connect wii u to laptop ?

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  1. agent6767
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    i'm buying a wii u and i don't have a decent tv screen in my room
    i was wondering if it is possible to connect the wii to my laptop ?
     
  2. Rydian

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    Only if your laptop has a capture card. And if you don't know if it does, then it doesn't. Capture cards in laptops are very rare and only show up by default in business and media lines aimed towards professionals (meaning not sold at best buy).

    While you COULD get an external capture card, chances are you'll be limited to USB and there will be latency issues with playing, which you do not want.
     
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    if you got HDMI input port ( limited on laptops but do exist) then you could possibly , but otherwise as rydian says
     
  4. agent6767
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    i've got an HDMI port but i guess it's an output port not input
     
  5. tbgtbg

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    Looking around, you could probably get an LCD TV for your room bigger than your laptop screen's size for less than an HDMI to USB capture device would cost. Component is cheaper, but still, probably better off putting the money towards a TV. Definitely don't go down to composite.

    Can't some games play on the WiiU's controller screen? Might be an option to bide your time until you can get a good TV.
     
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    u certainly hav a point ! thank u
     
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    Yea. If you can't afford or want a big TV for your room, you could at least get something like a 22" LCD monitor. You could hook it up to your Wii U and your laptop. Although, I prefer more of the 25" size if you can afford that.
     
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    I found myself in a similar position, so here is what I've learned from experience...

    Capture card pros:
    - You can capture your gameplay from any console. (If you're into recording videos of your gaming)
    - It's entirely portable. (That is, as portable as your console and laptop)
    - Can be a lot cheaper than a TV. (Depending on your quality requirements)

    Capture card cons:
    - Smaller screen size than any reasonable monitor
    - Worse quality
    - Sometimes there are lag issues
    - If you plan on using a Wiimote, the top or bottom of a laptop monitor is not a good placement for a sensor bar like with a TV.


    Right now I'm in Japan for a few months, so I couldn't bring a TV with me... I did however manage to stuff in my Wii U. Under my circumstances my only option to make use of games that require the main screen was to get a capture card. I'm trying to save money so an HDMI capture device was out of budget. I just went with EasyCap. (Very cheap, ~$10 on Amazon). I already had composite cables for my Wii U so I just plugged it straight in. The software that comes with it is a piece of crap, but I found that xsplit is very useful for playing from a capture device. (It's designed for streaming to sites like twitch, but you can still play offline and even record offline no problem.) I've noticed that the video quality is pretty poor (as I expected), but it's still playable. And there is no significant lag so that is a really good sign!

    Just something to keep in mind. If quality is important to you and you're doing this long term, it's probably better to get a TV or an HD capture device. However, if you're looking more short term on a small budget, there are some really cheap ones that can tide you over.
     
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    Yeah, that's why I recommend PCI-E over USB. Better latency and resolution/quality.
     
  10. agent6767
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    thanks alot man , i think i'm giving the capture card a try !
     
  11. WarMachine77

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    Wait, I just purchased an easycap for 9.99. Don't mean to threadjack, but is there going to be some delay in the pass through/latency issues? Many users reported none but it was limited to 480p
     
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    Depends on the model and settings, a cheap one that doesn't even try to do any upscaling or correction (which is good because the less post-processing, the less latency introduced) might not have the issue (but will likely have other limits).
     
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    You should maybe try a GameBoy Screen? May Work?...................
    ............(I'm not high, at least not that much)
     
  14. Carnivean

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    Capture cards are always going to have a delay, even high end pci-e ones like blackmagic introduce 2-4 frames lag on average. Cheap capture devices coupled with composite are pretty much always going to look somewhat crappy and have some degree of lag. Also be aware that games designed around HD will potentially have some real issues with text readability if you're using a low resolution over HD.

    Amarec is a pretty good go to software for capture cards if you really want to go that route.