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I know nothing about consoles or games so was just looking for some advice.

The grandson has recently received a PS4 for his birthday.

It is all set up and working ok using the TV, but I was wondering if it was possible to hook it up to a laptop and use that screen instead?

The laptop in question is only about a year old and has a HDMI port on it....

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated as I don't know a thing about games consoles.
 
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I know nothing about consoles or games so was just looking for some advice.

The grandson has recently received a PS4 for his birthday.

It is all set up and working ok using the TV, but I was wondering if it was possible to hook it up to a laptop and use that screen instead?

The laptop in question is only about a year old and has a HDMI port on it....

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated as I don't know a thing about games consoles.
Just remember that if you connect it to a monitor, most monitors don't have speakers, so you will need a speaker set-up.
If you are asking the question cause at the mo it's connected up to the main TV then just get a small TV (22" or 24") for the PS4.
That's what we did for our son.
 
 

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You don't need a capture card for the PS4. There are options in the PS4 to do that. Press the 'SHARE' button on the controller.
Just Youtube it. There is a lot of info on there on how to do it.
 

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The hdmi on the laptop will be a out put and wont recieve a signal but if you already have the laptop then there is ps4 remote play where you basically just use the ps4 to playbthe game but it streams it over ypur internet to your laptop it seems like you are playing the game on the laptop. Just google ps4 remote play
 

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The laptop in question is only about a year old and has a HDMI port on it..
Sorry, should have read your post better... Usually the HDMI port on a laptop is so that you can plug it into a monitor, so you have a bigger screen...

Bugger... @Baker1988 beat me to it..
 

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Thanks Guys, that is really appreciated! Its for when he stays with us so that he can play but we can keep an eye on him rather than put him in a different room on a spare telly..

To be honest the whole idea of kids having access to the web scares the living daylights out of me and I would much rather have him out walking the dog or fishing ect, but sadly that's not how the world works today...
 

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my 15 year old boy sits in his room writing poetry.....
I do worry.
 

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Thanks Guys, that is really appreciated! Its for when he stays with us so that he can play but we can keep an eye on him rather than put him in a different room on a spare telly..

To be honest the whole idea of kids having access to the web scares the living daylights out of me and I would much rather have him out walking the dog or fishing ect, but sadly that's not how the world works today...
My lad loves his PS4. He loves playing Fortnite & Overwatch, sometimes GTA5. I make sure that all the people in his 'Party' are friends that he knows.

How old is your grandson?
 

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My lad loves his PS4. He loves playing Fortnite & Overwatch, sometimes GTA5. I make sure that all the people in his 'Party' are friends that he knows.

How old is your grandson?
That's part of the problem in that he is only just turned 4...

Mum and dad are not together, and when he stays at dad's, lets him play lots of stuff I don't think is age appropriate; lets just say he is not exactly a responsible role model in that respect..

We have bought the little 'un a couple of age appropriate games and just want to keep a weather eye on him...

What is "Fortnite" like ?...I ask because that ones of the games he wants...
 

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That's part of the problem in that he is only just turned 4...

Mum and dad are not together, and when he stays at dad's, lets him play lots of stuff I don't think is age appropriate; lets just say he is not exactly a responsible role model in that respect..

We have bought the little 'un a couple of age appropriate games and just want to keep a weather eye on him...
Don't go by the age rating on games.. They are a bit like the age ratings on films.
Best to check out the game play on Youtube and see if it's appropriate.
For example the 'Lego Movie Videogame' is rated 7 but I think would be suitable for a 4 year old.
Our lad is nearly 13. He plays the games I have mentioned above. Most the games he plays are rated for his age, however GTA5 is rated 18 but I think he has the intelligence to know its just a game... Don't get me wrong, there are quite a few games out there rated 18 that I would not let him play.
 

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Don't go by the age rating on games.. They are a bit like the age ratings on films.
Best to check out the game play on Youtube and see if it's appropriate.
For example the 'Lego Movie Videogame' is rated 7 but I think would be suitable for a 4 year old.
Our lad is nearly 13. He plays the games I have mentioned above. Most the games he plays are rated for his age, however GTA5 is rated 18 but I think he has the intelligence to know its just a game... Don't get me wrong, there are quite a few games out there rated 18 that I would not let him play.
Thanks mate..I am not too concerned about the "difficulty" aspect of the games, just their content....will have a look at some on Youtube as you suggest...
 

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Thanks mate..I am not too concerned about the "difficulty" aspect of the games, just their content....will have a look at some on Youtube as you suggest...
I was talking about their content mate.. Some of the Lego games can be a bit difficult in certain areas but the content, IMO, would be suitable.
 

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You are doing the right thing by making sure he is in the room with you, try to resist a headset/microphone as long as you can, my lad is nine and some of his friends have potty mouths at that age! Fortnite may be a bit difficult for a four year old and is a shoot em up so not age appropriate in my humble opinion. Disney Affinity, Lego worlds and Rocket league would be good games for him at that age!
 

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You are doing the right thing by making sure he is in the room with you, try to resist a headset/microphone as long as you can, my lad is nine and some of his friends have potty mouths at that age! Fortnite may be a bit difficult for a four year old and is a shoot em up so not age appropriate in my humble opinion. Disney Affinity, Lego worlds and Rocket league would be good games for him at that age!
I wasn't suggesting the OP's grandson play Fortnite.. I only mentioned that, with a couple of other games that my son (nearly 13) plays.
I did suggest the Lego games would be suitable for the OP's grandson.
 

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You are doing the right thing by making sure he is in the room with you, try to resist a headset/microphone as long as you can, my lad is nine and some of his friends have potty mouths at that age! Fortnite may be a it difficult for a four year old and is a shoot em up so not age appropriate in my humble opinion. Disney Affinity, Lego worlds and Rocket league would be good games for him at that age!
I wasn't suggesting the OP's grandson play Fortnite.. I only mentioned that, with a couple of other games that my son (nearly 13) plays.
I did suggest the Lego games would be suitable for the OP's grandson.
The OP said it was one his grandson was wanting to play,

What is "Fortnite" like ?...I ask because that ones of the games he wants...

hadn't even read your post!?:)
 

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I apologise @rolyberkin. You are correct.. I missed that from the OP's post.

@Pete E . My son and I both think that Fortnite would not be suitable for a 4 year old. He most probably want to play as it's the most popular game at the moment, and it's free. The game is a PVP (Player versus Player) shoot-em-up.
Check the game out on Youtube as there is lots of footage on there. My lad sometimes streams him and his mates playing it.
 

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Thanks again gents..Rocket League is one of the ones we bought him to get him started, along with Crash Bandicoot..Will have a word with his mum about Fortnite but can't really over rule her, unless he is in my house...Will also keep an eye out for some of the other games mentioned...
 

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Please don't discount all the other influences,a 4 year old needs,that are not computer related.

Den building (construction) cooking (science) any park or open space (exercise)

There are some great,basic science sets,which are plenty simple enough for a youngster,with circuit design,crystal growing and many others... you want to see a group of kids faces,when you use an air-bed pump,to make water boil,after it has cooled... :)

I have had some "illuminating" conversations,over the years,with parents who have left their kids at ours,for a sleep-over,and asked for them not to be allowed any climbing or shooting...

This is perfectly acceptable,and was always respected,but then you learn that the same parents,allow them 20+ hours on a PC at weekend,shooting prostitutes and learning foul language...:eek:

We risk a generation of adults,with square eyes and fast thumbs,no legs,and a tube from their outlets,to the nearest drain...
 

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Please don't discount all the other influences,a 4 year old needs,that are not computer related.

Den building (construction) cooking (science) any park or open space (exercise)

There are some great,basic science sets,which are plenty simple enough for a youngster,with circuit design,crystal growing and many others... you want to see a group of kids faces,when you use an air-bed pump,to make water boil,after it has cooled... :)

I have had some "illuminating" conversations,over the years,with parents who have left their kids at ours,for a sleep-over,and asked for them not to be allowed any climbing or shooting...

This is perfectly acceptable,and was always respected,but then you learn that the same parents,allow them 20+ hours on a PC at weekend,shooting prostitutes and learning foul language...:eek:

We risk a generation of adults,with square eyes and fast thumbs,no legs,and a tube from their outlets,to the nearest drain...
I could not agree more! The problem is his dad is a game addict and he is passing that onto his son ...

Apart from the science part I have done everything you suggest plus countless other stuff. My OH and I are planning a few days away soon in Corwall and it looks like the little fella will be coming along.

Fishing, crabbing, kite flying and a remote controlled boat plus no doubt hours of footy will be on the agenda plus lots of other hands on and practical stuff...
 

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You have to make 'slime' with him... It's fun, messy and they love it. It's the 'in thing' at the moment. There are some good kits out there or you can just look up some ingredients on Youtube. Just don't get it on the carpet.
 

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Cheers, I will have a look for that, he would love it! I'm try to convince the OH I need to have a couple of ferrets again...I am a firm believer every lad should have ferrets and dogs while they are growing up...
 

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This is the kit we got. If you get it just make sure you mix the water and glue well or it doesn't work properly.
 
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I apologise @rolyberkin. You are correct.. I missed that from the OP's post.

@Pete E . My son and I both think that Fortnite would not be suitable for a 4 year old. He most probably want to play as it's the most popular game at the moment, and it's free. The game is a PVP (Player versus Player) shoot-em-up.
Check the game out on Youtube as there is lots of footage on there. My lad sometimes streams him and his mates playing it.
look up where the game got its roots... dayz standalone, where you can handcuff players and force feed them bleach or rotten food, then break their legs to let their character die slowly

apparently they updated it where you can cut steaks off of other players and become a cannibal
 

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look up where the game got its roots... dayz standalone, where you can handcuff players and force feed them bleach or rotten food, then break their legs to let their character die slowly

apparently they updated it where you can cut steaks off of other players and become a cannibal
Are you talking about 7 days To Die mate? That was pinched from Minecraft and Jeol from The Fun Pimps liked The Walking Dead and wanted to combine them both.
I've seen some of Dayz standalone on Youtube... I've seen players ger handcuffed but not the other stuff.... Why would you add the other stuff to a game anyhow is beyond me......
 
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Are you talking about 7 days To Die mate? That was pinched from Minecraft and Jeol from The Fun Pimps liked The Walking Dead and wanted to combine them both.
I've seen some of Dayz standalone on Youtube... I've seen players ger handcuffed but not the other stuff.... Why would you add the other stuff to a game anyhow is beyond me......
nah dayz standalone, they may not have actually added it to the game but they definitely tested it
 
4 years old sounds way too young to be using a playstation, my nephew of the same age can barely use his mum's touch screen phone for YouTube.
 

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4 years old sounds way too young to be using a playstation, my nephew of the same age can barely use his mum's touch screen phone for YouTube.
It's surprising how quickly young ones can master the consoles. I see nothing wrong in a 4 year old playing on them, as long as they are not playing stuff like Black OPs 4..
 
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