How To Play Xbox On Laptop

How To Play Xbox On Laptop

Are you wondering how to play xbox on laptop? The process is very simple and easier to connect than other consoles. In this article I will teach you how to play your xbox on a laptop easily.

Here is how to do it:

Turn on your xbox > open windows start menu and open the xbox app > open connections in the xbox app > select your xbox one from the list > press on stream

how to play xbox on laptop

There is a way that you can play your Xbox on your laptop via the Xbox app. You can only do this if you have your xbox turned on.

You can take your laptop anywhere in your house after connecting your laptop to xbox via streaming. Make sure you have a good connection to your xbox and you are set.

Here is what you have to do:

  • Turn on your xbox and connect your controller.
  • Open windows start menu and find the Xbox app, then open it.
  • In the bottom left corner there is a connections button above settings, click it.
  • Add a device, click on your xbox one and press connect.
  • It should say now playing. On the right hand side click on stream then press continue if prompted to connect a controller.
  • Now your xbox screen will be on your laptop.

It’s as simple as that, all you need to do is to use the xbox app on Windows and it’s very simple. You play any games you want on your laptop via your xbox and play it anywhere in the house as long as the connection is stable.

This is good because you don’t have to use the TV all the time, you can just play your xbox in your room if your xbox is somewhere else in the house, you just have to make sure the xbox is on.

How To Play Xbox on Laptop With HDMI

You can use a HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your console, but this isn’t the easiest method. It only works if your laptop has a HDMI input port, most of them just have an output port.

HDMI output sends the signal out and HDMI input takes the signal in, you can’t switch the signal route. So you are going to need a game capture card which has an input port if your laptop doesn’t.

Laptops aren’t built to be a secondary monitor, so they often just have outport ports like TVs. Alienware laptops are known to have both ports though.

Here is what you would do to connect via HDMI

  • Turn off your Xbox
  • Connect the HDMI cable to your xbox and into your laptop
  • Plug the HDMI cable into the xbox one outport port and the laptop input port.
  • Turn on the Xbox
  • Switch the display on the laptop until you display what is on the xbox
  • Change any settings you need to match that of your laptop’s display.

If you don’t have an input port on your laptop then you need a game capture card.

How To Connect Xbox To Laptop With Capture Card

Capture cards are beneficial since they are simple to attach to your laptop and include an HDMI input and output connector, allowing for a quick connection via an HDMI cable.

  • First you need to connect your video capture card to your laptop via a USB and install the drivers necessary to make the capture card work.
  • Use a HDMI to HDMI cable to connect your video capture card. Connect one end into the HDMI input port on the capture card and the other to the HDMI output port on the PS4.
  • Then connect the video capture card to your laptop via USB.
  • Run any software that comes with the capture card to get it working. It will scan and detect your PS4 and connect it.

Since capture cards are not particularly smooth to use, you need alter the resolution settings and other settings, such as frames per second, to achieve the greatest performance.

Capture cards’ drawbacks include their high cost and significant input latency when in use. When gaming, low-cost video cards will provide awful quality.

Most capture cards cap at 1080p.

How To Connect Xbox To Laptop Wirelessly

If you do not have a game capture card, a HDMI cable or the correct HDMI input ports on your laptop, this method should be your go to.

Connecting via wifi is pretty easy. You just have to make sure the Xbox is on the same wifi network as your laptop for this method to work.

Use the same connection on your laptop and your modem for the best results. There is a sharing tab on your laptop which you can use to adjust settings and allow other users to connect through the Wifi.

This works on WIndows 10, you will need the Xbox App and Direct X 1 to get started which are usually installed by default but can be found on the Windows store if they are missing.

To connect wirelessly do the following:

  • Open the Xbox app in the windows start menu
  • Select the connections button from the menu
  • Click on your xbox from the list
  • Press stream

Benefits To Streaming Your Xbox

There are many reasons people use their laptop instead of their TV to stream their xbox games. One main reason is if you have a family and most of them use the TV, then you don’t have to share just to use your Xbox.

Another reason is that people aren’t allowed to play their xbox all the time because of their parent’s rules. This way you can just turn on the xbox and play it secretly on your laptop in your room.

Another reason is that some people don’t have TVs or their TV is broken. Instead you can just use a smaller laptop display the same way you would use a TV.

TV’s also cost a lot, so you might not want to spend the money on a big flat screen TV when you can just use a monitor if that is good enough for you.

It’s also great to lie in bed and play on your xbox via your laptop. Not everyone has a bedside TV in their room that they can use for their xbox.

With the xbox windows app you can stream your xbox games from anywhere in your house. You are not limited to the TV, so you can be playing your xbox games anywhere you can place a laptop. This let’s you get comfortable and gives you more options.

Downsides To Streaming Your Xbox

The only downside to playing your xbox on a laptop is that you have to adjust to a smaller screen, this can be beneficial though as the graphics would appear better on a smaller screen.

Internet speed is another thing that can affect your experience. If you have a poor connection it can make your game lag when you are playing. Increased input lag is known to occur when streaming games.

This can be pain to play with because you could lose many games due to something out of your control.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How to play Xbox on PC

You can use the Xbox Play Anywhere app in WIndows 10 to play your Xbox on PC. Simply login to your Xbox live or microsoft account in the Xbox play anywhere app and it will download all your games.

How to play Xbox Series X on laptop

  • Turn your xbox on and connect a controller.
  • Open the start menu in windows and select the xbox app
  • From the menu on the left hand side, click on connections
  • From the list of devices, select your xbox series X
  • Now you are connected to your xbox, click on stream on the top right corner to play.

How to use laptop as monitor for Xbox Series S

  1. Connect one end of a HDMI cable into your laptop
  2. Ensure that the HDMI input is selected for your laptop’s display.
  3. Connect the cable’s opposite end to the console.
  4. Start your Xbox up. On the laptop screen, you should see the welcome screen and the home page for your Xbox profile.

How to connect Xbox to laptop wireless

Turn on your xbox and connect a controller > Open the xbox app which can be found in the windows start menu > open the connections window in the settings > select your xbox one from the list > click stream to start playing wirelessly.


Using the xbox app is the easiest way to stream your games on a laptop. It’s great because many people could be using the same TV and this is a workaround.

The other reason why I like it is because you can play your xbox anywhere in the house, you don’t always have to sit infront of the TV. Some people also use this method to play on their Xbox even when their parents don’t let them.

Let me know in the comments, did this work for you? Do you have any problems with input lag? Is the xbox app good?

With over 12 years of experience with laptops, Grayson Uppington has delved deep into the tech world, always learning and sharing. His top pick is the Lenovo Legion Slim 5, blending performance with style. Formerly a pro gamer in CS:GO, those tournaments sharpened his skills and heightened his appreciation for laptop potential.