Fortnite on Nintendo Switch received a surprise release last week after Nintendo’s E3 Direct, and it already sports one of the best hardware improvements we’ve seen on the latest platform: Voice Chat.
The news was initially shared during Epic Games’ spot on Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream event at E3, announcing the ability to voice chat would come to the game the following day.
Why is this big news? According to a follow-up tweet by one of Epic Games’ developers: “Fortnite on Switch supports party chat through the headphone jack. Not through the Nintendo mobile app.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Fortnite on Switch supports party chat through the headphone jack. Not through the Nintendo mobile app. Currently turned off but will turn on Thursday <a href=”https://t.co/TdfVkDZ8qj”>pic.twitter.com/TdfVkDZ8qj</a></p>— Wario64 (@Wario64) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1006606508753240064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
In short, this is big news because this feature directly contrasts the setup used in Nintendo’s other major online game, Splatoon 2, which has players heavily rely on Nintendo’s mobile app on smartphones in order to chat with your party. This sounds okay, until you realize the only way to collaborate with your friends is to the actual game’s sound. Of course, unless you have something like this:
So thank you Fortnite. You helped make all of us realize there’s an easier way to do party chat, by simply plugging into the headphone jack. Hopefully this becomes the standard for all online Nintendo games, but we’ll just have to wait and see.