How to Play Games on PlayStation 4 Using Your Laptop as a Monitor

Although PlayStation 4 consoles were initially made to be connected to TVs, you can make plenty of tech gimmicks with those good old consoles. Sony released the PlayStation 5 console this month, but many old and new games will keep offering support for the previous PlayStation 4.

Since Sony won’t let go of PS4 too easily, spending time by finding out how to connect a laptop to it is totally worth it. Besides, it doesn’t require any PhD or fee. Of course, playing a high-end game like FIFA 21 or Sniper Elite 4 on a 4K or 8K TV cannot be compared to anything, but you never know when your gear collapses. You’ll automatically have to improvise, and pulling out your laptop is perhaps the only option.

Connect the laptop to PS4 through Remote Play

One of the methods for enjoying your favorite PS4 games on a laptop is by using Remote Play, which is the special streaming service from Sony for these kinds of purposes. For setting up Remote Play, you’ll also need a USB cable and a PS4 account. Then you’ll need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the Remote Play service.
  2. From your console’s menu, head for Settings -> PlayStation Network -> Account Management -> and enable the ‘Active as Primary PS4’.
  3. Update your console’s software to 3.50 by using the ‘System Software Update’.
  4. Go to Settings -> Remote Play Connection Settings, and enable the option. You’ll also have to keep the console on.
  5. Select Settings -> Power Save Settings -> Set Features Available in Rest Mode -> Enable Turning on PS4 from Network.
  6. Open the Remote Play service from your PC, and go to Settings.
  7. Adjust the resolution and fps to match your screen’s specifications.
  8. Connect the PS4 controller to the computer using a USB port. You can also connect the controller wirelessly by simply holding the PlayStation and Share buttons at the same time. When your controller’s LED starts flashing, you can connect it to your computer through the USB cable.
  9. Open the Remote Play app from the PC and login with your console’s credentials. You also have to make sure that the console is on.

Connect the laptop to PS4 through a capture card

If you hate Remote Play by any chance and you’re willing to spend some money, you can try out the video capture card method for connecting the laptop to PS4. You’ll need an HDMI cable, file sharing compatibility, and of course: the capture card itself. Then, you’ll have to follow these steps:

  1. Open the PS4 menu and turn on the file-sharing option from beneath the settings tab. Once you find the network settings option through the network option, you’ll have access to your internet connection.
  2. You can easily start the streaming between the two gears as soon as you’ve established the connection. Now you can attach the capture card to the laptop using a USB port.
  3. Follow the installation suite of the capture card, as you’ll see all the needed explanations there.
  4. Grab an s-video connection from the retail store and then you can connect the card to the PS4 console. You’ll have to look out for the HDMI-In link with the capture card. The HDMI-Out will link to the PS4 console.
  5. Run the software and turn on the console. The software will detect the console and project the content from it on your laptop. Congratulations!

One of the arguments that PlayStation 4 will remain a reliable choice for gamers is that the futuristic open-world game Cyberpunk 2077 will be running on the console as well as on other platforms. The title releases on mid-December, and it will be among the blockbuster games of 2020.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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