Nintendo just released the Switch Online app for iOS/Android earlier this week. This app acts as a companion to the Switch system and opens up social features like matchmaking and voice chat. Consoles have had online social functionality since the days of Xbox Live on the original Xbox back in the early 2000s, and advancements have been made ever since. Nintendo has taken a much more slower approach to the technology, though.

While the DS, 3DS and Wii U all featured built-in support for voice chat, the Switch currently only has access to the functionality via the app. People are complaining due to the fact that it makes the process a lot more cumbersome. So, why did Nintendo take this route? There’s no real ‘official’ answer to this, but that didn’t stop notable YouTuber Spawn Wave from taking a crack at the topic. He gave a pretty interesting and well thought out theory as to why this is the case. Have a look at his video:

Are you fine with using the Switch Online app for voice chat or do you want the feature to be built-in to the Switch like other systems? Sound off below!

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.


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