How to Play XBox on a Laptop With HDMI


The graphics on Microsoft's Xbox 360 are best experienced in high definition. Unfortunately, some owners can't afford a new high definition television (HDTV) and are left searching for other options. One answer is laptops with HDMI input ports.

  • Turn off your Xbox 360. Close down any programs on your laptop.

  • Insert one end of your HDMI cable in the HDMI port on the back of your Xbox 360.

  • Insert the opposite end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input port on your laptop.

  • Turn on your Xbox 360. Your laptop should automatically sense the new input and switch over the HDMI mode.

  • Access your laptop's display settings if the mode switch does not occur automatically.

  • Access your Xbox 360's "System Settings" menu from the dashboard. Configure the display and resolution settings as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will not be able to connect your Xbox 360 to a laptop via an HDMI output port. These ports are used to connect and broadcast your laptop's screen image to an HDMI-compatible source, not the other way around.

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