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Call of Duty: MW3: Can You Play Split-Screen?

Call of Duty: MW3 features a robust Multiplayer mode, but can you play it split-screen with a friend? Here’s what you need to know.

While games have shifted away from couch co-op gaming and into live service, always online experiences, there are still players out there looking to game with a buddy shoulder to shoulder. Fortunately, the Call of Duty series has upheld the split-screen offering for the most part. However, in recent years, more and more modes have been cut, from Campaigns to Zombies, leaving many to wonder if it’ll be included in this year’s MW3. Below, we explain if you can play MW3 in split-screen, and if so, how.

Can You Play Split-Screen On MW3?

Yes, you can play Call of Duty: MW3 split-screen with one other player. You can only play split-screen in the Multiplayer and Private Multiplayer modes. The modes that don’t allow for split-screen in MW3 are the Campaign, Zombies, Ground War, Invasion, and Free-for-All. Additionally, split-screen is only available on PlayStation and Xbox and cannot be played on PC.

How to Play Split-Screen in MW3

To play split-screen in MW3, you must connect a second controller to your console. Then, on that controller, sign into an account and then press X (PlayStation) or A (Xbox) to join. The second player will need to sign into their Activision account or create one if they haven’t already. Below, you’ll find a complete breakdown of how to play split-screen:

  • Start MW3
  • Connect a second controller
  • Sign that controller into an account
  • Press X (PlayStation) or A (Xbox) to join that controller
  • Login or create an Activision account
The option to play split-screen in MW3

It is as simple as that. Once joined, you can go ahead and play any of the applicable Multiplayer modes. That’s everything you need to know about playing split-screen in MW3. For more guides just like this one, make sure to check out our Games Hub.

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  1. The latest update with ranked quick play has removed split screen options for Multiplayer Quick Play! The options are much more limited now.

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