How to play Fortnite split screen

Ava Thompson-Powell
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If you’re wondering if you can play Fortnite in split-screen mode, then here’s everything you need to know about playing the game locally with another person.

Split screen in Fortnite lets you team up with your friends locally on a single console. If you’re wondering how you can play local co-op in the beloved Battle Royale from Epic Games then we’ve got everything you need to know about split-screen in the game right here.

From the modes you can use in split screen to exactly how to set up the feature, here’s a full rundown of split screen in Fortnite.


How to play split screen in Fortnite

You can currently play Fortnite in split-screen on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Follow these steps to enable the feature within your game:

  1. Head to the game’s main lobby on the main player’s account.
  2. Turn on the second controller, and log into the second player’s account when prompted.
  3. 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.
  4. Following this, both players should now appear within the lobby area of the game.
  5. 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.

When is split screen coming to Switch and PC?

We don’t currently know when or if split screen for Fortnite will make its way to Nintendo Switch and PC in the future.

Since the feature initially launched for PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Epic has not indicated that it will be enabled on Switch or PC. If news about the feature for either platform is confirmed in the future we’ll be sure to update this page.

An image showing the Split Screen feature in Fortnite for Duos and SquadsOnly Duos and Squads can be played in split screen.

Which modes can be played with split screen?

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, crossplay between console platforms does allow for shared screens.

Split screen tips

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 previous generation of consoles, such as the PS4.

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