I have a game console (PS2) connected to my computer's graphics card via SCART>SCART2HDMI and a monitor connected via HDMI on a neighbouring input on the graphics card. My question is, is it possible to view the signal from the game console on my computers monitor? Do I need some extra hardware or software to do it?

For the sake of cable management I would like to not have to plug in the game console directly into my monitor, My monitor only has one HDMI input which I wish to keep connected to my computer.

  • This is unclear… you have a graphics card with inputs?? What is it? If it has inputs there's a likelihood it could be persuaded to hairpin. 99/100 graphics cards have no input, they're pretty darn specialist, designed for video capture. I very much suspect you will have one of the 99, in which case this is not possible.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 12:28
  • @Tetsujin Sorry I'm not sure what you're talking about, there's nothing special about my setup just a graphics card (RTX 3070) with some HDMI jacks. Do you mean that all 3 jacks are output only? I'd feel really stupid if that was the case
    – Angel S
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 16:31
  • Graphics cards are output devices, almost exclusively. Cards with input are known generally as 'capture' cards & marketed specifically for that purpose. Randomly googled sample - pcgamer.com/best-capture-card-for-pc-gaming Some have passthrough.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 16:37
  • @Tetsujin I see, well thank you, you learn something new everyday I guess. You'll have to forgive my confusion because when I googled "can I use my HDMI port for input" the top result was yes
    – Angel S
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 16:41
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    @Tetsujin Huh That's strange, well actually my exact search was "can I use my HDMI for input" which results in a yes answer but when I add the word port the answer changed to no. I thought Capture cards where for recording signals, I never would have guessed you needed them simply to receive but admitedly I am not at all knowllegable on the subject. I guess that's all there's to it, I'm probably going to have to hook the console directly to the monitor then. Thank you for your help
    – Angel S
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 16:48

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A software/hardware solution would be to use a capture card + some application that displays it fullscreen on the monitor, e.g. VLC.

But my recommendation of a much simplier and cheaper setup would be to just buy and use any HDMI switch. Then you won't need to mess with cables to change what goes onto the screen.

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