Splatoon 2 Hori Headset for Switch Looks Alarmingly Cumbersome

It's just a third-party accessory for now, but this could be a look at how Nintendo intends to link up your Switch, smartphone, and headsets. Uh oh.

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We've gotten our first glimpse at how voice chat may work on Nintendo Switch, and it's not pretty. A headset from accessory-maker Hori looks fine enough on its own, but a diagram showing how it connects with the rest of the system appears pretty cumbersome.

A tweet from the Japanese Hori account shows the small headset, along with a audio splitter dongle. From the diagram, it appears that the Switch itself connects to the dongle, and then it has wires connecting to your smartphone and headset. That's three wires in all to link up two devices and a headset. It's not exactly what one would call "elegant."

Granted, this is a third-party device, and Nintendo may be saving a cleaner proprietary solution for itself. But we do know that whatever Nintendo has in mind for its service, it will require a smartphone for voice chat. This is one vision of how such a solution could work, and it could make for a big problem for Nintendo's roundabout solution.

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    June 1, 2017 7:58 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Splatoon 2 Hori Headset for Switch Looks Alarmingly Cumbersome

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      June 1, 2017 8:04 AM

      Yeah... IDKWTF

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      June 1, 2017 8:27 AM

      But the dongle is squid shaped!

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      June 1, 2017 9:02 AM

      Looks like shit. The ink splats on the screen sums it up

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      June 1, 2017 9:12 AM

      Sigh. Nintendo is still fucking up online features.

      I was hopeful they have learned but if they don't have Bluetooth headset support or some solution that is better then this, they are still completely oblivious to what people want.

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        June 1, 2017 9:19 AM

        Also, based on this setup, Nintendo is better off teaming up with Logitech to make a wireless headset. Portable mode would work with a split cable like this Hori, but docked mode could use a USB wireless adapter so the headset is wireless, and have your phone plug into the headset.

        I mean even without teaming with Nintendo you could still do this with a bit of work and a wireless gaming headset with support for plugging into a smartphone and merging audio.

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      June 1, 2017 9:14 AM

      lol

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      June 1, 2017 9:15 AM

      GARBAGE

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      June 1, 2017 9:15 AM

      Is online gaming not as big in Japan? I just don't understand how they can be so far off the mark with such regularity

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        June 1, 2017 9:19 AM

        I just think they are not interested in online period.

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          June 1, 2017 9:25 AM

          I think that MK8D, Splatoon, and ARMS all go against that belief. Actually most of Nintendo's first party titles for Switch are online-centric.

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      June 1, 2017 9:27 AM

      I'm assuming that the split to the switch is entirely optional.

      I'm guessing they'll have a smartphone app for voice chat (which I actually don't mind at all, I use discord similarly currently when playing console games with friends), and you have an optional splitter to pull in game audio from the switch if you're in portable mode with headphones on.

      If you're playing in your livingroom, using speakers, I would assume you can bypass the splitter and the cord going to the switch. I can't imagine how it would work otherwise.

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        June 1, 2017 9:29 AM

        Oh joy I can't wait to hear everyone's game audio coming through through microphones