There are two ways to connect your laptop as a monitor for Xbox One. Both have a few advantages and disadvantages that I will explain in detail.
The first option is to connect your laptop and Xbox One via HDMI cable. The connection is usually stable and provides a great gaming experience. But there’s a catch. In order to successfully connect both devices your laptop must have an HDMI input port.
Connect your Xbox One with a power cable and turn it on. Plug the HDMI cable in the output port of your console and plug the other end in your laptop’s HDMI input port.
Then you have to open the display settings on your laptop and adjust them in order to receive the stream. On the majority of laptops, this switches automatically. Then you have to access the system settings on your Xbox and configure resolution settings.
But as I’ve already said, your laptop needs to have an HDMI input port in order to successfully connect the devices. The majority of laptops only have an HDMI output port. HDMI input ports are rare and laptops with this port are very expensive.
Laptops are designed to stream content on other devices so in order to achieve the opposite you will have to obtain a capture card. It’s a device that takes visual inputs from another device such as a laptop or a video camera and then transmits the signal.
If you have a laptop with an HDMI output port, you will do the same steps in order to connect it with your Xbox but with a minor difference.
You will need a capture card. The capture card has an output and input so you don’t connect your devices directly but through it.
The HDMI cable from the Xbox goes to the input port on the capture card, and the cable from the laptop goes in the output port.
To be honest, this method is very time-consuming and expensive. Capture cards aren’t cheap and you will also have to download the appropriate software on your laptop to make this work. If you are blessed with an HDMI input laptop, this is definitely the easiest solution.