How to Connect and Play PS4 on Laptop with HDMI Cable?

I bought a PS4 a week ago, but I was sad because I don’t have a screen to play PS4 games on. Then suddenly I got an idea: What if I can play PS4 on my laptop?

Then I did a lot of research on it, and finally, I connected my PS4 to the laptop with the help of HDMI and it is working very smoothly.

So in this article, I will share my personal step-by-step method which I used to run PS4 on a laptop, and will also share some tips so that you do not face any problem in playing PS4 games on a laptop. So let’s start!

Can I Use My Laptop as a Monitor for My PS4 using HDMI?

As I told you in the introduction, I connected my PS4 to my laptop and played games smoothly. So Yes, You can also connect your PlayStation 4 to your Laptop with HDMI.

Equipment Required To Play PS4 On Laptop With HDMI

To run PS4 on a laptop, you will need the following equipment:

  1. PlayStation 4
  2.  An HDMI cable
  3.  Video Capture Card (If don’t have HDMI cable)
  4.  Laptop

How To Play PS4 On Laptop With HDMI? (Step By Step)

How To Play PS4 On Laptop With HDMI

Here is the step-by-step process that I used personally:

Step 1: Connect the HDMI Cable

Take an HDMI cable and plug one end into your PlayStation 4 and the other end into your laptop’s HDMI port.

Step 2: Turn On Both

Now turn on your laptop and PlayStation 4.

Step 3: Configure your Laptop Settings

To receive the output of PS4, you will have to configure the settings on your laptop. As I have a Windows Laptop, here is the process to configure settings on it:

1. Right-click on the desktop main screen

2. Click on Display settings

3. Look for the option to detect additional displays.

4. Now your Laptop will detect the PS4‘s output and display it on the screen.

Step 4: Adjust Display and Audio Settings

To boost your gaming experience, you will have to adjust your display and audio settings.

If you do not know how to adjust Display and Audio Settings properly, then you can do it by watching a tutorial video on YouTube or going to PlayStation‘s official website.

Step 5: Play PS4 on the Laptop Screen

After following all these steps, you can play your favorite PS4 games on your laptop.

If you don’t have an HDMI cable and you want to run PS4 on a laptop without it, then below is the step-by-step process for you.

How to Use a Laptop as a Monitor for PS4 Without HDMI?

How to Use a Laptop as a Monitor

If you don’t have an HDMI cable, you can use a capture card to run PS4 on a laptop. Here’s how to do it:

First, Insert the video capture card into your laptop with USB.

Then Connect the video capture card to your PS4 console with an S-Video cable. You have to attach the HDMI-in to the video capture card and the HDMI-out point to the PS4 Console.

If you are facing any issues playing PS4 games on your laptop then keep reading below:

Why is my laptop not displaying through HDMI? (Troubleshoot)

If your games are not running even after connecting your PS4 to your laptop or there are some other issues, then here are some troubleshooting tips for you:

Check Cable Connection

Before teasing the setup, ensure that the HDMI cable is properly connected to the laptop and PS4 or not.

If everything is connected correctly, then follow the below steps:

Restart Both Devices

To restart your PS4 console, use the full power down option in the power menu instead of the rest mode.

And do a full shutdown and power on your Laptop, not just a restart. This clears the RAM and resets all processes.

Restarting the laptop and PS4 will clear out any software bugs, glitches, or memory issues and give both a fresh start.

Check Laptop’s Settings

Go to the Display Options on your laptop and make sure the external display output is enabled and connected.

If it’s not connected, then follow the steps mentioned above in the article!

Update Your Laptop’s Drivers

Sometimes, HDMI does not work due to outdated drivers. So update your laptop’s graphics driver and external display drivers from the laptop’s manufacturer’s website.

Use a Different HDMI Port

If your laptop has more than one HDMI port, then plug in the HDMI cable to another slot. Maybe your 1st HDMI port is not working.

Use Different HDMI Cable

If your PS4 is still not working on your laptop, then remove your current HDMI cable and try using a different HDMI cable.

After trying all these fixes, your PS4 will work with the laptop.

If you want to Play NCAA Football on The PlayStation 4, then I also have covered it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play PS4 games on any laptop screen?

Of course, you can play PS4 games on any brand of laptop. Whose complete step-by-step process I have told in the above article.

Will PS4 Games Run Smoothly On My Laptop?

If you have a high-end laptop and meet the system requirements for remote play, then your PS4 games will run smoothly on your laptop. CPU, GPU, and RAM can also impact your performance.

Can I use a wireless connection to play PS4 games on my laptop?

Yes, you can use the PS Remote Play app to stream PS4 games to your laptop wirelessly. I also have tried this, it works fine for me. But the game performance matters on your internet speed.

Can I connect multiple laptops to a single PS4?

No, you can only connect a single laptop to the PS4 at a time.


In conclusion, it’s very easy to play your favorite PS4 games with your laptop, even if you don’t have a display screen.

I have covered the necessary equipment, step-by-step processes to connect a PS4 to a Laptop with and without HDMI, Troubleshooting tips, and everything about connecting a PS4 to the laptop.

If you still have any confusion or queries about this article, comment below! I will be getting in touch with you soon…

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