Best Free x265 or HEVC Video Players For Windows 10 Laptop, Desktop, PC And Surface Pro

Apple computers are a global intuitive manufacturing company announcing that their masterpieces supporting HEVC format in all aspects. The formats were announced as HEVC format or x265, or H.265. The camera recorded videos, output scaling, and overall format come out in x265.

The x265 video format does not come under universal video output category yet, so you might need a dedicated video player to unlock the true potential of the format.

We are going to take a quick look at the best free x265 players for Windows 10 computers.

The x265 players support Windows 7, Windows 8 as well, and I will mention supported OS at the end of the each list as well.

1. VLC Media Player

The latest edition from the official developers has turned the tables around in HEVC format category. The x265 VLC player encoded the video streams to the latest edition of the VLC Media Player. The traditional version supported the HEVC x265 files, but it could not unlock the true potential of the video. The developers step forward to create an advanced version of H.265/MPEG-H HEVC in the 3.0 version. The community contribution enabled the official dev team to create improved version of H.265/MPEG-H HEVC player. In short, you can enjoy high-quality videos from VLC media player.

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10), Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android

Download VLC :

2. Media Player Classic

MPC player is a popular solution developed in 2003 and it is an open-source project, which is no longer supported by the dev team. However, it is a lightweight solution for the clunky and old PC’s. If you are using Windows 10 on a low-end computer, then this should fit right in the bunk. The MPC player supports H.265/MPEG-H HEVC encoder, which provides greater value for freebies. You can play the MPEG-H videos without buffering or stutters.

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10), Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android

Download MPC :

3. Kodi

XBMC Media Center also known as Kodi is now available on Microsoft Store for free. The media player is an entertainment portal that I have used to watch movies, shows, and premium content without paying a single penny. The Microsoft approved media player offers advanced H.265/MPEG-H HEVC encoder. Kodi plays the HEVC formats without any stutters and buffering.

Do not download the installation package from third-party sources as it may contain online threats. These threats can sneak into the computer without getting detected by the security programs.

Supported OS: Windows 10

Download Kodi :

4. 5KPlayer

The 5KPlayer software integrated to support wide-range of formats such as MP4, WMV, MKV, H.265/264 and more. The developer’s team crafted the software to support modern formats such as H.265/HEVC coded videos. The 5KPlayer enhanced features unleash the true potential of the x265 format, thus you have a great visual experience. According to the dev team, they have developed a new feature that can put together damaged parts of the video file, and play it smoothly. We have not tested the feature yet, but informing was part of our responsibility.

The 5KPlayer company does offer the player for free, but you might have to pay a few bucks to use premium features. The overall package comes at a price, but you can take viewing experience home without paying a single penny.

Keep in mind that it can play audio, and video (2K & 4K) without any issues.

Supported OS: Windows PC and Mac OS X.

Download 5KPlayer :

5. Real One Player

RealOne Player is a popular media player that covered millions of devices around the world. The masses remember the RealOne Player from the iconic smartphone Nokia N-series. The company developed the project even further over the years and integration of H.265/HEVC coded can play high-definition videos without any issues.

Real Company offering the bundle for a premium price, but it only applies to the advanced features. If you want to play x265 videos on Windows in a few clicks, then RealOne is a premium yet free choice for the masses.

Supported OS: Windows 10.

Download RealOne Player :


The X265 video format offers compression with lossless visual quality, which isn’t something that other formats can bundle in the package nowadays. Majority of the devices support universal format such as MP4, and MKV format may not be a favorable file. Let us know what you think about the best free x 265 video players in the comment section below.

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