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Games are always better with friends and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is no exception. The latest entry to the Call of Duty franchise has the option for split-screen in certain modes, allowing you to get competitive with a friend in the same room.

Split-screen games are rare to come by nowadays, and although it hasn’t received a whole lot of love in Black Ops Cold War, the mode is still a lot of fun. Setting it up though can be a bit confusing. The process is somewhat familiar to previous games, but there are a few new hoops that you’ll need to jump through.

On the game’s release, Black Ops Cold War’s split-screen capabilities were shoddy to say the least. In multiplayer, crashes were frequent, and in zombies. However, a pre-Season One patch rectified that, and while it is still a little clunky, you can at least now join forces and play split-screen without the fear of your game having a meltdown.

So, without further ado, here’s how to set up split-screen games in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on console.


If you’re looking to play Cold War’s multiplayer with a friend in the same room, then you can – but only on console. Sadly split-screen isn’t an option for PC players at the moment, and Treyarch hasn’t commented if that option will be available any time soon.

If you’re on console though, then setting up split-screen multiplayer takes only a minute or two, but there’s a couple of caveats. If you’re looking to play online, then each additional user must have access to an account with Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. If they don’t, then you’ll be restricted to playing local modes only.