How to Play Xbox 360 on a Laptop

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How to Play Xbox 360 on a Laptop
Using your laptop monitor as an Xbox 360 display is a popular option. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

It's not surprising that you can't play Xbox 360 games on a computer; if you could, no one would buy the console. However, you can connect your Xbox 360 to a PC, which lets you use your laptop screen as a monitor. This can come in handy when you want to play the 360 on the go but you don't have a television with you or if space is limited.

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  1. 1

    Purchase and install a video capture card on your laptop. Video capture cards are designed so users can input signals typically used for TV connections on their laptops; in this case, you'll connect your Xbox 360's video outputs to your computer.

  2. 2

    Install any drivers that came with the video capture card. These drivers should be downloadable from the manufacturer's website and on an installation disc that came with the card.

  3. 3

    Connect your Xbox 360 to the video capture card in the same way you would connect it to a TV or monitor. Connect the component or HD plugs to your Xbox 360, then connect the inputs to your video capture card.

  4. 4

    Turn on your computer. Start the multimedia program used by your video capture card--likely Windows Media Player or QuickTime.

  5. 5

    Turn on the Xbox 360. If connected properly, the Xbox 360's video output should appear on your laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • Computer monitors typically offer higher resolutions than large tube-based TVs. If you're having trouble reading text in your Xbox 360 games, reduce the resolution of your display in the Control Panel.

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