How to Hook Up Xbox One to Laptop with HDMI

Gaming consoles allow players around the world to play the latest game titles at their convenience. While most games have been transferred to the mobile ecosystem, there is still a considerable percentage of gamers that prefer to play their favorite titles on a larger screen. Most gaming consoles such as the Xbox one are connected to flat screen or smart TVs. However, not all people can afford or have enough room for a TV in their place. As an alternative to TVs, gaming consoles such as the Xbox One can be connected to laptops and PCs.

Xbox One Game Console

In this article, we will teach you how to hook up Xbox one to laptop with HDMI. Also, we will include some other methods that allow you to connect the gaming console to a computer, which you may find more uncomplicated and more straightforward. So without further ado, let us start.

How to Connect via HDMI

Connecting the Xbox One to a laptop via an HDMI cable is simple and easy. The first thing you need to do is to turn off the gaming console. After this, you also need to make sure that no programs or software is running on the laptop. If there are specific windows that are open on your computer, make sure to close it.

Prepare the HDMI cable and then plug one of its end on the HDMI port of the Xbox One. The HDMI port is usually placed at the back of the console. With this, insert the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port of the laptop. It is worth noting that some laptops do not possess a port for HDMI. If this is the case with your computer,  you might need to buy an HDMI adapter.

After connecting both ends of the HDMI cable, you can now turn on the gaming console. Wait for a couple of minutes for the laptop to detect the new device connected. After the computer has recognized the connect Xbox One, you can now proceed to the next steps.

If the Xbox one is not detected after connecting it through HDMI, you might need to go through the display settings of the laptop. With this, you need to navigate through the “System Settings” from the main menu. There, you can make the necessary customizations and configure the settings depending on your preference.

It is worth noting that you won’t be able to link the gaming console to a laptop through the HDMI output port. Nevertheless, you can always connect the two devices through the HDMI cable and then broadcast the game from the Xbox one to the laptop. You are using the laptop as an alternative screen. This will come in handy for those who are living in dorms or in small spaces that do not have enough room to install a TV.

Connecting on Windows 10

For laptops that come with the latest Windows version, you will be pleased to know that there are some other ways to connect the Xbox one with the computer without having to deal with HDMI cords or other cables.  In this portion, we will be teaching you a more straightforward and straightforward method.

With Windows 10, you can wirelessly connect your Xbox one to your laptop. This is made possible through the Directx 12 feature from the operating system as well as the Xbox application.

The Xbox One application is compatible with the Windows 10 OS. This app allows a more seamless and convenient connection for the two devices. The Xbox application hosts a wide array of features that will come in handy whenever you want to connect the game console to the laptop.

One of the most convenient features of the Xbox one is that it allows you to have control of the administrative settings of the user’s Xbox Live account. Moreover, it will enable users to join in parties through the PC. With this communication with fellow players while playing will be more convenient and easy. Also, the Windows 10 OS allows support of cross-platform multiplayer for games that are supported.

The app also houses a feature that allows it to use as a remote control for the gaming console. It comes with a very intuitive interface that allows for better control with the gaming console. Moreover, it comes with a standard button layout for users who are not equipped with touch-based input.

Perhaps the most crucial feature of the Xbox App is that it allows users to connect and stream games directly to the Windows 10 powered PC or laptop. This feature though requires a WIFI connection to function correctly. However, the performance of the feature will depend on the speed and reliability of the WIFI connection. With this, you need to make sure that the rate of the link is enough to enable seamless and stutter free streaming.

To go this route, you need to first download and install the Xbox App on your laptop. The application is free to download and can be found on the Microsoft Store. You can also find the form elsewhere, and you need to do a Google search.

After installing the application, launch the program, and sign in. If you still do not have an account with the application, which is the most likely case since it is your first time using the app, you might need to register and set up an account. The set up is elementary and straightforward. Once you already have an account, sign in and wait for the app to finish loading.

On your gaming console, you need to toggle on the setting that enables game streaming. You can do this by navigating through the Settings and going to Preferences. There, you will see an option that says, “Allow game streaming to paired devices” Click on the mentioned option.

On the left side of the interface, you will also see a “Connect” button. Click on this button. Throughout the entire process, you need to make sure that both the PC/laptop and the Xbox One are connected to the same WIFI network. If not, then you can manually input the correct IP address on both devices.