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Can You Play Split Screen in MW2?

Split screen has featured in every Call of Duty title since Call of Duty 2 allowing players to team up on the battlefield using just one console. But is the feature returning in MW2?

Whether it is to play alongside each other in multiplayer or even to 1 vs. 1 in a private match, playing on one screen can be a lot of fun!

MW2 features three separate modes in Multiplayer, Spec Ops and Campaign so fans will be eager to know if they can play together locally!

Here is everything you need to know about split screen in every MW2 mode!

Split Screen in MW2

Can You Play Split Screen in MW2 Multiplayer?

The only current method to play MW2 multiplayer split screen is by playing in a private match.

Online Multiplayer does not allow you to play with a split screen.

Players attempting to play the following modes are being told the Quick Play game modes do not support split screen:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Free-For-All
  • Domination
  • Search & Destroy
  • Headquarters
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Hardpoint
  • Knock Out
  • Ground War
  • Invasion
Split Screen MW2 Quick Play message

It is not yet clear if this message is an error as the Quick Play modes do not display a warning message before you search for a game. Whereas, the following two modes make clear that split screen is not supported.

  • 3rd Person Moshpit
  • Prisoner Rescue
MW2 Split Screen Warning for 3rd Person Moshpit
Split Screen Warning for 3rd Person Moshpit

How To Play Split-Screen in MW2 Multiplayer

To play split screen in MW2:

  • Connect secondary input device to console – Controller or Keyboard and Mouse
  • Follow the prompt in the top right corner to connect device to MW2
  • Secondary user will then be asked to login into an Activision account
    • Login or create a new account as required
  • You can now play split screen
Split Screen Prompt in MW2
Split Screen Prompt in MW2

Can You Play Split-Screen Without Two Activision Accounts?

No, you will need to have two Activision accounts in order to play split screen. Once you have connected the controller you will not be given an option to play as a guest.

If you do not have a secondary Activision account you can set one up on Activision’s Sign Up page!

Can You Play Split Screen in Spec Ops MW2?

Unfortunately for those hoping to play Spec Ops with a friend or family member on the same screen, you will not be able to do so.

You will be prompted with a message saying each mission is “unavailable to play when a split screen player is connected”.

Spec Ops Split Screen Not Available MW2

Fans will also be disappointed to find that there is no split screen in the Campaign. However, you may want to know can you play MW2’s Campaign in Co-Op?

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Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

I specifically bought this game because we very much enjoy playing split screen team deathmatch online the campaign mode isn't all that and vanguard campaign was better. Overall disappointed. Seems like the game was rushed more than anything. Tells me I can't play with split screen with my fiancee online for team deathmatch. My favorite highlight of every COD. Waste of money


Monday 31st of October 2022

Can anyone tell me if split screen works ? Team deathmatch ??


Saturday 29th of October 2022

You can play split screen yall!!! Have the other player sign in solo as well and accept all agreements etc.

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

@Amber, my fiancé is unable to use my loadouts or upgrade her own though and she uses a separate account.


Sunday 30th of October 2022

You are right :)


Sunday 30th of October 2022

@Amber, No way ?


Saturday 29th of October 2022

My wife and I have always played multiplayer split screen, for every CoD game. The Modern Warfare remaster took a few weeks to get the split screen functionality working, so I hope MWII will as well.


Saturday 29th of October 2022

I bought this game so me and my girlfriend can play split screen together. Very disappointing