How to Play Splitscreen Multiplayer in Minecraft on PC
One of the biggest appeals of the console versions of Minecraft is that you can play splitscreen multiplayer, inviting a buddy along for you blocky adventure. While the PC version doesn’t have built in splitscreen, it is possible to play splitscreen multiplayer, in a way. There’s one mod in particular that fans have been using for years, and it’s fairly simple to get.
The mod in question is the Joypad Mod, which allows you to assign a controller to the game while playing on PC. The mod has support up to version 1.13, but the splitscreen feature only works correctly up to version 1.12. That means you’ll need to change your game’s version to an earlier one when you want to play splitscreen, and will only be able to play worlds assigned to that version. If you don’t know how to change versions, there’s a handy walkthrough from Mojang on that.
Now with that out of the way you just need the mod itself, which can be found in various places like MC-Mod. Here’s a rundown of how to install the mod.
- Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge.
- Open Minecraft launcher then select Forge profile.
- Find your .minecraft application folder:
On Windows, open Run from the start menu, type
%appdata%\.minecraft\and click Run. On Mac, open Finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for minecraft.
- Place Joypad Mod into your Mods folder. If you don’t have one, create it now.
- That was all, enjoy!
The site also gives you a basic walkthrough on how to set up splitscreen. Basically what you need to do is run two different instances of Minecraft on your PC, then assign the controller to one instance and the keyboard and mouse to the other. After that, adjust the two windows however you want on your screen, having each take up half of the screen, and voila, you have yourself splitscreen multiplayer.