I currently have a HDMI cable hookup on my computer, I was wondering if I could play my Xbox on my computer via HDMI cable?

Is this just a terrible idea? Any help will be appreciated.

My laptop information can be found here

  • is it an input or an output? Jul 7, 2012 at 13:41
  • @ratchetfreak I am using ps3-www1.us.dell.com/us/en/gen/notebooks/inspiron-14r-n4110/… and it hasn't given a straight answer :/ Jul 7, 2012 at 13:44
  • I don't know for sure, but I would bet that this is impossible. Connecting an HDMI output (on the Xbox) to another HDMI output (on the computer) is unlikely to do anything useful. Plus, that would be a completely separate problem to connect to Live. Jul 7, 2012 at 14:15
  • If its a laptop - I don't know any which has hdmi input, so I'd say you can't (unless there is something special with that model, not very likely). For a desktop, you'd just connect to the monitor (bypassing the 'computer' part)
    – Alok
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:16
  • Also, you should put the laptop info in description; and maybe specify playing Xbox using that screen (remove the Live part) since that seems to be the real question
    – Alok
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:17

4 Answers 4


No, you cannot, unless your computer has a video input, which most do not. If your monitor is separate from the computer you can plug your Xbox into it instead. There are internal and external capture cards available that could allow you to input the video and audio your Xbox produces.

Here's a video tutorial that explains how to use an external capture card.


I use my laptop as a TV all the time, well at work. I pack my laptop and XBOX, and play at work. It is possible, it's a portable TV for me. I just plug in the HDMI from the XBOX to my laptop.

  • How does this work, does your laptop have an HDMI input port? or are you using software or driver to do this?
    – Stingervz
    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:06
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    Could you provide your laptop model? I doubt many laptop models have a HDMI input
    – JohnoBoy
    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:59

The HDMI port on the laptop is only a output port for plugging in a external screen. If you want to use the laptop as the screen and play the xbox on the laptop you need a capture card.

One of my favorit youtubers posted a video with a promotion for some sort of discount on a capture card in collaboration with Machinima.

ZackScott video. Roxio capture card.

Also it is clearly a payed advertisement from ZackScott if it changes anything.


You need a HDMI input to do so. It's the only way i know. Or you can spend a couple hundred bucks on an HD PVR.

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