How to Play XBox on a Laptop Screen

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How to Play XBox on a Laptop Screen
Play Xbox games on a laptop (laptop image by martini from

In the current era of high definition gaming, it is imperative that gamers purchase a high definition television (HDTV) to make the best of their expensive consoles. Unfortunately, HDTVs can also be expensive, leaving some gamers in a bind. However, there is another option. Most laptop screens offer high-resolution pictures, and some even feature high definition functionality. Gamers with laptops can save some money buy purchasing a specialised Microsoft cable instead of a new HDTV.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Laptop with VGA video input and 3.5mm sound input
  • Xbox 360 VGA Cable
  • RCA female to 3.5mm male adaptor
  • Xbox 360 console

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Xbox. Plug the VGA cable into the back of the console.

  2. 2

    Plug the VGA plug into the VGA port on your laptop.

  3. 3

    Plug the red and white RCA plugs on your new cable into the 3.5mm adaptor.

  4. 4

    Plug the 3.5mm adaptor into the microphone port on your laptop. Doing so will allow your console's sound to come from your computer. Plug headphones into your laptop for personal listening.

  5. 5

    Turn on your Xbox 360 console. Configure your laptop to display the VGA input with the Display interface. Most laptops will switch to VGA mode automatically when they sense a VGA input.

  6. 6

    Enter the Console Settings menu on the Xbox Dashboard and select "Display Settings." Choose your display setting as "Widescreen" or "Fullscreen," depending on your laptop style.

Tips and warnings

  • Plugging VCA sources into a laptop can cause the display settings to reset. It shouldn't cause any permanent damage, but you may need to relocate your wallpaper image or reorder your desktop icons.

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