How to Use Laptop as a Monitor for Xbox Series X

Want to use your laptop as a monitor for the Xbox? Yes, you can, and it is straightforward to do so.

If your laptop has an HDMI input port, connect your Xbox to your laptop using an HDMI cable.

However, if your laptop does not have an HDMI input port, you can still use the Xbox Remote Play feature to connect your console to your laptop and use it as a screen.

  1. Using Xbox Remote Play
  2. Using HDMI cable

Now, let me explain each of these in detail.

1. Xbox Remote Play

Xbox Remote Play is a fantastic feature allowing users to play their favorite Xbox console games on other supported devices, such as laptops or mobile phones.

With Remote Play, you can connect your Xbox to your laptop and use it as a monitor through an internet connection.

Your laptop should be running on Windows 10 or Windows 11 and has at least 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Xbox Remote Play is not compatible with Mac or Linux.

Here’s how to setup Remote Play:

  1. Open Settings on your Xbox.
  2. Go to Device & connections.
  3. Next, go to Remote features.
  1. Check the Enable remote features option. Also, change the power mode setting to Instant-on.
  1. Now install the Xbox app on your laptop and launch it. Sign in to your Xbox account.
  2. Click the Consoles button on the top-left of the screen, next to the notifications button. This will display your consoles. Click on your console. See the screenshot below:

That’s it. A loading screen will appear for a few seconds, and then you will see an Xbox startup screen.

Your laptop and Xbox should be connected to the same network for optimal performance, preferably through ethernet.

2. HDMI Cable

Connecting an Xbox to a laptop through HDMI is only possible if the laptop has an HDMI input port.

However, most laptops nowadays only have an HDMI output port, which differs from an HDMI input.

Never try to plug the Xbox HDMI cable into the HDMI output port of your laptop.

If your laptop has an HDMI input port, you can connect your Xbox to it by following these steps:

  1. Turn off both your Xbox console and the laptop.
  2. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your Xbox HDMI Out (Xbox Series S and Series X only have HDMI out port) and the other end to the HDMI In port of your laptop.
  3. Now, first turn on your Xbox and then your laptop.

If everything goes right, your laptop should automatically act as a monitor screen for your Xbox Series X, S or Xbox One.

I hope you found this guide useful. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to ask me.

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Muhammad Qasim

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2 thoughts on “How to Use Laptop as a Monitor for Xbox Series X”

  1. How do I know my laptop has HDMI input?

    • It will be labelled as HDMI (input). If the HDMI port on your laptop isn’t labelled, its HDMI (output) port.


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