Can You Use Your Laptop as a PS4 Monitor? Explained with Steps

All the TV screens in the house are occupied, and you don’t want to miss your gaming session. You can utilize your laptop screen as a PS4 monitor. Want to know how?

You cannot connect laptop and PS4 directly; however, you can still use your laptop as a PS4 monitor. The first thought that you might get must be using an HDMI cable to link these two. Sadly, this cable is not enough because laptops and ps4 consoles both support HDMI-out, neither of them uses HDMI-in.

Use Your Laptop as a PS4 Monitor

Practically, if you try to link two HDMI output devices such as a laptop and ps4 via HDMI, you risk damaging your hardware.

There are two standard methods by which you can use your laptop to play PS4 games.

  1. Using a Video Capture Card
  2. Using Remote Play

In this article, we have discussed both these methods.

1. Video Capture Card

Video capture cards

Video capture cards are compact devices that enable you to see or record stuff on your console on another device, i.e., computer, laptops etc. Basically, these devices are designed to stream or record console games through a laptop; they are not meant for direct gaming because of a significant input delay. However, a high-quality VCC can convert your laptop into a monitor for a PS4.

Using a video capture card is simple and not time-consuming at all. The major downside of this method is you have to purchase video capture cards separately, which can, in some cases, might disturb your budget.

You can follow our step-by-step guide to link PS4 with your laptop easily. But before you start, you must grab the following items:

  • A dual-function HDMI cable
  • A wireless internet connection, otherwise, Ethernet cables
  • A high-efficiency laptop compatible with handling the load
  • Any PlayStation 4 model with File Sharing option enable
  • And a video capture card (VCC)

Step 1: Internet connection

The PS4 must be online because the file-sharing option works with the internet. It’s good if you are using a wireless internet connection; otherwise, make sure that both devices are connected to the router with ethernet cables.

Step 2: Video capture card setup

Attach a video capture card with your laptop via a USB port and install the software. Use high-quality VCC from a reputable source to avoid lagging. Now, connect the video capture card with your PS4 console through a cable called S-connection cable. You can easily get this cable from a local computer store. After this, attach the HDMI-in to the video capture card and HDMI-out to your PS4 Console.

Step 3: Run VCC software

Now, run the video capture card software on the laptop, and you will see PS4 on your laptop screen. Adjust the settings according to your comfort to get the best experience.

2. Remote Play

Remote play
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Remote play will be the first choice of any gamer who is looking to use his laptop as a PS4 monitor. It is an official streaming service of Sony PS4, which enables PS4 to transmit its video and audio output to other devices like laptops or PC. This method is more preferable because you don’t need any third-party device or application.

Before we get to the procedure, let’s take a look at what you will need the following things to connect PS4 with your laptop properly:

  • A stable internet connection
  • An updated PS4 console
  • A high-efficiency laptop compatible with handling the load
  • A USB cables
  • A PlayStation network account

Step 1: System Update

Make sure that your PS4 is running on the 3.5 or above version. If not, update your software for optimal performance.

Step 2: Install Remote play

Download and install the Remote Play app on your laptop. Now, turn on PS4, go into settings and enable remote play. But make sure to keep your PS4 console ON, it is better to put it in rest mode for using a remote play on your laptop.

Step 3: Adjust the settings

Afterwards, open the remote play app you earlier installed and open its settings. Adjust the resolution and FPS based on the specifications of your screen for an ideal gaming experience. You can set the graphic setting according to the specification and capabilities of your laptop.

Step 4: Connect the Controller

Now, connect the PS4 controller with your laptop. To do this, press and hold, share and PlayStation buttons on your controller simultaneously. Hold the buttons for 5 to 7 seconds and wait until the controller blinks. Once the controller blinks, attach it to the laptop using a USB cable.

Step 5: Run the remote play app

Run the remote play app on your laptop and log in using PS4 console credentials. Make sure your PS4 is turned on, or it will not connect. Now you are all set to enjoy PS4 games on your laptop.


The article sums up two ways through which you can enjoy PS4 games on your laptop. They might be a bit complicated, but we assure you that they will work. Happy gaming.

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