The world of video games is present in practically all devices nowadays. In fact, it is also possible to crossover, so there are no longer limits in terms of platforms. However, not all devices can be connected to each other.
Technically speaking, it is not possible to connect the Xbox to any computer, be it a laptop or a desktop PC. This is because the Xbox, like the laptop, is a computer, so it only connects to video outputs.
However, there are exceptions and some interesting tricks that you may find useful. Here, we will talk about each of them and the possible advantages or disadvantages they offer.
Learning about the Xbox and laptops.
Xbox output video ports
To better understand the situation, it is important to know the concepts of each of the ports and the devices that we will be handling. A laptop can have different types of ports, including HDMI, which is the standard format nowadays for multimedia connections.
There are also models with DisplayPort and VGA, although for practical purposes, what interests us in this article is the HDMI because it is the one that incorporates the video game console.
The good thing about the HDMI port is that this type of connection is capable of transmitting both audio and video with a single cable, unlike the old VGA or DVI.
In view of this, many people who have a console, but their television has been damaged or maybe they are going to travel, wonder if it is possible to connect the Xbox to a laptop and use its screen to display the content.
What happens if I connect the Xbox to the laptop?
The HDMI ports are standard, so they will fit perfectly between one device and another. Nevertheless, absolutely nothing will happen because the HDMI of laptops and consoles are only for video output. That is, it is used to connect an additional screen, and not to function as the main screen.
To give you an idea, trying to use a laptop as a display would have the same effects as trying to use the Xbox as a monitor. Even though the port is there, it won’t do anything.
It is something very different from what happens with monitors. These devices are indeed video output devices, precisely what the HDMI ports of laptops are prepared for, and also HDMI ports of consoles.
How does a laptop screen work?
Unlike a conventional monitor, a laptop screen is connected directly and internally to the motherboard. Therefore, the only video output it provides is from the integrated graphics card.
On the other hand, a monitor is completely independent of the device, and that is why it can be installed on a console, and even on a laptop. That’s right, you can’t use the laptop screen on another device, but you can install an additional monitor on a laptop.
Obviously, that same monitor can be used for the Xbox console, which is not limited simply to televisions. Any screen, in this case, a stand-alone one that has an HDMI input, has the ability to output video and display what’s happening on a laptop or Xbox.
In short, a video game console is a computer and therefore behaves in the same way. It always requires a video output, be it a monitor, a projector, or the most classic option of all, a television.
All-in-one computers are the exception
Although we are talking about laptops in this article, it is a good idea to mention all-in-one computers. They are devices that are not seen much on the market anymore, but the few that still exist differ from conventional computers and laptops by having two types of connections.
Keep in mind that these computers are neither desktop PCs nor laptops, but rather a combination of them. For this reason, there are certain models that incorporate HDMI IN ports and HDMI OUT ports, that is, input and output.
These ports serve both to duplicate the desktop PC screen and to integrate other devices, such as the Xbox or another console. This happens because everything is integrated into a single device, but the screen works independently as if it were an ordinary monitor.
If you’re thinking of getting an all-in-one computer, and connecting your Xbox is one of your purposes, check the connections. As we have said before, not all models integrate the two types of HDMI, it is even quite rare because it is not the main purpose of these types of computers.
Xbox Online Services
Since the Xbox One and later generations, more and more online video game services have been implemented. For example, in the case of Sony and its PlayStation, there is Remote Play, for which it is necessary to install software on the computer, connect the controller and connect the two devices through a network cable.
In the case of Xbox, it’s even easier, since you only need to link your account. After all, both Windows and Xbox are owned by Microsoft, so there is a direct interaction between them.
As you can imagine, the catalog of games available to play on these types of platforms is more limited. Still, it’s a great alternative if your TV is damaged, you’re away from home, or you just don’t want to plug in your Xbox.