How to Use Split-Screen in Minecraft

Do you remember the good old days when you played console games with your friends on a split-screen? You can now evoke those memories and create some fantastic new ones using Minecraft split-screen. Unfortunately, this option is only available on consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox).

How to Use Split-Screen in Minecraft

Your console or TV screen needs to support at least the 720p resolution. PlayStation Vita doesn’t support split-screen because it is qHD (1/4 of 1080p). WiiU doesn’t support split-screen either because it only has 480p resolution. For qualifying devices, you’ll need to connect them to a TV screen using an HDMI or RGB component cable.

Read on for further information and detailed steps on splitting the screen in Minecraft.

Minecraft Splitscreen Requirements

As briefly mentioned, you’ll need a console and a TV screen with 720p or higher. Also, you need to set the video resolution of your console to match the TV. This process is relatively easy to do. Go to your console’s settings and work your way to the display options. PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Switch usually automatically set the resolution when using HDMI, although previous manual adjustments may cause an issue requiring manual reconfiguration.

You can split the screen in Minecraft locally or online. The local split-screen can accommodate up to four players at a time. If you have a big TV screen, playing with friends or family is loads of fun. Let’s start with tips for local split-screen, and later, the online split-screen will get explained as well.

How to Split-Screen Minecraft Locally

Local split-screen refers to playing on a single console, not being mistaken with LAN (local area network) play where several devices get used. Up to four players can join on any given device. The instructions to play Minecraft in split-screen mode vary slightly for each game console, but the instructions below will cover them all.

Here’s how to set up a ‘local’ split-screen in Minecraft:

  1. Connect the console to the TV with an HDMI or component cable, then launch Minecraft.
  2. Select “Create New” if you want to start fresh, or load a previous world from the game list.
  3. In the “Multiplayer” settings, slide “Multiplayer Game” to the off position.
  4. Set the difficulty and other game options to your liking.
  5. Choose “Create” or “Play” to launch the game.
  6. Use a different controller to activate the second player on the console, then select the correct button(s) to add them to Minecraft. For example, the PS4 uses the “PS” button to activate a user and the “Options” button (pressed twice) to add the second player to Minecraft.
  7. Select the account for the other player (if not done already). XBOX 360 and PS3 use the Minecraft Legacy Console Edition, so you first press “Start” on the second controller to get in the game, then it will prompt the user to log into the console.

How to Split-Screen Minecraft Online

You can play Minecraft on a split-screen with your friends locally, while also playing with others online. In other words, online play is not on a split-screen, but two or more local players get the split-screen while playing with those who are online. Here’s how to set split-screen up for online play.

  1. Sign in to your console with your Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus account. For XBOX 360 and XBOX One, local accounts and players on XBOX Live Silver (the free Live subscription) cannot join. PS3 doesn’t require PlayStation Plus but PS4 does.
  2. For Minecraft Legacy editions, open on your console and choose “Play Game,” then “Load” or “Create.” For Bedrock editions, select “Create New” or select a game on your list.
  3. Adjust your game options to your liking and launch your game. On Bedrock, go to the “Multiplayer” menu and ensure “Multiplayer Game” is turned on before starting the game.
  4. Other “remote” players select your invitation (required) to join your hosted game. Split-screen functionality only works on a per-console basis with up to 4 people, but they can play online with others.

Minecraft’s an interesting, fun, and creative game. Like any other game, it’s better when you play with your friends. You can now split the screen and play Minecraft, like playing those older console games with other players.

PC users might feel left out, which is understandable. If you have a big monitor screen, it’s a shame you can’t split it and do the same thing as on a console. There are third-party screen-splitting tools online that you could look into, but they’re not official and may not be reliable.

16 thoughts on “How to Use Split-Screen in Minecraft”

Steve harper says:
How do I enable pvp in split screen?
Steve Larner says:
First, it depends on what system you’re using, but in general, you turn off online playing, then you add local players. This process launches the split-screen. You can have up to four local players in a split-screen setup.
John says:
Can I split the screen on the servers like mineplex or the others
Gabriel Sisnando says:
This is also available on PS5?
Shane says:
When using one console to play splitscreen multiplayer online, does every account on the console need a psn account?
Steve Larner says:
No, not everyone needs a PSN account to play Minecraft online multiplayer from the same console, but one of them does need to have PSN Plus.
Kaito says:
bruh this is completely useless how do i split the mf screen on switch bc its not working
Steve Larner says:
Just like any other console version of Minecraft, online multiplayer in Nintendo Switch is not split-screen because each player is on their own screen remotely. For Minecraft in Nintendo Switch, players can join your game by attaching their controller and pressing “+” within the game to connect. You can have up to 4 players using split-screen, but it has to be local, not online. Each person can use Joy Con’s or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to play.
Michael Wallace says:
can t b is be done on the ps4 as well?
Steve Larner says:
Yes, PlayStation 4 offers Minecraft split-screen.

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