To play PS4 on a laptop screen is a tricky thing to do. The gameplay to be displayed on a laptop screen requires your laptop to have a video input, which is not likely the case in most notebooks and this is a complicated thing to decode the right solution for this problem.
Just connect the HDMI cable to the laptop and considering it is ready to make headway screening your gameplay just like that.
It’s not that simple, the HDMI is only a unidirectional and not a two-way connection. And the HDMI port on PS4 is an output port, while on the laptop the HDMI port is also an output port. So connecting them won’t lead you anywhere. Thus, you won’t be able to get the desired results you are contemplating.
How To Play PS4 On Laptop Screen With HDMI?
Here I will give you two solutions to convert your laptop into a screen for PS4 gameplay.
Using Video Capture Card
There is a pretty easy method you can follow to use your laptop as a screen for gameplay with little effort but at an expense to your wallet.
The things you’d need to be able to perform this technique are:
- Video Capture Card
- Internet (WIFI or Ethernet)
- File sharing enabled
- HDMI cable
Step 1: To enable file sharing. Go to Settings in the PS4 menu. Then go to Network Settings, after that you’ll need to find Internet Connection Settings. Find your exact router and connect with it.
If in case you don’t have a wireless connection, you would have to configure the PS4 and the laptop to the same router with the help of Ethernet cables. Now you can stream between the two seamlessly.
Step 2: You need a Video Capture Card to be able to connect your PS4 to a laptop for gameplay easily. You can find the best capture card list here.
Step 3: Connect the Video Capture Card to the laptop via USB port. This will also constitute a combined as an S-video connection. Install the software that came with the Video Card for the card to function correctly.
Step 4: Now connect the PS4 console with the Video Capture Card. To connect the video card with the PS4, you would need an S-video connection cable. Connect the HDMI-IN on the capture card and HDMI-OUT on the PS4.
Step 5: Now open the application software that came with the capture card and power up your PS4. The software will search for the PS4 and display it on the laptop screen. Ensure the application is in full-screen mode to display the full resolution.
With these simple steps, you will be able to configure your laptop to stream gameplay from the PS4 with ease and speed.
Using Remote Play
Sony’s Remote Play gives you the control, where you can stream your PS4 gameplay on a Mac or a Windows laptop. This application will let you enjoy immersive PlayStation gaming as you’re connected remotely to your PS4 system. For Remote Play to work, you’ll need the following
For Remote Play to work, you’ll need the following
- PS4 system
- USB cable or DUALSHOCK 4 USB wireless adaptor
- An Account on PlayStation Network
- High-Speed Internet connection
Now you’ll need to follow these steps to set up the Remote Play on your system
Note: To set up your PS4 for Remote Play you need to have an LCD or a Screen at hand before you’d be able to stream it on your laptop. As you have to tweak some settings inside the PS4 system.
Step 1: Go to the Sony Remote Play app website and download the latest version app for your laptop either Windows or Mac. Through this app, you’ll be able to stream your gameplay onto the laptop screen. Run the installer to start the installation process.
Note: If you happen to have more than one PS4 at your house, you need to follow Step 2. Otherwise, skip this step and go straight to Step 3.
Step 2: Now you need to make PS4 ready for the connection.
- If you have more than one PS4 in your house, you would need to activate one of your PS4 as a primary console. To do that, turn on your PS4, now navigate to Settings, now go to PlayStation Network settings, then to the Account Management, where you need to find Activate as Primary PS4 and enable it.
- Also, you need to update your PS4 software to 3.50. If you don’t already have the update, you can go to Settings and then to System Software Update to manually download the latest update.
Step 3: Now you have to enable the Remote Play option in PS4 settings. For that you’ll have to go into Settings, then into Remote Play Connection Settings, check if the Remote Play is enabled. To allow you access to the games through your network, the PS4 should power on or the Rest mode activated.
Step 4: Activate Rest Mode. It is usually by default enabled, however, it is good to check. Go to the Settings, then to Power Save Settings, now Set Features Available in Rest Mode.
Confirm that the Enable Turning on PS4 from Network is ticked, if it isn’t you have to enable this feature to be able to stream your PS4 on your laptop.
Step 5: Now you have to switch to the Remote Play app on the laptop, after tweaking things up in the PS4 settings. On the left corner of the app, there’s a Settings option.
You need to set the settings like resolution, frames per second, etc. You can set the resolution to 1080p, but it’s usually set at 720p because for the higher resolution you’d need a high power laptop and also a PS4 Pro. While on the frame rate you can choose from standard to high frame rates. With high, you will get 60fps which is pretty dope but will eat up your network.
Step 6: Connecting DUALSHOCK 4 Controller. You can use a USB cable or DUALSHOCK 4 wireless USB adaptor to plug in the controller to your laptop.
To connect the wireless controller follow these steps:
- First, hold down Share and circular PlayStation buttons on your controller till the light bar starts flashing on the controller.
- Plug in the USB adapter into your laptop and hold it in a pushing position for at least 3-4 seconds. Your controller now paired.
Step 7: You’ll be able to see a Start option in your Remote Play app on the laptop. You’ll be prompted to log-in to your PlayStation Network when you click on that start button. The app will search for the first PS4 in the network and will take you to the PS4’s home screen.
This is the console being streamed on to your laptop. Interestingly you can also use your laptop’s mic and keyboard for chat and text typing.
Step 8: In case you want to power off the PS4. You have to press down the PlayStation button on DUALSHOCK 4 controller, then go to power settings and enter Rest Mode. This will sleep your PS4 and terminate the connection stream.