Reggie Fils-Aime recently appeared for a 20 minute Q & A at the Geekwire Summit in Seattle. While there he dropped some information on why Nintendo went with a smartphone app for voice chat on Nintendo Switch:
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Let me interject here, if I may. His argument is that it is always there and always with you, right? Well if you are playing a game on the Switch isn’t your Switch “there” and “with you”?! Seriously, where is the logic here? Shouldn’t you just be able to plug in a headset in the Switch and use voice chat? The smartphone thing is the primary reason I stay away from voice chat on the Switch. It isn’t intuitive nor convenient.
Moving on, he talked about VR where he said:
“This is something we constantly think about, experiment with. For virtual reality, we’ve said: it’s tech that we’re looking at, but in the end it has to be fun. That’s our mission, and that is what we do arguably better than anyone else. We have nothing to announce here on this stage. These are going to be technologies that we’ll continue to experiment with. There are new experiences we want to bring to life.”
So nothing really new in that venue but it is still nice to know they keep new tech in mind. Honestly, I’m not into VR and I really feel that it is a fad that will die out sooner or later. Of course that is just my opinion but I’d love hear what you guys think! For the full article be sure to click on that link above.
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SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom. He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer. He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.