MW2 Split Screen Online Doesn't Work Explained (2022)

Can you play split-screen online in Modern Warfare 2 2022? The multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has finally arrived. And it has come filled to the brim with various modes and playlists. There are plenty of game modes to choose from, but some players are worried that one of the staples – MW2 split screen online – is omitted this time around. So, is there an online splitscreen co-op in COD MW2 2022? Here’s what we know.

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MW2 Split Screen Online Doesn't Work Explained (2022)
MW2 Split-Screen Online

Modern Warfare 2 Split Screen Online Doesn’t Work

At launch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 offers a handful of game modes and playlists for gamers to play. However, there’s one particular group that still enjoys playing the game locally in split-screen with their friends. While developers in this day and age are rapidly dropping couch local play, even for many dedicated co-op games, that wasn’t the case with the Call of Duty franchise. Four previous COD games – Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare 2019, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard – all boasted seamless online splitscreen play. And currently, it appears that Modern Warfare 2 will not continue that tradition.

Namely, split screen does not work in quick play matches or any other online modes in MW2 at the moment. It only works in offline private matches, playing against bots. But that’s hardly a challenge and not something people play COD games for. At the time of writing, it is unclear if this is one of many bugs currently plaguing the game or an intended change.

However, there is hope. In MW19, up until recently, there was a bug which prevented players from playing split screen online, and it was actually fixed in a very recent patch. Thus, developers, Infinity Ward, might fix it in MW2 2022 as well. Reddit user Diffendoofer reports that his girlfriend “is able to join the lobby and everything. Error message isn’t displayed until you start matchmaking”. This indicates that split-screen online should work, but it’s currently glitched. For now, that’s all we know. We will update the article once we have more information.

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17 COMMENTS

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    Bebark Iqbal

    cheers, update if u get anything

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      RG

      Guys, good news – the issue has been fixed and you can play online multiplayer in split screen now – my girl and me are already enjoying!

      Sadly the weapon customization is buggy für the second player like in mw1 – hopefully it’ll be fixed in future as well

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    Andrej Milanović

    Main reason we bought this game was because of split screen online ,which you can’t play. If they don’t sort it soon ,I think I ll ask for refund.

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    Destiny Vargas

    My game let us join as split screen my boyfriend and I was so looking forward to this !! We can’t get it to work ! Pre ordered this game. I’m so sad .

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    Samm Clark

    If this is the case, I will go full Karen, ask to speak with a manager and demand a refund 🤣

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    Rachelle

    My husband and I are in the same boat. Probably going to ask for a refund. This is so stupid…

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      lethihat

      In order to play split screen :
      1) the main account needs to have a ps plus and activision account

      2) second player account does not need ps plus but does need an activision account. So if your friend does not have a playstation account go create one as well as an activision account. It’s free. Or use one of your secondary playstation account if you have one (note that with a simple playstatî guest account you cannot play split screen as you need activision).

      Once these two conditions are filled:

      – if when you add the second remote they say you have to remove one player > you have to filter out « free for all» because it cannot be played in split screen

      – if when you add the second remote they say that the second account needs a ps plus then you have to go into the main account playstation settings > other >make sure the « Share console and games offline » is activated.

      These two things has fixed my issues.

      I play with my friends split screen online and it works great.

      Sorry for my bad english I am french lol

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    Kat

    I think this is absolutely crap!! Bought this game to play with hubby- very misleading (want money back) £100 for not being able to enjoy the game…. should be ashamed of themselves! False advertising 😑

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    Rudy

    This is crap maybe the next update will fix the split screen issue.

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    Brady

    Agree. We bought specifically to play split screen. Please enable this feature!

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    Soo Pissed

    Extremely misleading. If they don’t fix or at least mention an upcoming fix, I’m returning it. Only play split screen with my girl.

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    Ignacio

    Same here but I found if u play prisoner rescue which it’s on the quick games section u can actually play with splitted screen. But if u try to play multiplayer won’t work. Hope they fix it

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    Jon

    Hey guys, me and my girlfriend have been playing call of duty split screen since black ops one zombies. What a culture shock that we are unable to play our favorite game anymore together b******t WHO else is with me let’s return this mofo and tell them what we really feel like.

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    lethihat

    In order to play split screen :
    1) the main account needs to have a ps plus and activision account

    2) second player account does not need ps plus but does need an activision account. So if your friend does not have a playstation account go create one as well as an activision account. It’s free. Or use one of your secondary playstation account if you have one (note that with a simple playstatî guest account you cannot play split screen as you need activision).

    Once these two conditions are filled:

    – if when you add the second remote they say you have to remove one player > you have to filter out « free for all» because it cannot be played in split screen

    – if when you add the second remote they say that the second account needs a ps plus then you have to go into the main account playstation settings > other >make sure the « Share console and games offline » is activated.

    These two things has fixed my issues.

    I play with my friends split screen online and it works great.

    Sorry for my bad english I am french lol

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      Brandon

      lethihat thank you so much I spent days getting pissed of because ps wanted to buy another ps plus account for my wife and I couldn’t believe they would force that…. Didn’t even realize I had console sharing off ..huge help

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