How to Use Split-Screen in Minecraft

How to Split Screen on 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 for consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox).

Also, your screen needs to support at least the 720p resolution (PlayStation Vita doesn’t support split-screen because of its low resolution). You’ll need to connect your console 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.


As previously mentioned, you’ll need a console or a TV screen with 720p, or even better 1080p resolution. Also, you need to sync the video output of your console accordingly. This is fairly easy to do, just go to your console Settings, followed by System, then Console Settings, and finally Display.

Set the resolution to 720p or 1080p. You won’t be able to split your screen otherwise. Another console that doesn’t support the split-screen is Wii U GamePad. The Nintendo Switch version of the game and even the older model of this console support split-screen, even without a TV, because its native screen is 720p, unlike the 480p screen on the Wii U Gamepad.

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 will be loads of fun. Let’s start with tips for local split-screen, and later online split-screen will be explained as well.

How to Split-screen Locally in Minecraft

Local split-screen refers to playing on a single console, not to be mistaken with LAN (local area network) play. Here’s how to set up a local split-screen in Minecraft:

  1. Make sure your screen display is 720p or higher, and that your console is synced to this resolution if using a TV screen. Connect the console to the screen with an HDMI or a component cable.
  2. Open Minecraft and select Play Game. Then click on Create a New World if you want to start anew, or load a previous world from the game list.
  3. On the next screen, uncheck the Online game option. Set the difficulty and press Load.
  4. Once you enter the world, tap the start button on your console controller. This button is different for every controller so check the user manual if you can’t find it.
  5. Select the account for the other player, the one using said controller. Sign in and they’ll join your game almost instantly. You can split your screen in four ways using this method, meaning that you can play with up to three more people at a time.

If you don’t have additional accounts for the other players, you can create as many local accounts as you want. Just load the Xbox guide menu, press X to sign out, and choose Create Profile. These accounts don’t need an Xbox Live subscription for the split-screen feature to work.

How to Split-screen Online in Minecraft

You can play Minecraft on a split-screen with your friends, even online. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Sign in to your console with your Xbox Live Gold account. Silver and local accounts won’t be able to join. Your friends can join locally (on the same console) using guest accounts from your Xbox Live Gold account.
  2. Open Minecraft on your console and choose Play Game. Load an existing world or create a new one.
  3. This time, make sure the Online game option has a checkmark next to it. Set the difficulty and select Load.
  4. A sign-in window will pop up on the screen. This is when other players can press A on their controller to join, using guest accounts. Gold accounts can join at any time, but guests can only join at the beginning.
  5. After starting the world, you’ll be able to play online, with a split-screen with up to four people per console. However, an additional four people can join online. They just need to be on your Xbox Live friends list and click on join game.

Note that people joining your split-screen session online will also need to have Xbox Live Gold accounts to participate.

Enjoy Playing Minecraft with Friends

Minecraft’s an interesting, fun and creative game. Like any game, it’s better when you play with your friends. You can now split the screen and play Minecraft, just 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 like on the console. There are third-party screen-splitting tools online that you could look into, but they’re not official.

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