connect nintendo switch to the laptop

On the Nintendo Switch, there is no way to upgrade the resolution from 720p to 1080p without plugging the dock. This week, one of the users on Tom’s Guide forums asked a question that is it possible to connect Nintendo Switch to the laptop without a capture card.

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Capture Card is basically a device used to capture footage from a video source and connected to the computer.

The forum user named Otter stated :

I have a nintendo switch and an alienware r3 15. It has usb 3.0, usb 2.0 and hdmi OUT. I want to play my switch on my laptop monitor. Is there any way to do this without buying a capture card? I don’t know my cords that well. Can I directly use a hdmi (switch dock) to usb 3.0 (laptop) cord to make it work or do you need a capture card to do that?

The answer is No! you cannot connect Nintendo Switch’s HDMI cable to the laptop because it only contains an HDMI-out port.

How to connect Nintendo Switch to the laptop?

The connection can be done, if you buy one HDMI-in port which is difficult to find and even more expensive.

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You will have to use a capture card, built inside instead of getting an external capture for recording footage.

The simplest way is that you should look for a capture card like Elgato Game Capture HD. Or just find any 1080p monitor which relatively less expensive than that of the capture card.

Setting up a capture card for laptop

If you are unable to get a cheap capture card having USB 3.0 Type-C support, then try buying Elgato Game Capture HD60 S for $160.

This will allow you to connect Nintendo Switch to the laptop without any serious issue.  One end of HDMI cable is connected to Switch’s dock and the other one with Elgato, the USB 3.0 port connector will operate from your computer.

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This method is quite appealing to those who love traveling and are not bound to carry their monitor along with them.


    • If you have read the entire post, you wouldn’t have asked this. I already mentioned, ” the connection can be done through HDMI-in port or capture card”. There is no other way!


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