How to Play Xbox on a Laptop

Use your laptop as monitor for your Xbox console

What to Know

  • On your Xbox console pen Settings > Device & connections > Remote features and tick the Enable remote features box.
  • Next open Xbox app preferences and choose Allow connections from any device.
  • On a Windows 10 or 11 computer, open the Xbox app and select the console icon next to the search bar to begin streaming to your laptop.

This article explains how to use your laptop as a monitor for your Xbox.

How Do You Play Xbox on a Laptop?

If you have an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One, you can play games from your console on a Windows laptop or computer. This allows you to use the laptop as a monitor for your games, which can be handy if someone else is already using the TV you're console is connected to.

You can play Xbox games on a laptop by making use of the console's built-in remote play feature. This feature needs to be enabled from the console, and it will have to be connected to the internet for it to work correctly. Additionally, you'll probably want a decent internet speed, as streaming video games smoothly can take a lot of bandwidth. To get started, follow the steps below to enable remote features on your Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One.

Enable Remote Play

  1. Turn your console on and then open Settings. Find and select Device & connections.

    Devices & connections menu on Xbox console.
  2. Navigate to Remote features.

  3. Tick the checkbox next to the Enable remote features box.

    Remote features menu with enable remote features box ticked.
  4. Navigate to Xbox app preferences.

  5. Choose Allow connections from any device. Alternatively, you can also select Only from profiles sign in on this Xbox console for additional security.

    Xbox app preferences menu with Allow connections from any device selected.
  6. Now, return to the Remote features menu and select Test remote play to verify that your internet can handle the bandwidth load and complete the setup process.

Start Playing Xbox Games Using the Laptop's Screen

Once you've completed the setup process on your Xbox console, it's time to turn to your laptop. You'll need a laptop running Windows 10 or Windows 11. You'll also want to ensure you have the Xbox app downloaded from the Microsoft store.

  1. Launch the Xbox app on your Windows laptop.

  2. Find the console icon next to the search bar at the top of the application.

    Xbox console streaming option on Windows Xbox app.
  3. Click on the icon to start streaming your Xbox console to your laptop. You will need to make sure you leave your console on while you're playing.

Can You Plug an Xbox Into a Laptop?

While a lot of laptops have an HDMI port, these usually don't offer any way to push a signal into the laptop itself. Essentially, those ports are output only, which means they can only be used to push the display signal of the laptop to another monitor or TV. Because these ports are output only, you can't plug an Xbox into a laptop and use it as a monitor.

The only other real way to play Xbox games on your laptop is to make use of Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The biggest difference between this and simply playing the games using remote play is it won't share your games or progress from the console. Instead, Xbox Cloud Gaming is locked to the titles available on the Xbox Game Pass service. Make sure to check out our guide to Xbox Cloud Gaming to see if the service is right for you.

Can I Play My Xbox One on My Laptop?

Because the Xbox One and Xbox Series X / Series S use similar system setups, you can actually use the same settings mentioned above to play Xbox One games on your laptop. You will need to enable Remote features on your Xbox One console. Once that's done, leave your console on and open the Xbox app on your laptop and connect to it using the icon next to the search bar.

  • How do I play Xbox 360 games on a laptop?

    You can download games from the Microsoft Store and use an emulator such as Xenia to play Xbox 360 games on your laptop. From the Xenia site, select Download > extract the file > and drag the Xbox 360 game you want to play onto the Xenia EXE file to launch the game.

  • How do I play Xbox games on my laptop without an Xbox console?

    If you want to play games exclusively on your Windows 10 or 11 PC, you can download select digital Xbox Play Anywhere titles to your device from the Microsoft Store. If you're interested in a streaming-style service, another option is to sign up for an Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The Ultimate version provides more flexibility for playing on other devices if you change your mind.

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