Nintendo Switch Voice Chat will use Smartphone

Nintendo Switch Voice Chat will use Smartphone

The Nintendo Switch has been met with a marmite style response, it seems there is a group of gamers that absolutely love the idea of the new device and can’t wait to get it, and a pretty vocal group that are hating everything that Nintendo are trying to do with it.

A lot of the naysayers grumbles are a bit unfair, however this one seems spot on. In an interview with Wired, Reggie Fils-Aime stated this –

“We are going to provide an overall online service, subscription-based, that not only will capture the multiplayer opportunity, but also the voice chat capability that we’re going to provide through a global app. We think that that’s just as important as access to Virtual Console content.

The reason for that is, it continues to reinforce our commitment to online, and do so in a way that will enable the consumer to enjoy their Nintendo Switch and to still be able to play those connected experiences—like Splatoon, like Kart, like fill in the blank—while they’re on the go. Instead of having some sort of bulky gamer headset, you’ll be able to do it right off your smartphone, put in your earbuds that you use for your standard mobile device. We think that’s a pretty sweet solution. That’s part of the overall opportunity that we see in a subscription service.”

Whilst that sounds good to Nintendo, it rings a lot of alarm bells to others. Does this essentially mean that somehow the voice will be transmitted from the console to the smartphone which could introduce latency issues? Or is the network system itself running directly from the phone? Many people use their phones to text and google whilst playing games and chatting with their mates, so to take this option away from gamers is ludicrous.

It all sounds like a nightmare, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo backs down from this idea. Most gamers would end up just plugging a headset directly into their phone anyway. Nintendo have a solution to a problem that never existed – perhaps because they have not competed much in the online realm. We’re still excited for the Switch, but come on Nintendo, you make it too easy for the haters!

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