How To Play PS4 With Broken HDMI Port

Today, we would find out how to play PS4 with a broken HDMI port. Video game consoles have become an integral piece of electronics in the living room of many people, especially the younger generation. Nowadays, gaming is not just a hobby or pastime for some; it is the means of earning a living for competitive gamers and a source of bragging rights for others.

Few things are as frustrating as building anticipation in your heart about the gaming session you’re about to commence, and then for any reason, the console doesn’t work as it should.

It can be such a morale-sapping moment when you check and realize that the HDMI port has been broken. The discovery of a bad HDMI port can seem like a hopeless situation because the PS4 has only one means of display output– the HDMI port!

However, this article would show you how to enjoy your gaming sessions even if you don’t have a working HDMI port; let’s dive in.

Play PS4 With Broken HDMI Port Using PlayStation Remote Play

If you would play your PS4 with a bad HDMI Port, you can only do it via Remote Play. Remote Play is a feature first introduced in the PlayStation 3 and every PlayStation console since then.

With Remote Play, you can output your PS4’s video and audio output to another device; the device you want to use as your display output could be a Windows or macOS computer or an iOS or Android smartphone.

Steps To Play PS4 With Broken HDMI Port On Windows PC

The process for using Remote Play on all supported devices is similar; however, we would be using a Windows PC to show you the steps:

Step #1

First, you would need to download and install the official PlayStation Remote Play app; you can do this by going to the Remote Play website. Select your device type from the options you see and download the installer file.

Step #2

Open the installer file and install the software; the process is straightforward, but you can make alterations as you deem fit.

Step #3

Open the newly-installed Remote Play app using the shortcut on your desktop. Click Settings and set the Resolution and Frame Rate as high.

Step #4

Click the Sign In button, enter your PSN login information, and click OK. Ensure that the account you are signing into is the same account logged in on the PS4 and activated as primary.

Step #5

Ensure your PS4 is switched on and in Rest mode; connect it to the same network as your computer, the best means of doing this is via an ethernet connection. 

You need your PS4 and computer connected to the same network so that the PS4 is automatically registered. If both devices are not on the same network, you would need to provide a pin to verify your attempted login; however, you can’t do this since you don’t have a working HDMI.

Step #6

Press the Start button; after a short search (around 30-40 seconds), it should find your PS4 and switch it on. You would notice the PS4 Remote Play window now displays what your TV usually would if you connected it via HDMI and switched it on.

Step #7

You would notice you can only use the arrow keys to navigate the PS4 but can’t start anything on the console. To start controlling your PS4 fully, you would need to use a USB cable to connect your DualShock 4 controller to the computer, and the game would automatically recognize your controller.

Once you follow these steps, you will be ready to game on your PS4 with a broken HDMI port.

Note: Remote Play needs an internet connection to work; this means that if you use your mobile data as a means of connection, you should be ready for the data charges. Also, the better your internet connection, the more seamless the gaming experience will be; on the official website, Sony advises that at least 5MB/s internet speeds are required and recommends 15MB/s speed. 

Related: How To Connect PS4 To Laptop With HDMI

What Are The System Requirements To Run Remote Play On PC?

The Remote Play app streams your PS4’s activities to other devices, so it doesn’t demand too much. The recommended system requirements for Remote Play on PC are as follows:

  • Operating System — Windows 8.1/10
  • Processor — Intel Core i5-560M Processor (2.67 GHz)
  • Memory — 2GB RAM
  • Storage — 100 MB