Unlike the PS4 or Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch makes chatting with speech not easy. This is probably not something you want to hear if you want to talk garbage to your friends while you determine the score Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
That does not mean that voice chat is not possible; it's just much more limited and the process differs depending on the multiplayer game you want to play. WhatsApp and Discord are simple apps to use if you want to remove the uncertainty that you can correct your friends, but not everyone wants to rely on external apps or services.
What follows is a catalog of the games that make voice chat possible, as well as the accessories that make it easier. We are following the progress of Nintendo in building voice chat support for the Switch and will be adding new products as they appear.
Games that offer voice chat via the Nintendo mobile app
If you play a multiplayer game from Nintendo, for example Smash Bros. Ultimate or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can chat with friends via the Nintendo Switch Online app on you iOS or Android device. There are a few games made by other developers that are also included in the mix. If you want to play online multiplayer and voice chat with the app, you need a paid membership for Nintendo Switch Online.
Here is the current list of games that enable voice chat via the app:
- Dragon Quest Builders 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars Tered
- Saints Row: The Third (full package)
- Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition
- Splatoon 2
- Stardew Valley
- Super Mario party
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- TT Isle of Man
- The entire NES / Nintendo Switch Online game library supports voice chat using the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Starting voice chat is not as easy as starting one of these games. In my experience, the function is usually limited to specific game modes and is only available for use during the competition. Frustratingly, voice chat sometimes ends without warning when you leave the competition.
Other consoles can maintain voice chat sessions in different menus & other game components, so the fact that the Nintendo app cannot handle this is disappointing. What makes the situation worse is that voice chatting via the Switch Online app drains the battery of your phone and the audio quality is not great.
If you only want to dive into voice chat during a multiplayer round and leave when it's over, the Nintendo app can be just enough to help you get your voice chat fix. But there is a good chance that you are looking for alternatives.
Fortunately, this is not the only option that Switch players should use to chat. An equally small group of Switch games enables native voice chat, which means that you do not need any other software or hardware than the headphones that you probably already own. So check the section below to see if your current favorite game is included.
Games that offer native voice chat
Nintendo now allows multiplayer games to be delivered with native voice chat support, even if they are not included in the Nintendo Switch Online app. This is thanks to Vivox, the creator of a platform-independent voice and text chat SDK that is embedded in many of the most popular multiplayer games, including PUBG and Rainbow Six: Siege. Simply plug in headphones with an in-line microphone and you can start chatting with friends – in most cases it works even when they play on other consoles.
Fortnite was the first Nintendo Switch game that came with Vivox voice chat. Since its launch in 2018, Nintendo has used the Vivox SDK by every Switch developer. So there is a good reason to assume that we will see more multiplayer games that support the feature in the future.
Dave Verratti, the president of Vivox, said The edge that the company's speech and text chat technology comes to future Switch games from more than 15 studios. Verratti also shared that, although Vivox wants to bring all platforms and communities together with its Switch SDK, some games currently do not offer cross-platform support. In those cases you just chat with other Switch users.
Here is the current list of games that support native voice chat on the Switch:
- To beat
- DC Universe Online
- Friday the 13th (no cross-platform chat)
If you want to chat while your switch is docked near the TV, $ 25 Faceoff Deluxe + wired switch controller by PDP With a 3.5 mm headphone jack can be useful. It connects via one of the USB-A ports on the side of the Switch dock and lets you enjoy gaming on the big screen. With this controller and any set of microphone-equipped headphones, you can participate in the chatter of friends and opponents in the above-mentioned games that support native voice chat.
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