A Look at Voice Chat on Nintendo Switch
Are you ready to see the way Nintendo is going to mess up something as simple as voice chat on Nintendo Switch? Prepare yourself, because once again Nintendo has proven that they refuse to adapt to a market that moved on fifteen years ago.
Thanks to Japanese website Nintendo Switch, we have the following information and photos that show off a Hori voice chat accessory for Nintendo Switch. The accessory is no doubt for the upcoming game Splatoon 2, but of course it stands to reason that this accessory will function with other voice chat compatible games.
That's just the box, now here's a look at the actual unit itself.
If you're thinking this accessory looks entirely overcomplicated, you're right. To get a better understanding of how to set it up, here is an instructional picture of the device and a Nintendo Switch.
To break things down, the squid-looking accessory has two audio jacks, on that goes into the phone, and the other goes into the Switch. Next, the actual headphones plug into the squid device on the other end and this way, players can get both chat and game audio at the same time, rather than just, you know, making the Switch compatible with voice chat like any other gaming device since the SEGA Dreamcast!
Of course Hori is a third party accessory maker so this headset may not be completely representational of how Nintendo's voice chat will work, but the headset does make an appearance in Splatoon 2, according to this screenshot.
I have a feeling Nintendo will go into detail about their voice chat either at E3 or shortly before Splatoon 2 releases, so either way, pretty darn soon. Perhaps Nintendo has their own accessory that works differently, but this is just unacceptable in 2017. I don't know about everyone else, but there is no way that I'm gonna plug myself up to a million devices and cable while on the go just to play a match of Splatoon 2 online with voice chat.
Congratulation Nintendo, I don't know why I was expecting anything better.