How to Play Split-Screen in Minecraft on PS5, PS4, Xbox, Switch, and PC

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by Gordon Bicker , Caleb Stultz
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Minecraft players will no doubt be familiar with how important the community aspect of the game is and many of those players will also enjoy playing with others in their family perhaps even with split-screen. This means that people need a quick way to boot up the game and pass another controller/keyboard to someone else in order to build the creations of their dreams together. No matter what incredible seeds you are planning on exploring, the knowledge is excellent to have. This article will take you through how to play Splut-Screen in Minecraft on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Playing Split-Screen in Minecraft on PS5, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC

To play split-screen on any gaming console, you will need a second controller for that second set of hands to play with. Also, your game must run on a monitor or screen that is in 720p resolution or higher. For most TVs for consoles this also won’t be much of an issue, if you are playing with modern hardware from anywhere past the late 2000s you will likely have a TV that has a resolution that is higher than 720p. You will be able to play Split-screen in the game once you have followed all of the steps listed below for your respective platform.

Play Minecraft Split-Screen on PS5 and PS4

To play split-screen on PlayStation, you will need two PlayStation controllers and then start up your game. Wait for the game to load in and turn on the second controller. After you have loaded in and the second controller is turned on, press the “Options” button, and a notification with a second controller will appear on the screen. After you have seen the notification, press “X” to join in. You can also include a third and fourth controller to the split-screen game, too.

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Play Minecraft Split-Screen on Xbox

Once you open Minecraft on your Xbox, turn on both controllers as you open up your new world together. Once the world has loaded in, simply turn on the second controller and wait for the notification to pop up to add the second player to play split-screen with. As with the Playstation, there can be up to four players on Xbox.

Play Minecraft Split-Screen on PC

Playing split-screen on PC is harder than console because of the configuration of controls for two players and the mods needed to set up on your PC to play with a friend in-person. To play split-screen on PC, you will need Minecraft Forge to allow for two players to play on one Minecraft account. You can find the Minecraft Forge mod here. Follow the instructions on the site to learn how to play split-screen on PC.

Play Minecraft Split-Screen on the Nintendo Switch

Rather than four players the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft only allows three players to play at the same time. For that to be possible, each gamer will need their own complete joy-con controller. A horizontal half-controller will not work to play Minecraft on the Switch. Once you have the controllers ready, load into Minecraft and turn on the other controllers and wait for the notification to pop up to allow them to enter your game.

And that is how to play split-screen in Minecraft. You can now get back to finding out how to find diamonds at the right level in Minecraft version 1.18.

Minecraft is available at this very moment for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and PC.

- This article was updated on January 30th, 2023

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Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.