How to Connect an Xbox to a Laptop Screen

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Connect an Xbox game console to your laptop for output.

The Xbox 360 is a video game console developed and sold by Microsoft. The console is typically connected to a TV for display. Circumstances may arise where you may not have a TV or the space to keep one and instead need an alternative display source. A laptop may be used to display the output of the Xbox using an S-video cable. S-video cables can be purchased from most electronics stores.


Step 1

Connect an external video capture device that features S-video input to an open USB slot on your laptop.

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Step 2

Connect one end of an S-video cable to the S-video slot on your Xbox. Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the external video capture device that is attached to your laptop.


Step 3

Power on your laptop.

Step 4

Power on the Xbox.

Step 5

Begin playing Xbox games with the display coming from your laptop screen.

Things You'll Need

  • External video capture device (S-video input)

  • S-video cable


S-video connections are limited to 480i. Games and activities on the Xbox may lag due to the connection type.