Utilize your Laptop as a TV to play your video games

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This article will be all about how you can utilize your PC to play your Xbox video games. Basically, you will be using your Laptop as a screen to play your Xbox.

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Use your Laptop as a TV to play Xbox

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    Before we get started, you will first need to purchase and install a video capture card on your Laptop in order to perform the following steps.
    A video capture card will input the option into your computer to capture video signals. This is what you will be doing when using your Laptop as a TV screen to play Xbox games.
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    Upon purchasing your video capture card, you will receive an installation CD that will allow you to install the necessary software to use the card.
    Make sure that you have installed everything that the CD has to offer, in order to eliminate any issues you may face if the software was not downloaded the correctly.
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    When your video card has the input connections set the same as the back of your TV, this means you have installed the software.
    Next you need to input the Xbox connections into the card inlet slots (red, yellow, and white) or you can use your HD cable, but only if the computer is compatible with that type of feature (using an HDMI port on your card if the computer does not have the HD feature will cause the connection to not work or show your game play in the same way that the component cables will).
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    Now you will need to turn on your computer and start the program given in the installation process for the video capture card you have purchased.
    You can also use Windows Media Player or any other program you use for viewing movies.
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    Lastly, when you turn on your Xbox console, your Xbox start-up should now appear on your computer screen if you have done the installation process correctly.
    This means that you have successfully completed the steps and now it is time to enjoy your game play!
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What is a video capture card for? Why do I need it?

A video capture card is a video capturing device that is placed on a computer's PCI slots and captures video signals. It has the capability of converting analog signals to digital, depending on the Laptop's screen resolution. Older classes of these cards capture analog signals from composite or s-videos cables, while newer classes today support digital signal such as Serial Digital Interface and HDMI.

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Video Capture Card for Analog/S-Video/Composite

This is a Jaton GeForce 6200 256MB DDR 338PCI-TV Video Graphics Card VGA S-Video Composite.

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Video Capture Card for Digital/HDMI/SDI

This is a Blu-ray 1080P MMI HDMI HD Video Converter PCI-E Video Capture Card.

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Where to Buy and How Much?

Video Capture cards are available at computer parts stores, or on the popular online stores such as amazon.com or ebay.com. You can get basic video capture cards for as low as $50. These are the ones for basic use and standard resolution. If you're Laptop is HD capable and you want the best resolution possible for your game, you might want to consider getting a capture card for HDMI, which will cost you a minimum of $130, and can cost up to $900 or even higher for the latest and high end brands. If you are not sure about what brand of device model to buy, it is always best to consult an certified technician to get helpful advice before buying a capture card.

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Questions and Answers

What software can I use for playing TV video games on Laptop?

Sometimes, software may not even be required, especially if your video game player has a rounded-end adapter or a USB adapter that can easily link to a Laptop. There are already various video games which are compatible with Windows computers. In this case, you just need to be playing it like you would play a USB, and run the video game. However, running it may not always be possible, and in some cases you will need to download certain applications on your computer. Usually, these particular applications are written on the video game manual to let you know which are compatible. At times these software programs even come together with an entire video game package, or they will provide you with a link online to download.

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You can also try to use a NES Emulator, which is software that allows TV video games to run on a Windows computer. There are various links online that allow free download of this. Search for NES Emulator Nestopia, as that is the most reliable version. It will give you a zip file which you need to execute. Once done, a Nestopia window, which is similar to that of the MS-DOS window will open. What you will do here is drag .nes files of your favorite TV video games. These .nes files can also be downloaded for free. Just search for "Free NES ROM" and you will be LED to various sites where these are available for free.

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