HDMI Console Gaming on a Thunderbolt Display

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ptys, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. ptys macrumors newbie

    ptys

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    I've got to the point a where I don't have the space for a TV and so I want to use my Thunderbolt display for console gaming. I'm aware of the Black Magic capture devices but they are around $300 which is a bit out of my price range. Is there a way to play HDMI though to Thunderbolt without the need for an expensive capture device?
     
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

    Richdmoore

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    My understanding is that video capture devices have too much lag to simply use it to play a game using your Mac as a display.

    A few older display port imacs could be used as a monitor, but since thunderbolt was added to the iMac line they can only display other thunderbolt equipped macs video, not hdmi...

    I would love a simple adapter, but I have been waiting for three years for someone to make some hardware that would allow this.
     
  3. ptys thread starter macrumors newbie

    ptys

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    Oh really! Well thanks for the heads up as I was considering scrubbing my money together to buy one, but lags no good. Its a shame that Apple didn't include an HDMI in the design as I'm sure alot of professionals would make good use of it.
     
  4. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    The lag usually makes games unplayable. You are better getting a different display with HDMI input that you can also use with your mac and selling the TBD.
     
  5. ptys thread starter macrumors newbie

    ptys

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    I would if there was anything else as good on the market. I love that display, I plan on keeping it a long time. I'm just going to have to work in a TV then.
     

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