How to Play Ark Survival Ascended on Split Screen: PC, PS5 and Xbox
Ark Survival Ascended is advertised on Steam as having split-screen. This would be perfect for anyone who is still a fan of the timeless couch co-op experience. Is this possible on Xbox, PC and PS5?
Play Ark Survival Ascended in split screen on PC, PS5 and Xbox
Unfortunately, despite being advertised as having this feature, Ark Survival Ascenced is actually not playable in split screen at all. This caused some discord among the players, which further reduced their results across the board.
It’s a shame they advertised and still advertise the game as having split screen. I know that many players would like to be able to play in the same room with their friends or family. Personally, I was surprised to see it sold in split-screen because I know how taxing a game like Ark Survival Ascended is on hardware.
Pushing the boundaries
More and more games are choosing to do away with couch co-op as games become increasingly difficult to run. When a game runs on split screen, the hardware has to essentially emulate two instances of the game. Typically, a game will use almost all of the hardware’s capabilities to run just one instance. Ark Survival Ascended is certainly one of them, so running the game twice on the same console or PC may well just melt your hardware.
Of course, the problem really lies in the fact that the game was clearly advertised as having split-screen support. This is misleading and may have resulted in some sales to disappointed customers. I doubt we’ll ever see split screen in Ark Survival Ascended.
How to Play Ark Survival Ascended with Friends
If you want to play Ark Survival Ascended co-op, your only option is to go out and get your own copy. You will have to use the game’s online capabilities. Then you can team up with friends and become the king of the prehistoric jungle.