The best split-screen PS5 games give players the chance to play with friends and family like the old days: sitting next to each other on the couch. Luckily, these days you don’t have to sit on the floor near the TV because of annoying controller cables. But even in 2022, when multiplayer on PlayStation 5 is dominated by online multiplayer modes, you can still find an intimate experience to play at home with your friends. Also, you don’t have to worry about garbled voices from broken headset microphones. Split-screen and local multiplayer games still have a home in modern gaming, whether you’re playing against or alongside the people sitting next to you on the couch. Our list of the best PS5 split screen games includes games from a variety of genres, so we’re sure it’ll have something of interest.
Many of these games are PS4 titles that are backwards compatible with the PS5, but quite a few have been updated to improve them on the newer, more powerful hardware. We’ve listed our picks in alphabetical order and added details on the multiplayer options in each game.
For more local multiplayer games, check out our list of the best couch co-op games for couples and the best games to play with people who don’t usually play games. We also have a series of roundups highlighting the best titles across all major platforms, including best PS5 games yet, best Xbox One games, best Xbox Series X games yet, best Nintendo Switch games and the Best PC Games To Play In 2022.
The best PS5 split screen games
The Borderlands franchise is about teaming up with your friends to storm through a massive world filled with color psychos. To take them down, you’re given a massive arsenal of weapons and abilities to work together to create phenomenal first-person shooter mayhem. Borderlands 3 is best with friends, so split-screen co-op seems like a no-brainer for the franchise. With a deep, humorous story, four different character classes to play with, and a range of side content to keep you busy, there’s plenty of Borderlands 3 to cover with your friends.
Check out our Borderlands 3 review.
The Call of Duty genre continues to be a dominant force in the first person shooter scene with a huge multiplayer fan base. But with Black Ops – Cold War, Activision and developer Infinity Ward brought back the ability to jump into the competition from the couch. The game supports split-screen multiplayer in both its competitive deathmatch arenas and Zombies mode. You can both play locally with two players, but if you and your split-screen companion both have PlayStation Network accounts, you can play online in split-screen, combining the best of local and online multiplayer.
Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War review.
Racing games can only ever be So good if you are forced to compete against computer opponents. It’s playing against other unpredictable people that makes racing so exciting, and Dirt 5 offers that opportunity with online opponents as well as the ability to race against anyone sitting next to you. Dirt 5 supports up to four players in split-screen, so you can compete on the track or team up and work through the game’s career mode as a racing team to crush the computer competition.
Check out our DIRT 5 review.
Fortnite may have become something of a cultural juggernaut, but at its core it’s still a great online gaming experience. Not only can you play Fortnite online on PS5, but the game also supports split-screen play, so you can take on battle royale gameplay with a friend in the same room to go head-to-head with the other fighters on the island. Just note that both players need Fortnite accounts in order to play – but the game is free so that shouldn’t be a problem.
See our Fortnite review.
Developer Hazelight’s second game continues the studio’s focus on creating story-driven cooperative experiences. It Takes Two is very impressive in that light – you play parents Cody and May who are preparing for divorce. The couple are accidentally turned into tiny dolls by their daughter’s desire to see them, sending them on a long journey through their garage, yard, and home, during which they learn to communicate and appreciate each other again. All of the gameplay in It Takes Two fits this theme, with cooperative players working together to solve puzzles and problems along the way. Cody and May each have different skills and tools, so teamwork is essential. With a long history and plenty of innovative two-player gameplay, It Takes Two is an essential couch co-op experience.
Check out our It Takes Two review.
One of the coolest competitive multiplayer games out there is Rocket League, in which you play soccer – but while driving a car that has rocket boosters attached so you can fly through the air. It’s a ridiculous and chaotic competition best enjoyed with friends on your team. Rocket League supports split-screen play, allowing you to create local matches, but you can also bring your split-screen companion online in the game’s Quick Play mode without the need for multiple PSN accounts. But whether online or on the couch, Rocket League should definitely be on your playlist to play with friends.
Check out our Rocket League review.
At first glance, Stardew Valley is an RPG farming simulator, but it’s a game that encompasses so much more as you build a life in its world. You will spend your time expanding your farm and expanding your life in the world to include activities like mining and farming, but in reality this game is all about uncovering life in your small country town and with the characters to interact that you will find there. There’s plenty to do as you build your farm and restore your town to glory, and on PS5 you can play in split-screen and share the work with a partner.
Check out our Stardew Valley review.
The best co-op PS5 games
In the 2D adventure game Chicory, you enter a black and white world after possessing a magic brush. Solving the mystery of what happened to the owner of the brush is a big part of the game, but using the brush to change the world at will is the other part. You can paint anything in chicory, and even better, you can team up with a friend to bring your vision to life together. It’s a relaxed way to experience the game from the same couch, allowing you to immerse yourself in the history of chicory while also spending some time being creative.
Check out our review of Chicory: A Colorful Tale.
If American football isn’t your thing, there’s the FIFA franchise, which offers fast-paced soccer action with a similar offering of online and local games. FIFA 21 offers the possibility to play on the couch or via an internet connection with another friend on the same team. You can play against another two-player team or play a season together if you prefer. All modes of FIFA 21 are cooperative, so you have a lot of options.
Read our FIFA 21 review.
A game specifically about a couple exploring a strange new planet together, Haven is a great cooperative adventure experience. In Haven, you and your partner play as Kay and Yu, two humans who fled their homeland and ended up on another planet. Much of the gameplay focuses on fast-paced, smooth exploration thanks to the cool Gravity Boots both characters wear, and combat is a turn-based affair, giving you time to talk about it and coordinate effectively.
The Madden franchise has been a great multiplayer offering for years, and Madden 22 continues that tradition on PS5. The game features both online and local multiplayer, so you can play against your friends (or people you don’t know) as well as with them on the same team. In Madden 22, you can even do both at the same time, with games that support 6v6 play online, letting you team up with your friends and try to take on human opponents. If that doesn’t excite you, you can always team up against AI opponents and work through a season to build your franchise.
Read our Madden 22 review.
At this point, everyone knows what Minecraft is about. The open-world survival title about building things is deceptively simple to understand and delightfully complex, and players have by this point spent millions of hours in it, exploring their world, invading the Nether and building all sorts of interesting things in it . Minecraft is a perfect cooperative game whether you want to adventure and focus on survival or just go wild and build the Starship Enterprise or the Taj Mahal.
See our Minecraft review.
If you like high-pressure collaboration, Overcooked is for you! is for you. You and up to three other players work together to run a kitchen, trying to prepare meals for restaurant guests in ever-decreasing times. Specialization, prioritization, and communication are essential to keep up with the restaurant’s demand, and the busier things get, the more ridiculous and fun the game becomes. Rumor has it it’s overcooked! will be among the PS Plus games for September, which is a great opportunity to try it out with some friends.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure, one of the PS5’s launch games, is also a great co-op option. The puzzle platformer sends you through beautifully imaginative worlds filled with fun characters and silly enemies. The game is challenging without being too hard, making it great for both less experienced and die-hard players. Sharing a screen allows you to race through Craftworld’s fun locations, working together to complete challenges and unravel their mysteries. Two players add just the right amount of mayhem to each level, making it a fun way to participate in a great game.
Check out our review of Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
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