Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Removed from Demo; Valve Plans Unofficial Support in Full Game

Gamers were pleasantly surprised to find that support for PC splitscreen play was available in the demo of Valve's Left 4 Dead by way of a simple console command.

However, after the most recent patch to the demo quietly removed splitscreen support, those same gamers were left wondering whether the "feature" would make it into the final release of the game.

Valve designer Yahn Bernier has answered the question in a post on the Steam forums:

Splitscreen was always something we only wanted to officially support on the x360 due to the controller issues. However, we are planning on making some of the functionality work on the PC as an "unsupported" bonus feature. We turned it off for the demo because we didn't want to have to deal with any additional bug reports etc. about it interfering with the demo experience, but the current plan is to re-enable it after we launch the full product.

There are a number of tuning variables, the but tricky thing will be the controller. When testing, the best setup on the PC is to have two joystick/x360 style USB controllers. I think it will also be possible to have one keyboard/mouse and one joystick player.

I haven't looked into supporting two keyboards/mice, as I'm not even sure PC's can deal with that and I doubt we're talking about lots and lots of possible users for such a config.

Thanks to etherboy for the heads-up.
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