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

Play with all your friends in person in Minecraft

by Caleb Stultz


Minecraft is always a better time with your friends. Players who have been in the blocky world of Minecraft have always enjoyed sharing their space and good times with their pals. Whether it be to grief one another or help each other and bigger builds, playing split-screen with your friends, or your little sibling, is always a good time to be had in Minecraft. Today, we will show you how to play split-screen in Minecraft on PS4, Xbox, Switch, and PC.

How to Play Split-Screen in Minecraft on PS4, Xbox, 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.

Play Minecraft Split-Screen on PS4

To play split-screen on PS4, you will need two PS4 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.

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. Be sure to check out our other articles including how to find diamonds at the right level in Minecraft version 1.18.

Minecraft is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, mobile devices, and many other platforms.

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