I plan on buying a PlayStation (possibly a PS4 pro) but I don't want to buy a TV and I don't own a TV.

Is there any way i can connect the PlayStation to my PC so that i can play the PlayStation games via the PC?

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    Why as this been downvoted? This is a legitimate question.
    – Chepech
    Nov 9, 2017 at 15:16
  • There are probably emulators. But I don't know if you can get your games onto your PC easily, because for example Wii CDs and Blueray Discs can't be read by normal DVD drives. Nov 9, 2017 at 15:20
  • @Chepech As a sidenote, question legitimacy has no bearing on usefulness, which is what voting is on.
    – Frank
    Nov 10, 2017 at 16:35
  • @Fabian: I agree it's vague, however he states: "I don't want to buy a TV and I don't own a TV" which is easy to infer that he is trying to connect his console to the monitor. I think downvoting a question without providing an explanation is not only harsh on a relatively new user but against the site spirit.
    – Chepech
    Nov 23, 2017 at 14:10
  • @Frank: "usefulness"? I think he provides a pretty clear scenario of what he is attempting to accomplish in spite of his apparent limited understanding of the situation.
    – Chepech
    Nov 23, 2017 at 14:12

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No, you can't.

The VGA and HDMI ports on a laptop are for video out and not video in. Which means they cannot be used as a display monitor.

If you don't want to buy a TV, all you need is a cheap 20" monitor.

When you want to play PS4, connect HDMI cable from PS4 to the monitor. Vice versa, when you want to play games on your Alienware, connect HDMI cable from Alienware to the monitor. I am sure you will enjoy it more on the monitor than on laptop screen.

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    Or simply get an [extremely easy to find] monitor with multiple inputs. Then you can tap a button, on the monitor, to change what input you're viewing from. Dec 12, 2016 at 18:41
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    Technically, you can get your PS4 output on your PC with two additional methods - 1) video capture card; 2) PS Remote.
    – lentinant
    Jul 3, 2017 at 12:16
  • @lentinant You can write your own answer about the capture card method. A comment is not very visible. Nov 9, 2017 at 15:18

You can play the games remotely using PS4 Remote Play, however you will require to connect your PS4 to a display first in order to setup this feature. But once it's setup you can play streaming to your PC and thus not requiring a monitor. This comes with obviously all the downsides of streaming games (limited resolution and ocasional lag).

Now, I'm not sure the PS4 will not complaint about the lack of an HDMI cable being connected to the display port. I'm not sure, I have tried streaming and it works well enough but my PS4 is connected to a Screen while I do so, so you should give it a try. This might be as easy to solve as just plugging a HDMI cable to the PS4 while leaving the other end unplugged.


Additionally to options described in other answers, you can use video capture card. You can plug HDMI output of your PS4 in capture card, and use proper software (e.g. XSplit of OBS) to visualize input of your capture card. This usually works well for any device with HDMI output (e.g. any other consoles).

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