How to Play Split-Screen in Modern Warfare 2

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Modern Warfare 2

It was fun when we have split-screen games and you can play at home with your friends, but with the release of Call of Duty: United Offense, the Call of Duty franchise unlocked a door that began a new era of online multiplayer action. And from that moment onward, the fanbase would experience tremendous expansion and even many international tournaments start popping up that made the COD franchise a competitive shooter. But, even though many players love online multiplayer, some would rather play with their friends on split-screen, like in the olden days.

Players who want to relive the glory days of split-screen multiplayer can do in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But setting it up may be a little more challenging than before without guidance.

How To Setup Splitscreen

You should keep in mind that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 only supports two players, unlike the earlier days of split-screen which allowed up to four players to play together. So, to set up split-screen multiplayer, players will need an extra controller or a keyboard and mouse. Once players connect the additional device, they will have to link it to an Xbox or PlayStation profile, so players can either use an existing profile located on the console or log in with their separate account.

Start MW2, and once they reach the main menu, the second player should press the prompted button to join the game (X for PlayStation, A for Xbox, or Space for K/M). At this point, the second player must log into their Activision ID profile or play without one. Players that log into their Activision ID will gain access to all their weapons, field upgrades, and loadouts based on their player rank. But, players that choose not to use an Activision ID will have to use default loadouts, which don’t always have the best tactical gear or perks.


Game Modes that Support Split-Screen in COD: MW2

You cant play split-screen multiplayer in all game modes. Most notably, players won’t be able to play split-screen multiplayer for Spec Ops, Free-For-All, Ground War, and Invasion.

If you want to try to join one of these game modes on split-screen, the game will alert them that player two must disconnect the controller.

Check out the list of supported game modes:

  • 3rd Person Moshpit
  • Search And Destroy
  • Headquarters
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Hardpoint
  • Prisoner Rescue
  • Domination
  • Team Deathmatch
  • Knock Out

Players can use Quick Play to start a split-screen multiplayer match, but they’ll need to filter out Free-For-All, or it won’t allow them to start. Private Matches also supports split-screen multiplayer and lets players play Free-For-All, so if you wish to play that game mode can create a Private Match.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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