Split-screen co-op is a staple element of Halo as a franchise. But for Halo Infinite, this feature is sorely missing, at least officially.
Luckily, despite the lack of official support, you can still enable split-screen co-op in Halo Infinite. And while it requires a few easy menu glitches, the feature runs incredibly well.
If you’re wondering why 343 Industries stopped supporting split-screen co-op or how to enable split-screen unofficially, we can help.
Why Isn’t Split-Screen Co-Op an Official Feature of Halo Infinite?
Due to Halo Infinite’s turbulent launch, many core features of what players expect from a Halo game were missing from the get-go.
As stated by Game Rant, features like Forge, co-op Campaign, weapon variants, multiplayer game modes, and even multiplayer maps were all left out.
Because of this, 343 Industries were forced to dedicate enormous amounts of development time to supporting and adding features to Halo Infinite that players already expected to be there.
This issue was further strained by Halo Infinite’s game design as a Games as a Service title because of the constant need for new content.
Due to these issues, the Head of Creative at 343 Industries, Joe Staten, announced in a lengthy Developer Update that Halo Infinite best utilized the resources needed to produce split-screen co-op elsewhere.
The cancelation of Halo Infinite’s split-screen co-op further adds to the idea that couch co-op gaming is slowly dying and could be seen as a further sign that that is the case.
Curiously, however, while 343 Industries ultimately canceled co-op split-screen play for Halo Infinite, the feature is very much available and playable unofficially.
Things You May Need to Know About Halo Infinite’s Split-Screen Co-Op
Before learning how to enable split-screen co-op, due to the feature being unsupported by 343 Industries, there are some caveats you may need to be aware of:
- Because Halo Infinite split-screen co-op is not officially supported, you may encounter bugs or glitches.
- Enabling split-screen co-op could overwrite your save file if you progress past a whole level.
- You will need an online friend waiting in a custom game lobby in Halo Infinite.
- Split-screen requires that you have at least two profiles on your console or PC before attempting to enable it.
While issues like save file corruption may seem dire, the file will continue from your last single-player save point. In other words, if your file is corrupted it will only erase the progress you made while playing with split-screen enabled.
How to Enable Split-Screen Co-Op in Halo Infinite
With the potential issues you may encounter outlined if you want to enable split-screen co-op in Halo Infinite, follow these steps:
- From the main menu of Halo Infinite, select Campaign.
- Choose Load Game and select the save file you want to play with split-screen co-op.
- Select Play, a countdown should appear, and be ready to open your Friends Menu.
- When the countdown runs out and Loading Map appears, select a friend from your list and choose Join.
- Once you have joined your friend’s Fireteam, simply open Fireteam Options and select Leave.
- You will then be in your own custom game server. Open the Server options and select Local Offline.
- Lastly, connect any controller or profile you want to play split-screen with and select Play.
If successful, once the game loads, the game will put you straight into the save file for the Campaign you selected initially but with split-screen co-op enabled.
Experience Couch Co-Op Gaming on Halo Infinite While You Still Can
With Halo Infinite’s lack of support for split-screen couch co-op and numerous games deciding to make their multiplayer online-only, couch co-op could be slowly dying.
However, unofficial workarounds like Halo Infinite’s split-screen glitch can at least preserve the classic feeling of Halo couch co-op despite its limitations.
To further immerse yourself in some of the best couch co-op gaming experiences, you can check out the best couch co-op games on the Xbox Series S|X and boost your co-operative play.
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