Using a laptop with a gaming console

7th March 2022
gaming laptops with consoles

Any gamer will tell you that games are best enjoyed on a TV screen, and the bigger the better! But that’s not always possible.

Not everyone has a TV these days, with many people instead streaming their favourite shows through a laptop, tablet, or another device. Other people share a screen with their family or household, meaning they can’t load up their games as often as they’d like. 

Whether you don’t have a TV, you share one and don’t want to clash with other users, or you want to take your games console when you travel, connecting it to your laptop could be the perfect solution.

gaming laptop with hdmi input

Can you use a laptop as a monitor for a gaming console?

If you want to connect your gaming console to a laptop, you’ll need a laptop with an HDMI input. Although the vast majority of laptops do have an HDMI port, they tend to be HDMI outputs.

Having an HDMI output means that the laptop can transmit images to an external monitor via the HDMI port, but images can’t be transmitted from an outside source (such as a games console) to the laptop screen. To do this, you’ll need an HDMI input.

However, if you don’t have an HDMI input, there are still ways to use your laptop as a monitor.

Can I use a laptop as a monitor for Xbox?

If your laptop has an HDMI port, it can be used as a monitor for your Xbox. But remember, it will need to be an HDMI input, not output.

If you have an HDMI input, you can connect your Xbox by following these steps:

1. Connect your laptop to the Xbox using the HDMI input

2. Go to your laptop’s display settings

xbox on laptop gaming

3. On your Xbox main menu, select System Settings and configure the screen and resolution settings to your preferences. 

Stream using the Xbox App

If your laptop does not have an HDMI input port, you can use the Xbox app to stream the game to your laptop or desktop instead.

To connect your Xbox to your laptop using the app, you’ll need to enable game streaming on the Xbox. You can do this by selecting the Settings menu and choosing Xbox Connections.

Then:

1. Open the app on your laptop

2. Select the Connection option from the menu

3. Once the app has searched for the available consoles on your network, choose the console you want to connect to

4. Wait for the app to establish a connection

5. Select Stream

6. Load up your game!

Can I use a laptop as a monitor for my PS5?

As with other types of gaming consoles, if you want to use your laptop as a monitor for your PS5, it will need an HDMI input port. The bad news is that very few laptops have one. The good news is, there are a number of other ways to connect your laptop to your PlayStation.

PS Remote Play App

gaming laptop with ps remote app

The easiest way to play PS5 games on your laptop screen is to stream them using the PS Remote Play App.

Simply download the app for Windows or Mac and log into your PSN account. The app will then automatically scan for PS5 consoles that are ready to stream on your laptop. Make sure you enable remote play on your console so the app can pick it up.

Streaming in this way does require a solid internet connection and you’ll probably experience a slight lag, but that shouldn’t ruin your enjoyment of the game.

Capture Card

This method involves connecting the games console to the laptop using a video capture card. This way can avoid the potential connection and lag issues that can come with using the PS Remote Play app.

Capture cards are often used by streamers and those who record their gameplay for platforms such as Twitch or YouTube. The cards work by broadcasting the video signal from the PlayStation onto the screen of the laptop or desktop.

However, these can be expensive to buy.

To connect the capture card to your laptop and PS5, simply follow the instructions that come with your chosen card.

Is it bad to use a laptop for gaming?

gaming laptop

It’s certainly not bad to use a laptop for gaming. However, it’s important to be aware that depending on your laptop’s hardware, it may be difficult to access the speed and storage space you need for smooth, continuous gameplay, particularly as games become larger and more demanding.

If you’re buying a laptop and want to use it for gaming, make sure you check the specification carefully and seek advice if you’re unsure.

If you’re looking for a laptop to use with your gaming console or for gaming, get in touch.