One of the best additions to Fortnite in recent times has been the ability to play the game in split-screen mode. This feature allows two players without a second console to enjoy Battle Royale together on one screen. Split Screen mode in Fortnite is great for letting your friends or family play with you. There are a few limitations, but it’s primarily intended to give the game away for free—or at least part of it. Here’s how you can play Fortnite in split-screen mode:
Play on a compatible system, such as Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.
While Fortnite is available on just about every system out there, split-screen mode is only available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The 2019 update includes a new way to play the game that allows you to split your screen into two smaller screens. We’re approaching 2021 and are still without any update on when the split-screen mode will be available – until then, the new mode is only playable on consoles. If you have either Series X, Series S, or PS5 gaming consoles you can enjoy frame rates of up to 60 frames per second now!
How to Play in split-screen mode
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Getting a friend to join in on the fun is an easy process, but before you start be sure that you have two PlayStation Network accounts and controllers handy. To get split-screen mode running with your co-op partner, follow these steps::
- Open Fortnite and navigate to the main menu.
- Plug a second controller into your console and make sure it’s powered on.
- Once your friend has been connected, they should be asked to choose their account.
- After signing in, the second player will be available to play on the Fortnite lobby.
There is nothing more to it! If your kids have been pestering you constantly for a split-screen Fortnite game, there’s no need to endure their whining any longer.
Not all game modes currently support full-screen split-screen.
when playing in split-screen on Fortnite, the players will only be matched up with other individuals who are also using their games in this mode. This would lead to an unfair advantage in a battle royale because two people on the same couch could coordinate their attacks together and effectively work as a team against all the single-player gamers. A single player mode is not compatible with split-screen play. You’ll also be unable to play in creative or Team Rumble modes.
Playing Fortnite, one of the ways to play with two people at a time is using “squads” or “duos.” These two modes are only available on consoles and Epic Games has given no word about how they plan to change this in the future.
You might also want to consider that:
- If a player disconnects during the split-screen session, it will automatically detect this and end the video stream.
- You and your partner won’t see the lobby or game menu during split-screen mode because screen sharing only starts when a match is in session..
- The player inventory will not be shared.
- Players should both set their language settings to the same one before playing on split-screen.
Tips for playing in split-screen mode
One of the downsides to playing Fortnite in split-screen is that you’ll be cutting your screen size in half. This makes teamwork and communication important because it will often be up to your teammate to let you know what they see on the other side of the screen. The split-screen option only allows for horizontal viewing, and you can’t switch back to vertical. This might be okay if you enjoy your co-op with a friend running horizontally, but players who prefer the vertical view may have a hard time adjusting. If you’re mindful of these drawbacks, the split-screen mode can be very fun and provide an introduction into Fortnite for friends.