Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Play Couch Co-op on PS5

Here’s how to play couch co-op on PS5 in Baldur's Gate 3 so you can play split-screen with your friends.
a baldur's gate 3 party fighting a beholder
Screenshot by Larian

Baldur’s Gate 3 is stocked full of interesting features but arguably one of the most exciting social ones is the local split-screen mode. It allows you to play couch co-op with your friends and family on a single PS5. Here, I’ll tell you how to play Baldur’s Gate 3 couch co-op on PS5.

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Can You Play Couch Co-Op in Baldur’s Gate 3 on PS5?

So can you play BG3 co-op multiplayer on PS5? Yes, absolutely. Starting up a local co-op session in Baldur’s Gate 3 is quite easy, as all you need are two controllers connected to your PS5. It helps if your co-op partner has their own PlayStation account but guest mode works as well. Here’s how to launch a couch co-op campaign.

How to Play Couch Co-Op in BG3

Follow this simple step-by-step guide:

  • Start a new Campaign from the main menu screen and choose your difficulty.
  • Once in the character creation screen have your partner press the PS button on their controller.
  • The log-in window will pop up where they can sign in to their account.
  • Viola! The character creation screen will now be displayed in split-screen mode.

From here you and your co-op partner can create your characters together at the same time and eventually start the story as well.

How Does Progress Save in BG3 Couch Co-Op?

The local co-op mode allows you to experience the entire game in split-screen mode. Note that this is not the dynamic version we saw in Divinity: Original Sin 2. That means that the screen will constantly be split and won’t merge when you’re close to one another.

Furthermore, all the campaign information will be saved on player one’s account. That means that you can continue your session at any time and the progress for both characters will be saved. Throughout the campaign, you’ll be locked into playing these two characters together meaning that they’ll both count as the main character for the purposes of shared items, gold, and XP. This also means that you can only ever recruit two additional companions. Overall, the local co-op mode is an excellent alternative to the four-player online mode.

Granted, the local co-op in Baldur’s Gate 3 can have some issues with lag sometimes but knowing Larian, they’re probably working on fixes. We hope that in the future, they’ll implement the dynamic split screen mode from Divinity: Original Sin 2 along with cross-play.

Now you know how to play couch co-op on PS5 in Baldur’s Gate 3 and if you want more guides, you can find them here in our BG 3 tips section. If you want to coordinate with your couch buddy, I recommend my Honour mode builds and multiclassing builds.

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