We all love watching movies and television shows right on our computers. It seems these days there are as many types of videos as there are programs and there are almost as many applications designed to play these videos. Many players will will play one video type but not another. This can be quite a pain to keep track of and requires you to have multiple players installed just to do the job. But, there are a few players out there that can play virtually all types of video and all of them will work on Windows 8. That is, the full version of Windows 8 and not the stripped down Windows RT version. So, today, I give you my top picks for the best video players for Windows 8.
1. VLC Media Player
This is probably the very best player out there across all operating system platforms. While it is not touch friendly, a project is underway to make one. This player supports all video formats and even contains a nice library so you can access your files easily. While not as difficult to use as Media Player Classic, it still contains a huge variety of settings that you can change for the perfect playback. But, you don’t have to touch them if you don’t want to. With VLC you can simple click on the file you want and it will play it. Once you have used this player you will understand why it has over a 100 million downloads to date.
2. Media Player Classic
I know what you’re thinking, but this is not the traditional Windows Media Player that comes with Windows 8. This is an open-source app designed to play pretty much any video type out there with ease. The interface is quite basic to look at and it won’t win any beauty contests but it gets the job done and is easy to use. The player is fast and it will handle any file type you throw at it. It offers a wide range of customization so you can get the perfect playback of any video if you like to tweak settings.
3. PressPlay Video
If you are looking for an app that will allow you to stay in the new interface of Windows 8 and that is completely touch friendly then PressPlay Video is the app for you. Unlike many of the players available on the Windows Store, PressPlay includes the support for MKV and FLV which really expands what you will be able to play. Unfortunately, if you stick with the free version of this app, you will have to put up with some ads. If you want this player to be add free it will cost you $4.99.
There are many other choices out there for video players but, in my opinion, these are the best. They are all quite easy to use and will play pretty much anything you throw at it. Unfortunately, there isn’t a stand out option available for free on the Windows Store as of yet, although there are plans to bring the VLC Media Player to the new Windows interface in the future. Once that project is complete, VLC will probably be the go to app for all your video needs on Windows. What video player do you like to use on Windows 8?