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News video games 23 March 2023, 14:48

author: Jakub Tarchala

Diablo 4 PC Will Lack This Feature; Console Exclusive

The Diablo series was a PC domain for its first years of existence, and yet Diablo IV - compared to consoles - will offer a poorer experience for PC players. The series director explains the reason for this.

For some, it will be quite a disappointment, and for others, it will keep the tradition alive. Diablo 4, like the previous installments of the series will not support splitscreen on PC - this mode will only appear on consoles.

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As we well know, the latest installment of the series will offer PC players a poorer experience.

  • A split-screen game mode for possibly two people will be available only on consoles (PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X).
  • PC players will be left with solo or 4-player online play (to clarify: these modes will also arrive on consoles).

Diablo series director, Rod Fergusson, in an interview for Eurogamer explained the reason for this.

"It's a technology question. Trying to do shared-screen co-op on PC is much more challenging when it comes to account management and how you play together. Console is pre-set up for that in terms of the ways you can associate the accounts to it. Whereas trying to get two accounts signed into the same PC at the same time... It's a technology problem," Rod Fergusson explains.

Fergusson also explained the low priority given to implementing splitscreen mode compared to other problems that occur during game development.

"When you prioritise the problems you have to solve, solving for two people sitting at a desk, playing on the same PC, is lower priority when the majority of couch co-op that's going to happen is going to be in front of a sixty-five-inch TV," added Fergusson added.

We have had similar cases in the past - e.g. Diablo III offered a very enjoyable co-op mode on a single console for up to three people. Diablo 4 will debut on June 6, this year.

Jakub Tarchala

Jakub Tarchala

He started by producing content on YouTube in 2020, but eventually found out writing was his real jam. He set up a modest blog where he published video game reviews, and two years later combined his work with his hobby and started writing for Gamepressure. He loves Terry Pratchett's offbeat sense of humor and the philosophical mysteries of the universe embedded in Stanislaw Lem's novels. He enjoys watching comedies and horror movies. He has a profound affection for the Stalker universe (electronic, written, and pasted). In his spare time he plays guitar and collects Marvel cards.