Fortnite is one of the most popular multiplayer games out there, but if you’re looking to team up with someone who’s in the same room as you, then you’ll need to know how to play split screen.
The arrival of split screen in Fortnite Chapter 2 was arguably one of the biggest changes to the way the battle royale can be played, letting two players drop onto the Island together on the same console.
In split screen mode, each player’s POV appears on one half of the screen to make for some great couch co-op play that doesn’t require headsets or microphones to communicate your battle plans.
However, many Fortnite fans are unaware that this feature even exists in the game, so we’ve put together a handy split screen guide to help you get started.
- Can you play split screen on Fortnite?
- How to play split screen
- When is split screen coming to Switch and PC?
- Which modes can be played with split screen?
- Split screen tips
Yes, you can play split screen in Fortnite. It was temporarily disabled for a while but since the v19.01 update in Chapter 3 Season 1, the ability to play in split-screen mode has been re-enabled by Epic Games.
This means you can hop into the Battle Bus once more to play some rounds with friends at home.
Follow these steps to enable the feature within your game:
- Head to the game’s main lobby on the main player’s account.
- Turn on the second controller, and log into the second player’s account when prompted.
- On the bottom of your screen, you’ll see the option to press your console’s corresponding Triangle (PlayStation) or Y (Xbox) button to log in Player Two to the game.
- Following this, both players should now appear within the lobby area of the game.
- That’s it – enjoy split screen Fortnite!
It’s worth noting that the game session will end if one player is disconnected, even if the other player remains in play. Players’ inventories will remain separate – meaning that you still have to collect your own items to craft and upgrade items.
Currently, split screen is only available on the PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices do not support this functionality, and Epic has not indicated that it will be enabled on those platforms anytime soon. We’ll update you right here if that changes.
As of now, split screen can only be used in Duos and Squads modes within the Battle Royale, when two players are connected to the same console.
This also applies to Creative, Limited Time Modes (LTMs), and Save the World. However, cross-play between console platforms does allow for shared screens.
While it can be enjoyable to play split screen with a friend, there are obvious drawbacks as a result of this. One of the most blatant disadvantages is that it cuts your screen size in half. This will undoubtedly have an impact on your in-game awareness.
This is why it’s of the utmost importance to prioritize teamwork and communication when playing split screen. Constantly relaying information to your split screen partner, and them doing the same, will make a huge difference in gunfights.
In addition, make sure you’re comfortable with the screen orientation when doing split screen in Fortnite. By default, your feeds will show horizontally, though this can be changed to vertically if that’s what you prefer. Testing out the different orientations can help you decide which works best for you and what looks best on your screen.
It’s also worth pointing out that playing Fortnite in split screen mode can sometimes lead to temporary glitches like a player’s inventory taking up the whole screen or interfering with the other player’s camera angle. In our experience, this is more common on the last generation of consoles eg. the PlayStation 4.
So, there you have it — that’s everything you need to know about how to do Fortnite split screen.
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