A monitor can be referred to as a video display unit or alternatively, an electronic visual computer display that comes with a screen. Its work is to display information that is generated by the computer’s video card. Monitors look just like a television, but the difference is that the resolution with which it displays information is higher than that of a television. To connect a monitor, no matter the type, you will definitely need to do that through an HDMI, USB, VGA, or a DVI port. A monitor is an output device, your laptop also functions as an output device. So you see a few of the reasons why you can be able to use your Laptop As A Monitor For Xbox or Playstation.
How To Use My Laptop As A Monitor For Xbox
Xbox is best enjoyed when played on a high definition screen, unfortunately, most Xbox users don’t have a high definition tv screen, it’s obvious that this type of tv doesn’t come cheap. The good news is that you can use your laptop as a monitor, provided it has an HDMI input port. This option will give you a high definition view just like you would have on a tv screen.
There are a few other ways to do this, but we will show you one of the easiest ways to do it. Also, there are rules to this. First, you must make sure that both your Xbox and your laptop (preferably Windows 10) are all connected to the same network. And you don’t need a disc, what you need is a digital copy of the game. Your console must be at a very close range with your laptop. Now follow this process:
Step 1. Switch On your Xbox One
Step 2. On the main menu, navigate to Settings, then Preferences, and check “Allow game streaming to other devices”.
Step 3. Start the Xbox app on your laptop
Step 4. Navigate to the menu bar on the left and select the Connect icon. You will notice your Xbox One console will appear on the list of available options to connect to.
Step 5. Now, select your Xbox to connect to it.
Step 6. Lastly, your Xbox One controller needs to be connected to your laptop as well. And you can connect it by plugging it to your laptop’s USB port.
How To Use My Laptop As A Monitor For PS4
It is not just to connect a cable from your PlayStation to your laptop. There is a little bit of technicality around it. As a matter of fact, you can’t do a direct connection from the Play station to the laptop because most HDMI port does not support input and output. Actually, most of the lastest computer ports are only for output, likewise that of PS4. That means transmitting video or any other files from an external source, such as the Playstation is an impossible task.
The good news is that there is a way out. You can use your laptop as a monitor for PlayStation by using Video Capture Card, though this will cost you some money, it’s worth it. Aside from the Video Capture Card and your laptop, you will also need an HDMI cable, Internet connection, file-sharing ability enabled. When you have all these available, then follow the process below:
Step 1. Activate file-sharing. Navigate to Settings on Playstation menu, scroll to Network Settings and locate internet Connection Settings. Look for your router and connect to it.
Step 2. For optimal performance, you will need to install the Video Capture Card’s software (this usually comes with the Video Capture Card).
Step 3. Connect the Video Capture Card to the USB port on your laptop. The Video Capture Card connects your PS4 to a laptop. You will need an S-video connection cable to do this connection. Plug the HDMI-INPUT on the capture card and the HDMI-OUTPUT on the Playstation.
Step 4. Open the Video Capture Card software and switch on the PS4. It is the duty of the Video Capture Card software to search for the PS4 and display it on the laptop screen.
And that is it. You can now enjoy your game everywhere you go on your laptop.
How can I use my laptop as a TV?
You might want to use your laptop to view TV programs. This will help you to enjoy a high definition view without necessarily buying a high definition TV. You might end up enjoying that your old TV once again. Let’s show you how to do it.
First, you need to get an HDMI cable. Check the ports around your laptop, you will see the HDMI port, every laptop has it, except it is a very old laptop. Also, you will see the HDMI ports on your TV (usually red-colored). Then connect the HDMI cable from the port at the back of your TV set into your laptops HDMI output port, and that is it. You can start enjoying your old TV once again.