Borderlands 3 Vertical Split Screen Problem

Vertical split screen in Borderlands 3 has been causing some havoc in the Borderlands community; namely, it’s just not in the game. This has disappointed many players, because the horizontal Borderlands 3 horizontal split screen has a number of problems, such as the subtitles being too small. Some people have also been having trouble figuring out how to play Borderlands 3 in split screen in general. Our Borderlands 3 Vertical Split Screen Problem guide is gonna address this issues and explain what’s going on.

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Borderland 3 Vertical Split Screen Problem
Borderlands 3 Vertical Split Screen Problem

Vertical Split Screen in Borderlands 3 – Is it There?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is no vertical split screen in Borderlands 3; at least, not at the time of writing. Given the outcry from the Borderlands 3 fan base, that might change in the future. Perhaps the developers will bring back the vertical split screen in a future patch. As it stands now, though, you’ll have to make do with the horizontal split screen.

That isn’t to say that there are no problems with the horizontal split screen, too, what with frame rate drops and the subtitles becoming completely illegible. We’ll get to that in a bit, though.

How to Activate Borderlands 3 Split Screen?

To activate the split screen in Borderlands 3, at the very start of the game, select Add Splitscreen. Then, select the game difficulty. After that, you’ll have to choose between Cooperation and Coopetition. These two modes are very, very different. In Cooperation, every player gets their own loot that the other player can’t steal from you. In Coopetition, everyone can pick up everything. You’ll have to work together more closely, communicating about what kind of ammo or guns you want, so that your partner leaves it alone. Or, just go ahead and eat up whatever you can, if you want to screw over the other player.

Then, after a slog of cutscenes that kinda set up the world your in and what your characters will be like, pick who you want to play as. When both players select their characters, you should be good to go on your epic adventure of vault-hunting together. Good luck.

One very, very important thing to note: the split screen co-op seems to be for console players only. As far as we know, there is no way for PC players to play with friends this way. For you, my friends, playing with friends online is the only option. I know, how shall you ever live in such a cruel world where you don’t have to squint to see what’s going on? Which brings me to our next point…

Borderlands 3 Split Screen – How to Enlarge Subtitles?

To increase the size of subtitles in Borderlands 3, go into Options. From there, scroll down to Accessibility, and select that. In this new sub-menu, scroll all the way down, to the Sound section. In there, you’ll find two sliders that might be of assistance to you. Subtitles & CC Size allows you to increase, well, the size of the subtitles. Subtitles & CC Opacity might help you see the letters better if you slide to the right.

So, this is a pretty simple workaround for all of you that are having trouble seeing the subtitles in split screen, which, as far as I can see, is all of you. Hopefully, the folks from Gearbox are also gonna put out a patch to fix this issue, so that you don’t have to bother with the settings.

4 Player Borderlands 3 Split Screen – Where is it?

There has been some talk around the internet about Borderlands 3 supporting four-player split screen on consoles. However, it doesn’t seem to be in the game right now, and I’m not sure if there is gonna be one. You can play four-player co-op online, but not via split screen. Perhaps this is an option that will become available at some point in the future, but I wouldn’t really count on that. It doesn’t really strike me as something that’s gonna happen.

If you're having trouble with other things in the game, you might want to check out some of the other guides we've written. We've listed the locations of Red Chests, Typhon Logs, Dead Claptrap Parts and Hijack Targets. We've explored the mission choices, like what happens when you side with Holder or Ramsden in On The Blood Path, or when you tell Rhys to keep or lose mustache in Atlas at Last. We've also covered secrets, like the one where you have to open the Holy Broadcast Center locked door.

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  1. C
    Carlos coimbra

    Hey brother, and the following, in my Xbox One BoorDelands 3 in the Divided Screen Mode, this with an absurd Lag, wanted to know if you know how to solve, because and so on the screen divided because in the Solo mode Nor suffer with Lag! Help me

    1. J

      Well, we’ve covered performance issues here. I don’t know if it’ll help you specifically, but it’s worth a shot. Good luck.

  2. S

    I have a little brother and sister I play with on borderland 2 splitscreen. So when borderland 3 came out we were a bit dissapointed. With only me and one of my sibiling playing while the other watch was a bit bland for me. Then there was this split screen lag when the other player open a menu during fights…… All of this red sign at the beginning of borderland 3 just kill my enthusiam for this game. ???

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