Gaming fans have gone crazy with the recent launch of Sony PlayStation V (PS5), but the truth is, we don’t think Sony will be able to make as great of a sale right now with the global recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So things are still hot with the PS4, and will continue to remain so for a while now. But what if you sit down to play Far Cry on your PS4, only to find that your television is no longer working? This is the type of unfortunate circumstances when gamers would turn to their laptop screens. This article contains all there is to know about how to use a laptop as a monitor for PS4. Continue reading to get started.
How to Use Laptop as Monitor for PS4
Yes, you can use your laptop’s HDMI port to plug in your PS4 and enjoy gaming on-the-go. There are a couple of things that you need to do in order to finally sit back and play your PS4 games through a laptop screen.
There are several ways of connecting PS4 to laptop screen with HDMI, however, We found the following to be the easiest in terms of PS4-Laptop connectivity:
- Through A Streaming Service or Remote Play
- Through Capture Card
There are a few simple and easy steps involved in each of these ways. So, let’s get right into them.
Connect PS4 to Laptop Through Remote Play
For those of you who don’t know, Remote Play is a streaming service offered by Sony itself. The purpose of this is to allow PC and Mac users to enjoy the PS4 gameplay on their preferred computer monitor devices. However, you do require a PS4 console in order to link it to your desktop.
In fact, following is a list of things you would need to set up Remote Play.
- A PC
- A PS4 console
- USB Cable
- A PS4 Account
Can I use my laptop as a monitor for my PS4? Well, yes you can!
How to play PS4 on laptop with HDMI? That’s exactly what we’re going to teach you below. It’ll take a few minutes at max.
Download Remote Play on your computer through this link.
Turn your console on and go to the Settings > PlayStation Network > Account Management. Enable ‘Active as Primary PS4’.
Update your console’s software to 3.50 through ‘System Software Update’.
Now go to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings, and enable it. You need to keep your console on (better put it in rest mode) in order to use Remote Play on your Mac or PC.
Go to Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode > Enable Turning on PS4 from Network.
Open the Remote Play you downloaded on your PC. Tap the Settings option and adjust the fps and resolution as per your screen’s specifications for optimum gameplay experience. The more powerful your desktop is, the higher you can keep your graphic settings.
Connect your PS4 controller to the desktop using the USB port. You can also connect it wirelessly by holding the PlayStation and Share buttons simultaneously on your controller. As soon as your controller’s LED starts flashing, connect it to your computer through the USB cable. It will take about 4 to 5 seconds for your controller to get paired. If it takes more time, redo step #7.
Now simply open your Remote Play app on the PC or MAC and log in using your console’s credentials. Make sure that the console is turned on, or otherwise you won’t be able to connect your PS4 and the PC.
Check out our article if your PS4 controller keeps disconnecting from PC.
PS4 To Laptop HDMI Through Capture Card
If there is a problem in connecting your PS4 console to the computer monitor using Remote Play, there is still hope – you can still play PS4 on laptop screen with HDMI using Capture Card. Here’s what you need to set this up:
Now let’s get down to business and set this thing up for you.
Plug-in and install the Video Capture Card (VCC) on your computer using a USB port. A high-quality VCC is recommended.
Use an S-Video connection cable to connect the Video Capture Card to your PS4 console. Attach the HDMI-out to the console and the HDMI-in to the VCC.
Turn the console on and run the Video Capture Card software on your computer. You will see your console appearing on the screen.
Voila! You can now play PS4 on laptop with HDMI using the Video Capture Card. It’s as simple as that.
So, if you were wondering how to use laptop as monitor for PS4, we’ve got you covered. We’ve discussed two simple ways you can do this. Each step involved in either of the processes hardly takes a couple of minutes so you won’t have to wait a long time before you could run, play, and enjoy your PS4 games on a desktop screen.
You can connect your PS4 with PC to laptop either through a Remote Play or via a Video Capture Card. Both methods are convenient, however, we recommend using the Remote Play as it is an official alternate gaming-streaming solution by Sony itself.
PS4 has always been a key source of entertainment for a gamer, but he current pandemic and its social distancing guidelines have made this console an even greater source of joy at home than it ever did before. In fact, since it is a safe way to interact, we encourage everyone to use these (of course in moderation) instead of being social.
Check our recommended PS4 gaming chairs.
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