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Splatoon 2 voice chat features future clarified - set play appointments, private battle voice options

We’ve received a report that Splatoon 2 will be compatible with an upcoming app for smart devices that enhances online play. This app will link with the game and allow you to set a play appointment with your friends and teammates invited through your social media accounts. It also lets you match up with them directly in the game and voice chat with them too.

For example, during a Private Battle, you can voice chat with all of the connected friends when you divide into teams, but once teams are set, voice chat is switched to communication only between teammates in the same team. Also, you cannot communicate with random Inklings you don’t know.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: switch

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tjm
Thu Feb 02 17 04:27am
Rating: 5

I'm mid 30's, parent of two young ones - ex lover of computer games (Amiga back in the day) I have only owned 2 Nintendos a game and watch and a GameCube - loved both.

I have just been pulled into this site and others like it by how exciting the idea of the switch is. So I think they've done a really good job of selling the prospect of the console. I will buy a Wii U for my eldest and take advantage of it's pretty sweet looking back catalogue (and Wii games) as a result of getting interested in Nintendo again (via Switch) - I wasn't even aware the Wii U was a proper console until recently.

Can't say I've ever used voice chat but I'm sure my kids will when they're old enough - thank you Nintendo for caring about protecting them online by the way. I think the idea of the app could be extremely useful if done right. I love the idea of the parent control app and that will be really attractive to my wife.

However I can't believe the way Nintendo have allowed the messaging around voice chat and the online aspects of the system so critical and beloved of young people (and not so young) to be so muddled. I get they want to keep people baited with new info building up to the launch. And maybe they're still finalising aspects of it - but please, Nintendo, put something out that puts the is it isn't it, does it doesn't it stuff to bed. I'm reasonably confident what they have up their sleeve is innovative and appropriate for their new idea of gaming but is all publicity really good publicity?

Everything we've heard about the Switch's online has only been about this smartphone app, which is very unnerving. If it's a supplemental thing that can be used when you're out-and-about with the Switch, then that would be awesome. But if it is the sole method of online that the console has, then I think Nintendo is making a huge mistake.

What do you mean by "sole method of online"? That it will be required to play online matches?

I think they're doing a fine job of communicating exactly what the app is for, and "compatible with" and "enhances" definitely doesn't mean "is required for". It's just for messaging, chatting, and matchmaking with your friends, and replaces the friend code system in that respect.

What I mean is whether or not it's the only way to do messaging, chatting, and matchmaking with friends. They haven't been super clear on that, which makes me think it is the only way. Which is just fine when you're on the go and want to set things up for later, but just seems ridiculous when you're playing with it docked at home.

My sentiments exactly.

I agree, the Switch itself is already like a smart device, so why should we need a second device from another company, just to run simple features the Switch console itself should be able to pull off. Why do we need another device and app to run voice features? Won't the Switch have a built in mic, or some form of mini microphone/headphone jack?

I don't know how much the app really is useful. I wi-fi hotspots aren't good enough to play online with (browsing the internet isn't even perfect), and there's no 3G/4G built-in. Maybe you could connect it to your phone as a wi-fi hotspot? Not sure how well that would work (plus it'll eat up data). If you're at a friend's house, you would be there with your friend and have no need for it. Or if you're playing at a friend's house with other friends online, the person at their house would still have access to steady internet and everything else anyway.

I think this app stuff is just gonna be Nintendo game-specific. I suspect 3rd parties will be able to do the same old sane thing

Weird how people keep freaking out. I could see this becoming the new standard.

Couldn't comment on whether it'd become a new standard or not - I don't dabble in Voice Chat at all - but Nintendo really should have clarified more on the online service soon after the Switch reveal [even if, the recent reveal that the online sub will be undercutting the other two on an annual basis, proves that some really did freak out too early].

I still think the smartphone app is for portable play use, though.

It will probably.
I guess it would be nice to still have the option to do it directly on the console but we see manufacturers push the compatibility between phones and consoles and everything that is social will eventually end up on the phone.

Still salty that Nintendo creates a whole app dedicated to Parental Controls yet Nintendo still tries to parent us adults who would like to chat with randoms online and then proceed to make us pay for it.

Why through phone though? Couldn't the console itself use voice chat, through some form of microphone/head phone jack, or will it include a built in microphone like the DS/3DS/Wii U?

thorn-rock
Thu Feb 02 17 04:24am
Rating: 2

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You call that clarified ? ^^"

tjm
Thu Feb 02 17 04:27am
Rating: 5

I'm mid 30's, parent of two young ones - ex lover of computer games (Amiga back in the day) I have only owned 2 Nintendos a game and watch and a GameCube - loved both.

I have just been pulled into this site and others like it by how exciting the idea of the switch is. So I think they've done a really good job of selling the prospect of the console. I will buy a Wii U for my eldest and take advantage of it's pretty sweet looking back catalogue (and Wii games) as a result of getting interested in Nintendo again (via Switch) - I wasn't even aware the Wii U was a proper console until recently.

Can't say I've ever used voice chat but I'm sure my kids will when they're old enough - thank you Nintendo for caring about protecting them online by the way. I think the idea of the app could be extremely useful if done right. I love the idea of the parent control app and that will be really attractive to my wife.

However I can't believe the way Nintendo have allowed the messaging around voice chat and the online aspects of the system so critical and beloved of young people (and not so young) to be so muddled. I get they want to keep people baited with new info building up to the launch. And maybe they're still finalising aspects of it - but please, Nintendo, put something out that puts the is it isn't it, does it doesn't it stuff to bed. I'm reasonably confident what they have up their sleeve is innovative and appropriate for their new idea of gaming but is all publicity really good publicity?

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