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Gaming consoles like Xbox and Playstation are usually used with smart TVs, but some people like to connect their console to their laptop. It’s a portable way of enjoying video games and perfect for gamers who travel with their console.
This step-by-step guide explains how you can connect your Xbox One to your laptop via HDMI or wirelessly.
Hdmi Input vs. Hdmi Output
Xbox One is the output source, and it sends data to the input source. Make sure your laptop has HDMI input, some gaming laptops come with both HDMI Input and the output port, and most don’t. Without HDMI input, you will not be able to connect the console to your machine.
How to Know if Your Laptop Has an Hdmi Input or Output?
Usually, HDMI ports are labeled; you can check the ports manually. If your HDMI port is labeled “HDMI-in,” then it’s HDMI input; if it’s labeled only “HDMI,” then it’s output. Some are not labeled, so you need to check your laptop manual or contact the support team.
What to Do if Your Laptop Does Not Have an Hdmi Input?
Laptops with HDMI-in are pretty rare, so if you also have a laptop with only HDMI output, you can still connect your Xbox one using a USB HDMI game capture card or wirelessly; keep reading to find out how.
Connecting Your Xbox One Using Hdmi
This is for people who have a laptop with an HDMI-in port; if you want to connect your console using a USB HDMI game capture card, you can skip reading the steps below for now and jump to the next section.
What You Will Need
- An HDMI cable.
- Laptop With HDMI-in port.
Step 1: First, you need to connect the HDMI cable to your laptop or PC.
Step 2: Now connect the other side of the cable to the HDMI-in port of your Xbox One.
Step 3: Open the Xbox settings using the Xbox controller.
Step 4: In settings, look for “TV & OneGuide,” scroll down to “Audio & Video,” and click on it.
Step 5: In “Audio & Video,” open “HDMI,” and then your Xbox one will automatically detect your laptop. Once it detects your laptop, click on next.
Step 6: Once you are connected, open ”One guide” > Set up your cable or satellite box > Next > Skip >enter Xbox id.
Now you should be able to play Xbox one games on your laptop.
Connecting Your Xbox One With a USB Video Card
If your laptop does not have HDMI-in and you still want to connect your Xbox via HDMI cable, you have to use a USB HDMI game capture card. Remember that you might experience a slight input delay while gaming if you connect via a capture card.
What You Will Need
- HDMI cable.
- USB 3.0 cable.
- A USB HDMI game capture card.
Step 1: Connect the HDMI cable to your Xbox HDMI port and plug the other end of the cable into the capture card’s HDMI input port.
Step 2: Connect the other HDMI cable to the capture card’s output port and plug the other end of the cable into your laptop.
Step 3: Connect the USB cable to the capture card and plug the other end into the USB slot of your laptop.
Step 4: Download and set-up OBS software on your laptop.
OBS is a free software for streaming; you have to install it on your laptop and select the video capture card. It can be confusing if we explain how to set up OBS. Thus we recommend watching the video below. The video explains how you can create a new scene and add a source.
Connecting Your XBOX One to Your Laptop Without HDMI
You need a wifi or ethernet connection to connect your console wirelessly.
Step 1: Download and install the XBOX app on your laptop.
Step 2: Log in to your Xbox account and turn on your Xbox One.
Step 3: Click on “Connection” on the left vertical bar of icons; the option is above the gear icon.
Make sure your Xbox One and laptop are connected to the same network. After clicking on “Connection,” your console will be connected, and you will be able to record, stream, and play your favorite games on the laptop.
Are there any laptops that have HDMI-in?
Laptops with HDMI-in are rare, but there are some gaming laptops with HDMI-in, such as Alienware 18 MX17, M18, and R4.
Can You Convert HDMI Output to Input?
No, you can’t. But as mentioned in this article, you can use a capture card to connect your Xbox to your laptop.
My Xbox one does not connect to my laptop?
If you can’t connect your Xbox to your laptop, try restarting both the devices or troubleshoot to find the problem.
How To Get HDMI Input On A Laptop, Bluecinetech