Using the 5K iMac as a display for PS4, Xbox, switch?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by linkmon99, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. linkmon99 macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Hi guys. In a couple of months I'm heading off to college and I was wondering if it'd be possible to use my iMac as a display for my PS4, xbox one, and nintendo switch (basically game systems with HDMI). It would be great because I wouldn't have to bring another TV in an already cramped dorm, plus when the xbox one x comes out later this year I could play 4k games on the 5k Imac, so what would I need to make this work?
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    Note I also have windows on this iMac if OS matters
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  3. linkmon99 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2017
    I know but I've seen people on youtube doing it, so is there some sort of converter?
  4. iemcj macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Hmm, if they're doing it then I'm sure they'd have some info on how it happens?
  5. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Sony released a Remote Play app for Mac that would allow you to stream from the PS4 to the iMac. Not sure how the lag would be, but other than that there is no way to do it on the iMac. Your best bet is to get an external display with HDMI in.
  6. gooimac macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2017
    You could use an Elgato HD60S. Its designed for recording/streaming but the S version has "instant game view" it still has a few frames latency but depending on what you are playing that may or may not matter to you. Note I haven't tried this myself (I have an older HD60 that I only use for recording)
  7. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    In my experience it was great when the PS4 was connected via ethernet, but was unplayable when both the Mac and PS4 were on wifi. I have not used it extensively, or for some time, though.
  8. BigBoyBmw760li macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2014
    You can use a ps4 or ps4 pro to play on it via remote play. The only downside is that the standard ps4 only outputs 720p while the pro does 1080p. Unfortunately, no 4k output. Just get a 4k tv, there mad cheap now.
  9. Chrome262 macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2013
    Wait you have windows 10 ?, if so then you can use that for the Xbox one, it supports what they call extended monitor. its and app you can download on the market place for live. Other then that if you want to do on the mac side you would have to find an app on the app store that would do it like the ps4 one does. The switch the same thing.

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