How to Use Laptop Screen for PS4 Gaming

If you love playing games, you will easily fall in love with the features that come with the PS4 gaming console.

Right now, PS4 is popularly accepted by gamers all over the world, and it is considered to be one of the best consoles for the ultimate gaming experience.

You can spend a lot of hours playing games on it without getting bored, with more than a hundred games that you can choose from.

Whether you are a fan of strategic games, action games, or you love adventures, the PS4 will cover it for you.

However, there are times when you will not be able to use your TV screen to play your favorite game due to different reasons. It can be because a family member is watching a TV show or maybe your TV is faulty.

In a situation like this, you might be interested in knowing how you can use your laptop as a monitor for PS4 gaming.

The purpose of this article is to show you how you can easily use your laptop as monitor so that you won’t have to wait for your turn with the TV anymore.

How to use Laptop as Monitor for Sony PS4

Using your laptop screen to serve as a monitor for your Sony PS4 gaming can be quite complex. And it will take more than just connecting an HDMI cable from the gaming console to your laptop.

But you do not need to be discouraged; it is complicated but possible to achieve.  Connecting your laptop to your monitor will require a few steps before it can be done successfully.

The first thing you will need to check is to be sure that your laptop works with video input to play PS4 games.

This feature hardly comes with most laptops, so if you are planning to buy a laptop that you will be able to use for PS4 games, ensure that you check out this option.

This is because it is impossible to connect your notebook to a PS4 console via a cable and start playing games. Your HDMI cable connection only works one way.

This is because the HDMI port on your laptop is the same as the port on your PS4 console; they are both video output ports. And, just like I mentioned earlier, you will need a video input port.

However, there are two effective options that you can use. Once you follow these options, you will be able to set up your laptop screen as a monitor for your games.

Using Capture Card to Setup Laptop as Monitor for PS4

The first option is by using video cards to connect the PS4 console to the laptop.  This option is quite simple, and you should be able to do it easily, although you will need to spend some money to get all the pieces of equipment that you will need for the connection.

Once you have your laptop and your PS4 console, you will need a video capture card, an internet connection to Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and an HDMI cable.

Step 1

The first thing you will need to do is to switch on the file-sharing feature of your PS4 console.

Locate the Settings tab on your PS4 menu. Then navigate to network settings option using the network option, you will be able to see your internet connection.

However, if you do not have a wireless connection, you can get a Wi-Fi router and use the PS4 settings and your laptop. 

Step 2

Once the connection is successful, you can now create the streaming feature between your PS4 and your laptop. You can do this by connecting the video capture card to the laptop using the USB port.

Your video capture card comes with an inbuilt installing setup, and you will be able to install it in a few minutes.

Step 3

The next that you will need to get is an s-video connection; this is readily available at any retail store. Once you have it, you will use it to connect the video card to the PS4 console.

All you need to do is locate the ‘HDMI-In link’ that comes with the capture card, and the HDMI-out will be attached to the PS4 console.

Step 4

Once you have connected the video capture card to the PS4 console, you will need to run the program and switch on your PS4 console.

The inbuilt program will automatically locate the PS4 console and will display it on your laptop screen.

 And that’s all! You can now enjoy your favorite games for as many hours as you want. 

How To Use Laptop As Monitor For PS4 With HDMI

There is a feature that comes with your PS4 console, which is known as Sony Remote Play.

You can easily use this feature to play PS4 games on your laptop. This program ensures that you can enjoy your PS4 games remotely on any laptop.

Just like the first option, you will need your PS4 console, your laptop, and a USB cable to achieve this.

Alternatively, you can get a Dualshock 4 USB wireless adaptor, and you must have an account on the PlayStation network. Also, you must be sure that you have a high-speed internet connection. 

Before you start this setup, you will need to have an LCD screen before you can have the display on your laptop.

Step 1

The first step is to download the latest version of the Remote Play app that is compatible with your computer.

You can do this by visiting the Sony website. The app comes with an inbuilt installer, which makes it quite easy to install.

Step 2

Once the installation is successful, switch on your PS4 console and navigate to Settings to activate the Remote Play Connection.

Once you have done that, you will be given access to games by activating your PS4 or leaving it on Rest Mode.

If you are not certain that your PS4 has automatically activated the Rest Mode option, you can check it out by locating the Power Save settings and activate the Rest Mode manually.

Step 3

The next step is to activate the “Enable Turning On” option to be able to run your PS4 console from the network.

Then, on your laptop, you will need to activate the Remote Application and locate the app’s settings option. When you see this option, you will be able to pick a screen resolution that you want.

You can then use your USB cable to connect the controller with the laptop.

Step 4

After connecting the controller, push it for a few seconds, and the start icon will appear on the Remote Play app, then tap on the start icon, and the app will come up with the Play Station login screen on the network.

Then the app will automatically choose your PS4 in the system. And you can play your favorite games using the screen of your computer.


These are the two options that you can use, and they are not really difficult. Besides, there are a lot of practical videos on the internet to understand the settings more precisely.