Nintendo Switch's voice chat app has some weird issues

Herbert Rhodes
July 20, 2017

The Nintendo Switch Online app is Nintendo's method of dealing with online functions we have become used to seeing built into the console online-gaming experience.

The Nintendo Switch Online app was originally scheduled to release this Friday, on July 21, but apparently, the Big N chose an early launch compared to the first game that will exploit the app, Splatoon 2. The app is undergoing maintenance, presumably to get ready for its full launch alongsideSplatoon 2.

As for phone compatibility, the company notes that you'll need iOS 9 or Android 4.4 and higher to run the app. It sounded fine. Kellen and I sit next to each other, so I heard a little bit of myself, but the audio quality is decent and does an OK job of filtering out ambient noise.

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Nintendo Switch's voice chat app has some weird issues

You'll need both the game you're playing and your phone for this. For the moment, this app is available in Japan, North America, Australia and most of Europe. If your phone is locked, your voice chat goes away.

The one thing that nearly makes the faff of setting up a lobby worthwhile is the way in which the app is able to conveniently, seamlessly sort and mute voice inputs automatically, so that once a match begins, you're able to share your plans with your teammates alone. A more robust system for Inkling customization is in place to help you look good and ink even better, and you can obtain more such items just by playing the game! You can easily rejoin the lobby on your return, but the whole thing still threatens to be a massive drain on battery life.

Nintendo Switch Online's mobile app, which handles the console's online multiplayer features and upcoming online service, is now available. That means no texting, internet browsing, using social media or anything else while chatting through the app. That may or may not fix this issue. After the free trial had ended, Nintendo Account holders will have to pay for continued service: $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year. What a bad setup.

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