How To Use Laptop As Monitor For PS4 (With HDMI)

2020 saw Sony launching PS5 amid the pandemic which is why this upgraded version of the PS4 couldn’t make the intended impact in the gaming market. Therefore, things are still on the brighter side for the PS4.

In this article, we’ll talk about how to use your laptop as a monitor for ps4, a convenient and cost-effective video setup in case your television is not working. 

It’s pretty simple to convert your laptop into a monitor for an equally immersive gaming experience.

All you need is an HDMI cable that will work as a link between your PS and laptop along with a few more things. Though there are a couple of ways to connect PS4 to your laptop, we found the following methods to be the most convenient:

  • Connecting through the Video Capture Card
  • Connecting through Remote Play or a Streaming Service

Here is a step by step guide for you to smoothly create the setup using each method without wasting much time:

Method 1: Connecting PS4 and Laptop HDMI through the Capture Card

Those of you who are facing issues with connecting your PS4 console to a PC monitor using Remote Play, you can count on the Capture Card that will still let you play on a laptop screen with HDMI. 

Things You’ll Need:

  • You need a laptop
  • A Video Capture Card (VCC) will be Required
  • A Genuine Quality HDMI Cable with Dual-Function is Needed
  • A PS4 Console
  • You Need Computer and PS4 Console connected through Ethernet Cables to the router at your home or through a Wireless Internet Connection
  • You need the File Sharing Settings Enabled that you can do by opening the Network Settings on your PS4 Console

Once you have all these requirements fulfilled you need to follow the below-mentioned steps to establish a connection between your laptop and the PS4:

Step #1

Video Capture Card

You need to plug the Video Capture Card (VCC) into your computer and install it using the USB port. Make sure you get the best quality VCC, so you get optimum video quality while playing your favourite game. 

Step #2


Choose the best quality S-Video connection cable and connect the Video Capture Card (VCC) to your PS4. To set up, you need to connect your HDMI-out to the PS4 console and the HDMI-in to the Video Capture Card. 

Step #3

PS4 Console

When the HDMI is connected, you need to turn on the PS4 Console and run the VCC software on your laptop. Upon running the software, you will notice that the console is displayed on the screen. 

Your setup is now complete and both the laptop and PS4 are ready for those who didn’t know “how to use laptop as monitor for PS4 HDMI”. 

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Method 2: Connecting the PS4 through Remote Play or a Streaming Service

All you gamers who are not aware of how to use your laptop as a monitor for PS4, Remote Play is the right kind of method that will help you create a convenient gaming video setup.

Sony itself offers the Remote Play streaming service to Mac and Windows PC users, so they can enjoy their gameplay with the PS4 using the preferred computer monitor device. 

Things You’ll Need:

  • A PC and a PS4 console are needed.
  • Smooth Internet Connectivity
  • A USB Cable
  • An Active PS4 Account

Once you have made sure that you have all this available with you, you need to follow the below-mentioned step by step guide to easily create the setup for an immersive gaming experience:

Step #1

PS Remote Play

Visit the page to download Remote Play on your laptop.

Step #2

Switch on the PS4 and go to the Settings > PlayStation > Network > Account Management. In the Account Management section, Enable the ‘Active as Primary PS4’.

Step #3

If you haven’t, you need to update your PS4’s software to the 3.50 version by using the ‘System Software Update’ option. 

Step #4

After the software is updated, go to the Settings Menu > Remote Play Connection Settings. You need to enable these settings and switch on your console or put it in rest mode so you can use Remote Play through your PC or Mac. 

Step #5

Now, visit:

Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode > Enable Turning on PS4 from Network.

Step #6

Now, open the Remote Play you previously have downloaded on your PC (laptop) or Mac. Open the Settings and make adjustments to the resolution and fps to suit your screen’s specifications. This will ensure optimum visual experience during gameplay. 

Step #7

With wasting any time, you need to establish a connection between the PS4 controller and the laptop through the USB port. Make sure the wire is properly connected to the port. Also, there is an option of wireless connectivity. Simply hold the Share and PlayStation buttons on the controller simultaneously.

The moment you see the LED flashing, connect it to the laptop through the USB cable. It’ll hardly take 4-5 seconds to pair the controller. In case it is taking too much time, repeat this step. 

Step #8

On your PC or Mac, open the Remote Play app and log into your PS4 account by entering the credentials. Make sure that your PS4 console is on in order to connect your PC or Mac.

Once this is done, you are now ready to begin playing your favourite games. 


Since PS4 has been a rage among every gamer ever since it was launched, things have become more favorable after the pandemic hit the world. With strict social distancing guidelines enforced all across the globe, it is safer for gamers to stay home and enjoy their favorite game rather than risking their and other’s lives by stepping out.

We encourage each gaming enthusiast to stay at home and enjoy online gaming through their PS4. However, you must hit the right balance in daily life and by not getting addicted to gaming.

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