Solved Kodi 20.1 broke video playback on xbox
I had Kodi 20 installed and had no issues with playback of locally stored videos. Now it automatically updated to 20.1 and the videos can no longer play. I can click on them and the spinning thing starts up... but then nothing else happens. Tried rebooting... no help.

Any ideas?
I had the same problem. I was able to get videos to play by changing the setting at Settings>Player>Videos>Render Method to "DXVA". I found that only SD videos wouldn't play on the two Xboxes (one first gen and one X) I have access to. 1080p videos seemed to play fine. Changing it to "Software" also worked. I think anything but "Auto Detect" would work, but I didn't try "Pixel Shaders" once I got it working. Hope it works for you.
Thanks... that fixed it
Thread marked solved.
Got video playback problem with Kodi 20.1 too.
Was during my first usage of Kodi 20.1 (updated).
On my side, got my 1st "video image freeze" since Kodi 19.3.

During music video playing, i pressed "next" to go to next music video on my playlist.
The audio started and played but the image got frozen from previous music video interrupted.
Was not able to return to Kodi UI menu in my situation.
I forced a "stop-shutdown" of Kodi App from Xbox OS Interface.

After that, i changed Render Method to "DXVA" as explained here and restarted Kodi app.
Seem to fix my problem because was not able to reproduce the problem anymore with the same playlist.
I will investigate my case if the problem persist with this thread solution applied.

Thx for sharing this post Smile
The root cause has already been located:

Seems a bug or behavior change in Visual Studio 2022. Nexus v20.0 is not affected because release was build with Visual Studio 2019.

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