Modern Warfare 2 split screen - Can you play co-op?

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July 24, 2023: Season 4 Reloaded is underway and we've got all the MW2 split screen intel you need to know.

There are few things that beat sitting down with a friend and playing a game while in the same room. With Season 4 Reloaded in full swing, the topic of Modern Warfare 2 split screen is on the minds of those wanting to pair up and drop into the action.

Although many prefer to join forces from the comfort of their own homes, there's still a demand for split-screen action in Activision's hugely successful shooter franchise. If all goes to plan, Modern Warfare 2 split screen will allow you to play couch co-op with ease.

Before we take a closer look at Modern Warfare 2 split screen, don't forget to check out our other guide showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 guns to use in multiplayer and intel on the Modern Warfare 2 maps.

Does Modern Warfare 2 have split screen?

Although Infinity Ward hasn't revealed any information surrounding Modern Warfare 2 split screen, multiplayer and the revamped Special Ops mode includes the feature.

However, if you're looking for a split screen experience on PC, there's a high possibility of the platform not including it meaning you can only use it on the console versions of the game. Of course, this is based on what Vanguard had so if anything changes, we will update the guide with the latest intel once the game launches.

How to play Modern Warfare 2 split screen

Just like the previous Call of Duty titles, Modern Warfare 2 split screen will be easy to set up. First of all, get your friend to switch on a second controller then sign into their PlayStation or Xbox account. If they don't have one, log in as a guest.

Once they've logged in, select your preferred game modes and begin searching. It's worth noting that if you want to play online, the second player needs to have an active Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription. If they don't, you're limited to playing locally against bots and each other.

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Does Modern Warfare 2 split screen work?

Modern Warfare 2 split screen works as intended. Black Ops Cold War split screen contained a wealth of game-breaking bugs so there's always a chance things don't run smoothly.


Having tested it, it's a fun way to battle it out against your friends but if you're after the full multiplayer experience, it's better to squad up online with a group of friends.

That's everything we know about Modern Warfare 2 split screen so far. For more, check out our guides highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG to use along with intel on the next Modern Warfare 2 double XP event.

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