If you want to spend some fun time playing games on your laptop, then you have the option to do so.
For better graphic quality and faster connection, Nintendo Switch can be connected to your laptop with the help of a USB port.
In this article, I will show you how to connect Nintendo Switch to your laptop.
Things Needed To Connect Switch To Laptop
Play your Nintendo Switch games on your laptop? Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, it’s not as complicated as you might think. You just need a few necessities to make the connection happen and we’re here to make sure you have them all.
Nintendo switch is one of the most popular games consoles on the market. It’s a hybrid console that bridges the gap between home and handheld gaming and has been well-received by fans so far. And if you want to play your Nintendo Switch games on your laptop, then there are ways to make this happen!
Video capture card
A video capture card is any hardware device that can capture what is displayed on a computer screen and output it as an analog television signal. The most common use for this would be to connect a laptop video card to a TV monitor in order to watch the laptop’s video output on the TV screen.
AVerMedia capture cards: AVerMedia offers a range of capture cards, with support for popular video formats including MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 ASP and VC1. The AVerMedia capture cards are suitable for the following laptop models:
Elgato capture cards: Elgato offers video capture card models that can be connected to a laptop via USB. Some models support Full HD video and HDMI. Elgato also offers a range of macOS support. The following laptop models are supported:
Note: To be able to play HD video on your TV via HDMI, you need to select the best resolution output for your TV.
Belkin capture cards: Belkin offers two types of capture cards; the HW-V325 (1x HDMI port, 1x VGA port, 1x Composite/S-video port) and the HW-V360 (4x HDMI ports, 2x VGA ports, 3D support). Belkin’s capture cards are SDI compliant and only one cable is required to connect them.
HDMI cable: It is an existing cable that you’ll want to use for all of your home gaming devices, including your Nintendo Switch. You can find this cable at any store that sells electronics, and you’ll be surprised how affordable it is when it comes to a purchase.
Video capturing software: Since the Nintendo Switch is a video game console, you’ll need some sort of capture software to be able to get/ share videos from your console with friends and family. OBS Studio and Stream Deck are two popular programs that you can use, and they’re both fairly affordable.
Should I need to buy a new Nintendo dock?
No, people don’t need to buy a new Nintendo dock. As you see from the “All” tab below, the majority of people are using a regular computer monitor or TV for their Nintendo Switch games. If you have just an inch of space on your coffee table, then it’s possible to use one of these two devices to play your Nintendo Switch games.
Can I connect Nintendo switch to laptop without HDMI capture card?
No, you can’t connect Nintendo Switch to laptop without HDMI capture card. And it’s not because the technology is not there but because it would be too much of a headache for both parties involved. With that said, you still need an HDMI capture card to play Nintendo Switch games on your laptop and change their graphical fidelity as well as how you control the game with a mouse and keyboard.
Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch does not come with a HDMI cable or adapter. The “Capture Card” is an optional piece of hardware that you would need to purchase separately in order to use your laptop as the display for your Nintendo Switch.
How To Connect Nintendo Switch To Laptop
Follow the steps below to connect your Nintendo Switch to your laptop:
Step 1: Unplug the Nintendo Switch from all external monitors and TVs
Step 2: Plug only one of the HDMI cables of Nintendo Switch into the in-port for a video capture card.
Step 3: Start up your video capture software on your laptop; make sure that it’s ON as soon as you plug in a USB port.
Step 4: Start your game on the Switch and put it into full-screen mode. Your footage will be displayed on your screen as soon as you press enter in your software’s window.