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

linkmon99

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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?
Thanks!
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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?
Thanks!
Note I also have windows on this iMac if OS matters
 

PatriotInvasion

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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.
 

gooimac

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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)
 

inhalexhale1

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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.
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.
 

BigBoyBmw760li

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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.
 

Chrome262

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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?
Thanks!
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Note I also have windows on this iMac if OS matters
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.