How to Play PS3 on a Laptop Screen

By Joshua Bailey ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Laptop video input adapter
  • PS3 component cable

The Sony PlayStation 3, a home video-game system that was released in 2005, uses either an Hdmi or component cable to output its video to a monitor. Because the PS3 still can utilize the component cable, you can connect it to your laptop via a video input adapter. This is very useful when you run out of monitors to play your PS3 on.

Connect your video input card into your laptop's PCI-express or USB port. This depends on what type of adapter you are using. Wait as the computer installs the appropriate drivers for your new adapters.

Locate your PS3 close to your laptop, as the PS3's component cable is only a few feet long. Connect the PS3's component cables into the adapter you just installed.

Hold the power button on the PS3 while it is off for five seconds. This will reset the PS3's video-out capabilities and recognize the new input into the laptop. This means it will change the output resolution to better fit your laptop's screen.

Wait as the PS3 boots up. Your adapter should automatically switch to the video input, but if it does not, there will be a switch on the adapter to change to the PS3 input.

About the Author

Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.