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Nintendo Switch Online finally supports voice chat while your phone is locked

Matt Sayer 13 September 2017 NEWS


It's about time.

In standard Nintendo fashion, the company has finally caught up with the expectations of a modern Internet audience just two months after releasing its smartphone app, Nintendo Switch Online.

In today's 1.1.0 update, the app now lets you use voice chat even when the app isn't front and centre. You can switch to other apps and continue chatting with your teammates and even lock your phone to save it from burning through your battery life or cutting your chat off in the middle of a crucial match. Innovative!


Seriously, though, it's troubling that it's taken Nintendo this long to introduce a feature that should have been there from day one. And even as helpful as this update is, it doesn't change the fact that splitting voice chat out into its own app rather than building it into the console is a naff move, especially when every other gaming company out there has shown how much better the alternative is.

In other Nintendo news, the NES Classic will be back up for sale next year, and achievements might be on the way to Nintendo Switch.

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