When Nintendo revealed that voice chat on the Switch would run through smartphones, rather than as a function of the Switch itself, fans were pretty skeptical. Now, well… it seems as if they were right.
Hori has come out with the first officially-licensed set of headphones for the Switch, themed around Splatoon 2, and while the headphones have a pretty neat design, the setup looks incredibly clunky.
Nintendo likely intends for users to play game audio through speakers, using the headset and earphones only for voice chat. If you want to route both voice chat and game audio through your headset, though, you’re going to be dealing with a mess of cables. As seen in the diagram below, posted by the official Japanese Splatoon 2 account, you’ll need one cable to connect your Switch to a splitter, another to connect your phone to a splitter, and a third cable outputting the audio from both into the headset.
On top of that, Japanese outlet 4gamer reports that the total cable length is only about 4 feet long. This means that you’re going to have to sit really, really close to your splitter, phone, and most importantly, the Switch itself. Since most people likely have their Switch docks wired into a TV, that means you’d better hope your furniture is within a comfortable two or three feet of the TV as well.
Nintendo is set to launch its smartphone app for voice chat this summer, likely around the time of Splatoon 2‘s July 21st launch.
Source: Splatoon Japan