The other day Nintendo fully revealed their new console The Switch. Most the details on the new platform can be found by clicking here, but today I’ve got some new ones for you. For those unaware voice chat will be handled via a smartphone app. Many have questioned Nintendo’s strategy on this one & according to our snitch Reggie is on record saying:
“We need to offer, both to consumers well as to developers, a more robust set of opportunities from an online perspective and that’s what we’re looking to do.
We want to reinforce the capability to take your experience with you on the go…. The ability to do matchmaking, voice chat through your phone, it’s a hell of a lot more convenient than having a gamer headset stuck into your backpack trying to do that. That’s why we’re doing it the way we are. We see the convenience, we see the ease of delivery. We think it’s going to lead to a better experience.”
It makes sense to have the app for those on the move, but the battery only works for 2 hours. That means most of us will only be playing this at home. I think they should off a headset as well. I also need Nintendo to clarify the pricing on this app. According to them “a free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017.” Is this app an extra charge on top of the online fee we have to play games or this apart of that online fee? Nintendo lost their mind if they think I’m about to pay for a chat app when Discord is free.
Time shall tell.
The voice chat app will come packaged with the paid online service fee. That’s good to hear even though I’m still not a fan of paying for Nintendo’s notoriously shitty online. Nintendo online will be free for all for a trial period, and then you have to pay. Below is a chart explaining what you get for paying. Still no word on what the subscription fee will cost.