And I find a lot of potential concerns with this:
- What if you don't own a phone
- What if you don't have your phone on you
- What if you don't have a smartphone that can run the app
- What if your phone is low on battery
- What if you like having normal "gamer" headsets
- What if you are recording/streaming and want the voice chat recorded along with the game itself
- What if you are using the phone for something else
- What if you just don't like using your phone
This is just a small list of some of the issues a lot of which are significant for the gamer experience, this is incredibly stupid IMO. There is no reason not to give players options. Rather than trying to do things in their own way or whatever they should just accept that PlayStation and Xbox already have acceptable ways of doing party chat and stuff and just copy/use that rather than freaking trying to be innovative on something that doesn't need innovation.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." One of the best and least followed sayings when it comes to technology, especially with like Microsoft, Youtube, and Nintendo, but more relevant to this conversation, Nintendo.
This is going to significantly hurt 3rd-party support too by making it difficult to adapt online multiplayer games to use this weird voice chat system. Even if 3rd-praties do it, gamers will take into account how much of a pain it is and be more likely to choose another console with a better system for it. I know I would, and here I am mostly excited for the Switch.
So I really hope said third-parties along with anyone else who can to pressure Nintendo to reverse this moronic decision. Companies CAN reverse decisions. It's not stuck in stone. If it's absolutely atrocious enough, they can and should reverse it. Remember the big Xbox One reversal? :\
And this could be easy to fix: you don't need a built-in mic for the Switch if you support headsets with built-in mics instead. You don't need a built-in mic anyway, giving people the option to plugin their own headset with a mic is sufficient because that's what a lot of gamers have anyway.
But not giving any option except to use some dumb smartphone app is incredibly closed-minded, restrictive, and IMO stubborn on Nintendo's part. And most of all just dumb.
Sigh. So. Thoughts anyone?