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Local split-screen co-op comes to Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Fortnite now allows for couch co-op. (Image: stock photo)
Fortnite now allows for couch co-op. (Image: stock photo)
Fortnite received an update today that introduces local split-screen multiplayer for Duos and Squads. The feature is currently only available on the PS4 and Xbox One. A few other features have been added as well, including a change to the visual representation of remaining ammo and preparations for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker live event.
Sam Medley,

While online multiplayer was a welcome addition to games when it debuted during the last decade, it slowly killed off a staple of multiplayer gaming: couch co-op. However, Fortnite has brought the feature back to living rooms around the world… at least, for the PS4 and Xbox One.

The latest update for the popular arena shooter brings local split-screen co-op for the Duo and Squad gameplay modes. Currently, local split-screen isn’t available for solo matches, so one-vs-one bouts are still relegated to online play only.

Epic has promised to “continue to improve the feature,” but there’s no word on what that might entail. In a world of online-only multiplayer experiences, couch co-op is a welcome addition. Perhaps the popularity of Fortnite will show developers there’s still value in playing a game right next to a buddy.

There is no word on if/when the feature will come to other platforms. The portable nature of the Switch presents a challenge for split-screen game modes, and the PC and mobile ports are unlikely to receive the feature for obvious reasons.

Other features of today's update include support for previewing the Item Shop, a visual representation of the Ammo Indicator rather than a solid bar, and "preparations for the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker live event at Risky Reels on December 14, 2 PM ET."

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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1170 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2019-12-12 (Update: 2019-12-13)