Diablo 4 Couch Co-Op Is A Major Improvement and How to play co-op
Diablo 4 is coming on June 6, but thanks to the Beta we have been able to check it out. Something that was very important for us that we just needed to dive into was couch co-op, and we’re happy to say that we’re incredible impressed with the updates made over Diablo III.
We’ve put together a video detailing what’s different and what we really like about the Diablo IV couch co-op, and also how easy it is to do it.
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Welcome to Hell, Welcome to The Friend Zone
Diablo games have always been a blast to play, whether you’re going solo or teaming up with your friends. And Diablo 4 is no exception. The game runs smoothly, the graphics are stunning, and the gameplay is addictive.
But what I really want to talk about is couch co-op. You know, when you play with another person on the same screen. This is something that Diablo 3 had, and it was a lot of fun. But it also had some drawbacks that made it frustrating at times.
For example, only one player could access their inventory or skills at a time. This meant that you had to wait for your partner to finish before you could do anything.
Couch co-op is back on the console version of Diablo 4, but with some improvements. With two players, the screen is less crowded and the action is easier to follow. Plus, you can both access your menus at the same time. That’s right, no more waiting or fighting over who goes first. You can manage your character however you want, whenever you want.
And if you’re wondering about the PC version of Diablo 4, well… I have some bad news. There is no couch co-op on PC at all. Even though you can use a controller on PC, you still can’t play with another person on the same machine.
It’s worth noting that Diablo 4 has opted to remove the streamlined console loot and menu system from the console version of Diablo 3, and has gone back to a more traditional system. It was a system that I actually never liked, because while it was able to speed things up on console, I felt like it removed that part of the delicate balance between managing your characters and mowing down hordes that made the Diablo feel just right. And of course, with a more traditional management system, a way to use it without stepping on each others’ toes too much is an absolute necessity.
That’s where all the great new changes in Diablo 4’s couch co-op come in.
Best Friends Forever
You can now open up your menus in a way that only takes a partial amount of the screen and allows the other player to still run around and play. You have the ability to use vendors at same time, more so, you have the ability to even use separate vendors at the same time. While this is a great new addition that’s a proper game changer, it’s worth nothing that menus like wardrobe customisation and maps still take up the whole screen and can only be used one at a time.
Unlike how some other games have handled couch co op, the screen in Diablo 4 never splits in any way. Which means that both players always have to be within a certain range of each other. But the automatic management of this is handled really well, in a way that you just don’t really think about it.
If one player moves ahead and the other stays still, the game just automatically teleports them to the moving player’s location. And this brings along with it a great feature, when combining everything I’ve said: one player can sit managing their inventory or assign their skills, while the other is essentially able to tow them along. With the only real downsides being that the map can become obscured and if you run into enemies, or you might need to quickly back out of menus if you get pulled into a fight.
Diablo 4 couch co-op is a game changer that makes playing with your friends on the same sofa even more enjoyable and convenient. I can’t wait to play it more when the Diablo IV launches on June 6.
To play couch co-op in Diablo 4, simply do the following:
- Load into a game with your character
- Turn on a second controller
- You’ll see a prompt in the corner to join
- Hit the start / menu button
- Select which profile to use for P2
- Once you do that, it takes a bit of time to log the other account in
- Once it’s done, you get a list of characters to select from or even to make a new one
- Pick the Character you want to use for P2
- And that’s it, you’re in!
We had a blast playing this game together and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves co-op games. The game ran smoothly at all times, and we could easily share items and help each other out. It was so much fun to explore the world, fight enemies, and solve puzzles together. The only downside is that we have to wait until June 6 to play the full game. It looks like it will be worth the wait.