When you want to play video games but someone else in your house is using the television to watch one of their favorite shows, it may be really aggravating. After reading this, you’re probably curious about whether or not you can use your laptop as a substitute screen.

Using Your Laptop As A Monitor

Unfortunately, connecting your laptop to your PS4 as a monitor is more complicated than simply plugging in an HDMI wire. For the reason that HDMI output is used by both laptops and PS4s, although neither is built to accept HDMI input.

Although it is not possible to use your laptop as a display, the good news is that it is still conceivable; however, it is a little more complicated than you might imagine.

There are a variety of ways to connect your PS4 to your laptop, but the two most straightforward are to use a capture card or a streaming service/Remote Play to connect.

Connecting Your Laptop And PS4 Through A Video Capture Card 

With a video capture card, you may view content from your console on another device while simultaneously recording the stuff you see on your console. There are some reasonably priced devices available, and you can purchase them online at Amazon.com. When streaming or recording console games, the majority of people use a video capture card to accomplish their goals.

Because of the input delay, they aren’t the best for straight gaming, but if you’re okay with screen recording your games, they should be acceptable for that as well!

You will need

  • Laptop
  • PS4 Console
  • HDMI cable
  • Video Capture Card
  • S-Video Connection cable

 1: Connect your video capture card to your laptop through the USB port and run the installation suite to install the programme.

 2: Connection of the video capture card to the PS4 console is accomplished through the use of an S-Video connection cable, which can be purchased online. In order to proceed, connect both the HDMI-out and HDMI-in to the PS4 and the video capture card, respectively.

3. After connecting your PS4 to your laptop, start the console and launch the video capture card programme on your computer. You should now be able to view the console’s display on your computer screen, and you’re ready to begin playing.

Connecting Your Laptop And PS4 With Remote Play 

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Remote Play,” it refers to a streaming service provided by Sony.

PC and Mac gamers can enjoy PlayStation 4 action on their computer monitors, but Remote Play can also be used on laptops and other portable devices.

For Remote Play You Will Need

  • Laptop
  • PS4 Console
  • PS4 Account
  • Internet
  • USB Cable

1:  we’ll have a look at what to do.
On your laptop, go to the Sony website and download the most recent version of the Remote Play application. Make sure you choose the programme version that is compatible with your operating system, whether it is Windows or a Mac computer.

2: Switch on your PS4 and navigate to the console settings once the software has been installed. The following procedure should allow you to allow a Remote Play connection from that point forward:

Configuration > Remote Play Connections Configuration > Enable

In order to use Remote Play, you must keep your console powered on, however it is better to leave it in rest mode to conserve battery. You can do so by visiting to the following website:

Settings > Power Saving Preferences > Select Features Available in Rest Mode from the drop-down menu. Enable the ability to turn on the PS4 from the network.

3: Once you’ve installed Remote Play on your PC, go to the Settings menu and adjust the frame rate and resolution to match the specifications of your screen for the best possible gameplay experience – the more powerful your laptop, the higher the graphic settings you can use for the best possible gameplay experience.

4: Connect your PS4 controller to your laptop using the USB connector on the back of the controller. You may also connect it wirelessly by pressing and holding the PlayStation and Share buttons on your controller at the same time.

Connect your controller to your laptop using the USB controller after the LED lights on the controller begin to flash. It will take around four to five seconds to pair – you may need to repeat the process.

5: Using your PlayStation Network account details, log in to your Remote Play app on the laptop. Make sure your PS4 is turned on (even if it is in rest mode) otherwise you will not be able to connect the console to the laptop.

You should now be able to use your laptop to play your PS4 games without any issues.

Using PS Now To Play PS4 Games

PS Now is a cloud gaming service developed by Sony that allows you to play PlayStation 4 games over the internet from a laptop or a desktop computer, without the need for a real PlayStation 4. It is powered by the PlayStation Network, and all of the media is sent directly to you.

The quality of your video will be determined by the speed of your internet connection, and if it is not very fast, you will notice a lag along with input delay.

The best part of PS Now is that you don’t need a physical PlayStation 4 – or any other console – in order to utilize it. The negative aspect is that it might be somewhat pricey because you’ll have to purchase the games, which isn’t ideal if you already have them on your console.

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