVI, HEVC, MOV videos by default. With this top free Windows 8 MKV player installed on your computer and Surface devices, you can open any MKV file flawlessly, no matter it is in 720p, 1080p, 4K or 8K.
In case you may prefer to convert MKV to Windows 8/8.1 compatible formats, here we also introduce a robust MKV converter - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. This is a superb video converter that deals with all HD MKV videos. It enables you to convert MKV videos to Windows supported formats, for example MKV to MP4, MKV to AVI, MKV to WMV, etc. More importantly, it allows you to directly convert MKV to Surface Pro 4/3/2, Surface Book and other portable devices.
Can't say 5KPlayer is superior to any other MKV players, especially the stellar VLC that has long held the crown of best free media player. But this top-notch MKV player for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64 bit surely stands out with sharper image and crisper sound in terms of playing HD MKV videos, and comes in handy when VLC cannot play MKV. Just give it a try!
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