How To Connect PS4 to Laptop With HDMI | 3 Methods Explained [2023]

Generally, we prefer playing PlayStation on our TV or Monitor. But what if they are out of the range at that instance? How will you play then?

Well, in such a situation most of us think that what is the big issue we have our laptop with us. We can play it over there. Initially, we think it was the right action to take and we connected one end of the HDMI cable with the laptop and the other with the ps4. Later on, when it doesn’t work we wonder what’s the issue? Are you too going through the same problem?

The problem is you cannot connect the HDMI cable directly to your laptop as the HDMI cable is unidirectional by nature. It does not support a 2-way signal. It can only send either input or output at one particular

time, not more than that. The laptop has the OUTPUT port and even the ps4 also has the OUTPUT port. That’s why when you connect it with the HDMI port of a laptop with a PS4 it is not able to receive. Now, what could be the solution?

Well, there are many ways through which we can establish a connection between these two by using some other sources. Let us have a brief study of them.

How to connect PS4 to laptop With HDMI?

There are 3 methods explained here. Go through a certain set of instructions and there you go. Let us have a glance over the 3 methods that will help you in the journey.

1. Video Capture Card

Using a video Capture card can surely solve your problem. Just follow a couple of steps carefully to set the connection perfectly. Video capture cards, no doubt, will make your game journey amazing but holding on to

it can bring a load to your pocket. Apart from that, it is a great option to go with.

System Requirements

First, make sure that you have the listed stuff if yes then proceed.

  • A laptop
  • Video Capture Card.
  • Good Strength Internet.
  • File Sharing Enabled.
  • The HDMI cable.

If you have them all then follow the steps to connect them.

Step 1: Enable File Sharing.

To do that, you have to check all the connections first. For that open the setting from ps4 and proceed to Network settings. Check whether your device is connected or not by opening the Internet Connection Setting.

Note: Do not worry if you do not have wireless connectivity. You can make use of Ethernet cables to fulfill the purpose.

Step 2: Connect Video Capture Card.

It’s time to set the connection between the ps4 and the laptop. But before you proceed make sure that you have installed the application

that came along with the card. Now connect the laptop and card through a USB port or you can also use S- a video connection.

Step 3: Connect HDMI-IN & OUT with a Video capture card

You have to now connect the ps4 console with the card and to do that you will require an S- video connection cable. The next task is to attach the HDMI-IN and HDMI-OUT with video capture cards and ps4 respectively.

Step 4: Open the Software

The last step in this is to open the software that came along with the card. Now, power up the PlayStation 4. The software will automatically display accordingly. Make sure that you enable it in full-screen to achieve complete resolution.

2. Remote Play

Most people face the problem of unavailable resources for playing ps4 but now Sony has considered your problem and is out with a

mind-blowing solution to make their customers happy again with the launch of Remote play. So, call your friends out there because it’s showtime.

System Requirements

Before you move further in the game you have to look for some possibilities before establishing the connection with the laptop. So let us understand what are the notes that you need to take care of?

  • Use Windows 8.1 or 10(both 32-bit and 64-bit are allowed)
    • Higher processor starting from Intel Core i5-560M 2.67 GHz.
    • At least 2GB RAM.
  • At least have 100MB storage space available.
  • USB Port
  • The resolution must be 1024 * 768
  • Sound Card.

Step 1: Download Application

The very first step of this is to download the application. You can either direct to Sony’s Official page to find the link out there or you can also Google it. Find the latest version according to your device. Select among Windows or Mac to start downloading.

Step 2: Set up the installation process.

After downloading, complete the installation process. It will take only a few minutes.

Step 3: Turn on the Remote play option.

You have to be sure that the remote play option has been enabled or not. To do that go to the settings and from there select the remote play connection setting and then check it again.

Step 3: Power on PS4

Turn on the rest mode however, it is by default settings. Activate the power saver from the settings. Do check once that it is enabled or not.

Step 4: Make changes in the settings

It’s time to set the settings according to your preferences. For instance, the resolution of the screen, the volume of the game, the time duration. Change the by-default settings if you feel the need.

Step 5: DUALSHOCK 4 controller

You can use a wireless controller called DUALSHOCK 4 for your laptop.

Step 6: Find the network

Now Go to the Remote Play application. You will find the Start option. Click on that. It will ask you to sign up or log in to the application.

Complete the login process and it will take you to the main page of the application. You can now play the games that you were looking for.

How to power off?

In case if you want to shut down your PlayStation then press the PlayStation button available on DUALSHOCK 4 controller. Now click on the “rest button” from the settings.

3. Recording Gameplay on PS4 without a capture card.

This is an additional method so if you the above methods are expensive for you. So you can try this one out. Just follow the following steps to use your laptop.

Step 1: Press the share button

From the remote, you will find a share button and press it twice. A menu will be displayed on the screen.

Step 2: Select Share and Broadcast

You will notice a list of various features where you can set the settings accordingly. Like you can select the time duration as well as the resolution and many more.

Step 3: Go to Audio Sharing

If you want to use your voice in the gameplay then inset your headphones in your remote. Now select the option of ”Include Microphone Audio in video Clips”.

Step 4: Adjust the volume

This is an additional method. So, if you want your voice to be clear when you are recording the game then you have to adjust the volume. For that

go to settings and select the option of adjusting headset volume. From there you can select the voice accordingly.

Step5: Start the game

Click on the share button twice to start recording the gameplay and if you want to end it then again click on it twice. It will end the recording.


Mostly the above two methods are used more. However, the third one is the additional methods so that in case you are looking for a cheaper solution. So now you can play games on your laptop by connecting with ps4. These are the simple and easy hacks that you can follow.

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