When Nintendo revealed that all Switch players have to use a mobile app to use voice chat, many people were angry about the company’s decision.
In a recent interview, Nintendo of America COO and President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed the reason why the Switch requires a smartphone app for voice chat – it’s because they believe a smartphone is “the easiest way” to use voice chat, and Nintendo likes to do things differently.
We leave you with his full comments below:
“Nintendo’s approach is to do things differently. We have a much different suite of experiences than our competitors offer, and we do that in a different way. This creates a sort of yin and yang for our consumers. They’re excited about cloud saves and legacy content but wish we might deliver voice chat a different way, for example.
“What we see is a situation where we know that Nintendo Switch is being played in the open, at a park, on a metro bus. We believe the easiest way for you to connect and have a peer-to-peer experience with voice chat is with your mobile phone. It’s always there, it’s always with you.”
As Fortnite has demonstrated, the Nintendo Switch is fully capable of voice chat, but Nintendo prefers to do things their way and it takes generations for them to change.
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