Voice chat for Nintendo consoles has been a long-standing frustration for players of all stripes. Most Nintendo consoles and games have not included ways to communicate with other players, which has been an increasingly aggravating omission, especially because other consoles put this functionality front and center. With the Switch, Nintendo set out to change this… kind of.
The Switch still does not feature built-in voice chat, and neither do the games, but Nintendo has alleviated this somewhat by the release of the Nintendo Switch Online app (available here for iOS and here for Android). Until recently, the app worked more like the YouTube app and less like other communication software. If your phone fell asleep while you were using the app, the app would stop working. If you opened other apps, it would stop working.
Thankfully, this is no longer the case. With update 1.1.0, these issues are now a thing of the past and you can get back to playing Splatoon 2 the way you want to… mostly.
- Voice chat will now continue when other apps are opened. (*1)
- Voice chat will now continue during sleep mode. (*2)
- Improved support for Bluetooth devices. (For Android devices only.)
(*1) This excludes apps with audio output or apps that use the microphone.
(*2) If the power-saving feature is activated on devices using Android 6.0 or later, voice chat may be interrupted after the device has entered sleep mode. To use voice chat during sleep mode, go to Other Settings > Power Saving Settings in the app and deactivate battery optimization on the Android device. For more details, please refer to the official website for your smart device.
What do you think of the update? About the Switch Online app in general? Let us know!
Brian Barnett has loved video games ever since his uncle Jimmy introduced him to them at the ripe old age of five. His wife, Audrey, was also introduced to video games by her uncle, lending credence to Brian’s theory that behind every gamer, there is a cool uncle.
Since playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES, Brian has had a passion for Nintendo games. The first thing he did when he started earning money was save up and buy himself a Game Boy, and they quickly became inseparable. Through the years, this led to his special love of portable game consoles, so the release of the Switch is the perfect storm of Nintendo action he has been waiting for.
In addition to his gaming obsession, Brian enjoys playing drums, writing and listening to music, and hosting a weekly video game and nerd culture podcast.
He is an extrovert, and loves talking about and playing games with others, so let him know if you want to team up and play together!
Plays: Switch, New 3DS, SNES, NES, GBA, PC, Xbox One, PS4, Vita