Suppose you are the proud owner of the latest and arguably the most incredible game console Sony has ever released. In that case, you are enjoying a whole new world with your PS5!
With its latest integrations, you hear in 3D. It’s funny to read. Trust us. It was even more amusing to write. How can anyone hear in 3D?
Sony’s spatial audio integrations make your standard two-channel TV speakers into multi-dimensional soundwaves, a.k.a. 3D Audio. The latest innovation makes your gaming experience even more immersive than ever before.
While it works well with any speaker system, try it out with the brand’s wireless headset, the Sony Pulse 3D.
You can also connect the headset to your laptop when linking your PS5 to it.
The Sony PS5 is a versatile console. You can hook it up to just about anything. Just bring a suitable multimedia cable for the job. If you are into playing on larger screens or on-the-go, your PS5 is ready for it.
If you are looking for a way to make your computer your PS5 second screen, you’re in luck! We’ll discuss connecting devices and how to stream PS5 to PC or your laptop screen below.
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Can I Connect My PS5 to My Laptop?
You can absolutely connect your PS5 to your laptop. There are two ways you can go about doing this. Before we get into linking your devices, let’s address some safety standards.
Before you link your PS5 into any other device, ensure that it is compliant with security regulations. Make sure it isn’t illegally jailbroken either.
The act of jailbreaking lifts the necessary restrictions on your device’s configurations; lifting such restrictions may grant you access to free or inaccessible programs. However, you will be altering your device’s security measures.
When you modify these configurations, you may end up altering them entirely. When devices are no longer secure, they may pose incompatible for linking to secure devices and servers.
When two devices are connected, they perform a Digital Handshake. Errors occur when incompatibilities in syncing arise, such as in security compliances. You may end up causing an error in these two devices’ digital handshake and lose any chance of using them together in sync.
Furthermore, you would need a laptop that has an IN port. Very few laptops feature this kind of port. Typically, laptops are used as the data source and not the recipient. As a result, laptops are traditionally manufactured with out-ports to send data out instead of receiving any.
Check your laptop’s ports, look underneath the port itself, be it HDMI or DisplayPort, to see if it reads “IN.” Suppose it only says out or has no written indication. In that case, your laptop, most likely, isn’t built to receive data using a multimedia cable.
The laptop No products found. is an example of one that features an input port. This device is built explicitly for gamers and features an HDMI input port, a god-send! There aren’t much more laptops out there that feature the same.
It isn’t a question of your cable either. This function depends on the ports themselves and not the cables. Even if you think switching out the adapters on each end of the cable will make a difference, it won’t. Laptops are built to receive audiovisual data from their motherboard and not outside sources.
If you want to find out how to play PS5 games on your laptop screen, there are some workarounds. You could try using a capture card.
Important: Please be careful with your PS5. We have a guide on How to Fix PS5 Green Screen of Death if things turn out badly.
Two Ways to Connect PS5 to Laptop: a Step-by-Step Guide
Here’s a quick step-by-step of two options you can use to link your PS5 to your laptop.
Option 1: By Using a Capture Card
As mentioned above, you can use an Elgato capture card to link your PS5 to your laptop.
Step 1 : Plug one end of a USB-C cable into your Elgato capture card’s output port
Step 2 : Plug the other end into your laptop’s USB 3.0 port
Step 3 : Plug an HDMI Cable into the Elgato capture card’s input (IN) port
Step 4 : Plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI output (OUT) port of your PS5
Step 5 : Set up your capture card preferences when its alert window pops up on your monitor, and viola!
Option 2: By Using Remote Play
In setting up a link between your PS5 and compatible device, the Remote Play requires much less setup.
Step 1 : Turn your PS5 on or have it on Rest mode
Step 2 : Open the Remote Play app on your laptop or MacBook Pro
*Sign in to the same account you signed in to your console with
Step 4 : Select Settings and configure your preferred resolution and refresh rate
Step 5 : Your Remote Play app will automatically connect to the PS5 your account is also signed into and will grant you remote access to your console from your laptop
Step 6 (optional) : If there are more than one console in range and signed into, you can choose which one you want to link your laptop to.
Note: Some users have reported that their PS5 turns on by itself after enabling Remote Play.
Can I Connect My PS5 to My Laptop Without Remote Play?
You can connect to your laptop using the capture card method above. If you have a laptop with an input port, you need neither option to link your devices.
How to Connect PS5 to Laptop with HDMI
You can immediately use your laptop as the external display of your PS5 by connecting one end of an HDMI cable into your console’s output port and the other end on your laptop’s input port.
Here’s the Catch 22 of it all, if your laptop does feature an input port, it would have to be with the latest HDCP compliance. It takes an HDCP 2.2 version to transmit audiovisual data in 4K resolution.
Any version before the 2.2 and one of two things will happen:
- It will not transfer data due to incompatibilities in HDCP compliance
- It will downscale 4K resolution to 1080p
Ensure your device’s HDCP compliance is up-to-date. If your laptop is up to date, your multimedia cable might not possess the compliance needed in the linking chain.
The HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 are encoded with HDCP 2.2/2.3. You should go with reputable brands on this one as well. It isn’t worth causing errors that disrupt your gaming pleasure to save a few dollars.
Worst case scenario, you cause irreversible damage to one of your devices!
Remember, nothing is impossible. Satiating the adventurous gamer within you is attainable with proper devices.
If you want to take your PS5 with you and your laptop is your only option for an external display, nothing can stop you. The advances in today’s technology make every gamer’s whim achievable.
Sony does a great job of making the impossible possible. These makers helped bring 4K to life and create innovations that make users hear in 3D. We hope this article helped clarify that this industry giant isn’t about to prohibit you from connecting its flagship console for gaming on your laptop.