Nintendo today announced the full details regarding Nintendo Switch Online. The paid online subscription service will go live on September 18, 2018.
Voice chat still on phones? Really Nintendo 🙄
A phone that makes calls already... You pay to make calls via an app. (Signal, WhatsApp, Hangouts etc. are free)
A part of me will mourn the days of free online... Finally Nintendo had to follow the rest into the paid online future. Am i crazy for being sad about this?? Does anyone feel the way i do?
I'm still in the camp that believes online multiplayer shouldn't be behind paywalls on any console, so i sympathize with you.
Steam pc master race smile as last console make you pay for online
Jlove4life PC master race will cry when their desktops inevitable become hidden behind a paywall.. Desktop as a service will be a thing. M$ will ensure that.
I actually do miss free online multiplayer, but PS network is so much better than it was last gen because the users pay. Nintendo can follow the same track.
Paid online multiplayer is part of the reason i dont game on consoles much anymore except for good single player exclusives. I got my pc for online games now.
S2Killinit No trust me you are not the only one ... i remember the days of Ps3 and how lucky we were that generation to have free online on PS ahhh :(
@HeisenbergX "Ps3 and how lucky we were that generation to have free online " Ah yes... such short memories of how mediocre PSN was last gen. The days (not just a rare hour two) but actual days it would be down. The hacks it received because it was unsecured. Including the one with personal data of 30 million users was stolen. The lags and slowness. The lack of features compared to the competition. The list goes on. Yes, good times /s. PSN today is so much better now because there is an incentive for Sony (money coming in from users) to really support the system and make it a secure/reliable and well rounded service.
"ImDumbyDammit" If you think Sony wasn't making money with the PS3.. I'm not even sure how to respond. You REALLY think the big hack had ANYTHING to do with a monthly fee? really?
I see some youtubers saying they will use discord instead but how that gonna be any better than using the nintendo app to play.
Its so they can get all that mobile data from its customers.
There was zero indication that this aspect would have changed. not sure why you are surprised
Honestly not even that bad.
Not only that, but they erase your cloud saves if you let your sub expire. Nintendo cant seem to catch up.
They basically told us everything we already knew in this Direct
You didn't know that they have the infinity gauntlet and kept snapping their finger to make people buy the online pass ... Like seriously why do they keep doing these childish gimmicks in their directs .... a finger snap !!!! 10 times !!!
psplus is triple the price but still 100x better than this awful online service nintendo will have
You really expected it to be better at that price?
I agree and disagree. Psn has more features but nintendos network never goes down unlike Sony's
First of all PSN is NEVER down. Get your facts straight. Second the more users you have the more vulnerable you are to hacks. It's why windows is one of the most hacked platforms. EVERYONE is on it. Give Nintendo the userbase of PSN and see what happens. If your looking for stability in a console network PSN all the way. It's no longer 2014.
LOL, it never goes down? That's because it doesn't exist yet! Yes, a few servers for Splatoon 2 so far and of course the game servers themselves, but since they weren' really connected in any meaningful way there wasn't a single entry point to attack by DDOSers or hackers. This will start to happen once it actually starts from next Tuesday. Then add that when they get to the same amount of active users as PSN/XBL they will need to add more and more servers in many different places on the planet which means that eventually some of those servers will have hardware issues or software install issues. So when it becomes bigger and exists longer the more often server mishaps are going to happen... @sierra Well, no, PSN does go down once in a while but it's not that often that people need to keep mentioning it...
Lol what network the one that start next week
They are all trash. I buy the stupid system, buy the game and most are locked behind online. Some have their own specific online cost.And you already pay for internet. I don't mind paying a subscription for online play. But I think it should be half the price.
@SierraGuy Do some research before saying anything it's been down https://twitter.com/hashtag...
I think Nintendos will go down at times they all go down at some point.
Sony is always top of their game or get there!
SierraGuy, Never? Did you really say PSN is NEVER down? So you've never seen the "PlayStation Network is down for scheduled maintenance" notification? Did I imagine Christmas with Lizard Squad? PSN definitely goes down. It's not very frequent at all, but it does happen sometimes.
Well it's there 1st time, we all know they are outta date.
To be fair, Sony's network wasn't great when PS4 started out either and that was $50/year. It's $60/year now (if you aren't savvy of deals, anyway) and it hasn't really offered any improvement over what it was in the time period before the price hike. Nintendo may very well do the same thing: increase the price and provide no improved benefits to offering. For now, we'll see. It's unfortunate that they're charging since I think online play should be free for the platform, but this is the world we live in, I guess.
ps plus is quality I have it. Nintendo meh they suck for online and smash will be out in couple of months. Nintendo disappointing online they don't want my support ok!
I can’t believe Nintendo actually had the audacity to actually stand by the decision to have a smartphone app just to use basic voice chat in a video that’s supposed to entice people to subscribe to their new service, especially after Fortnite already showed how unnecessary it is. This is one of the reasons I can’t take people who say “at least it’s cheap” as an excuse for this service’s various shortcomings seriously.
well it is cheap.. $2 a month for me in Canada.
Still doesn't excuse the crappy implementation tho. It's not like ths is cheaper to implement network wise, since it would cost the same amount of traffic and could use the same protocols. Problem is that the Switch is a tad too weak to handle voice chat besides running a game, a design booboo if you ask me... Then again, I won't be using my Switch with voice chat anyways so I don't mind all that much...
They're all cheap when you break them down to a monthly basis.
@Neonridr it was Free. and PS3 and Vita is still doing it for FREE = $0/month and have more features than this. what's the excuse again? the Vita that Nintendo fanboys love to troll and bash and call as not powerful enough to run Switch level games, have basic online functions natively for FREE. no phone needed!
Should be free for the need of another device
@badz149 - hey, I never said that other people weren't doing it better. I would pay $2 for classic games with online funcitonality, discounts in the eshop and online multiplayer. Maybe you wouldn't, and that's your choice.
The hardware is too weak to handle voice chat so they need to come up with another way. It's a crappy way, that's for sure and will never, ever use it like that...
FYI, the PSP has native voice chat. PSP, not Vita. power is not an excuse this time!
You can use your headset for fornite on Switch lol!
Fortnight has native chat on the switch... This is just Nintendo buggery
@ Neo The quality is cheap as well @ Aenea Power has nothing to do with it. Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, DS, PSP, 360, PS3, 3DS, & Vita are all less powerful consoles than NS and they still handled voice chat in a more practical manner. 360 & Vita even offered party chat, something you’ll most likely never see on a Nintendo system.
The freakin' DS has games that support voice chat on the console...the DS!
THIS! I'm not supporting this. Here's hoping the reception is bad. Sorry, Splatoon 2 and other online games.
Basically what the website told us months ago. Nothing new. If you expected more than what Nintendo has already outlined. They that your fault. Expect a $20 service not $60 service.
Reggie still won't return your phone calls.
Never called him in the first place and don't really care
Meh. Expecting a $20 charge for a service from Nintendo that should be free.
You do realize there are a plethora of free voice chat systems out there... I dont have to pay $60 for them. I bought the console, I bought the phone, I bought the bandwidth and they want me to pay them to use an app to talk to friends... How do you not see how idiotic that is? Im the one paying for all of the costs they arent doing anything I couldnt already do for free.
and you realize what you said is irrelevant ot the fact that NIntenod already finalize their decision months ago so getting mad now is old news.
Yea, it’s strange people want to criticize that aren’t fans and weren’t going to be no matter what Nintendo did.
This service is laughable. It should be FREE. Id pay 60 a year if it included Virtual Console, cloud saves, and voice chat!
But it does include cloud save, voice chat, and some NES game.
Cloud save on select titles only and voice chat that has to be run through a phone app.
@shadowwolf712 Correction: cloud saves on the known majority of titles with only a select few so far not doing it, and voice chat through phones for a small selection of games like Spla2n, since games like Fortnite have proven that regular chat can be, and still is, supported on Switch. Having said that, I do agree with you; the chat app is stupid. I'd rather use Discord, if forced to use my phone for chat at all. They could solve a lot of issues, at least, by putting the phone apps functions into a background-running app on the Switch itself.
Sounds like Nintendo is chargimg you for really nothing that great. Phone App to voice chat?? The Psvita could do voice chat & it came out in 2012... Nintendo is Dodoo!
Just NES games in 2018 and moving forward is a slap in the face. This for me is a let down and my money shall more be supporting their online until they make it worth while.
I’m sure they’ll bring more as time goes on.
I hope so because I am far from impressed and will not put my money into the current offerings. How can MS and Sony set the path for them to think this is ok! I’m very rude or die but this gets 0 co sign. I guess the others will remain my go to for online sadly.
I have about .01% interest in Nintendo’s online service. Maybe next gen when they figure things out but using multiple devices to just voice chat is very lame.
I’m just gonna say it. Nintendo needs to go the way of Sega. It’s 2018 and they want you to voice chat in a phone lol (among other things)
I remember the old days of Age of Empires dial up. We had to voice chat over the mobile because the home line was occupied LOL
I would love to play ninty exclusives on a proper console instead of an underpowered, over priced device.
Would also attract more AAA multiplat third party.
Yeah, no. A phone app doesn't justify wanting Nintendo dead; that's just petty.XD
I don't think he meant dead. Sega isn't dead.
Revolutionary step for Nintendo, ant step for the game industry, yes the industry didn't move nothing.
I know it's only 20 bucks a year but this online service is a complete RIP off.