Nintendo makes voice chat less of a disaster on Switch

If you're hoping for a PS4 Pro deal this Black Friday you may well get lucky

The Nintendo Switch Online app, which allows Switch players to partake in various multiplayer features on the Switch, launched back in July in conjunction with Splatoon 2. Surely all that tapping and checking was making it insane hard for players to focus on the game, rendering the app mostly useless.

Voice chat will now continue during sleep mode. You can switch to other apps and continue chatting with your teammates, and even lock your phone to save it from burning battery or cutting your chat off in the middle of a crucial match.

Good news, though: those days are over. While the only other entry in version 1.1.0's update list is bug fixes, the other two are likely big enough to make the app relatively enjoyable to use. To use voice chat during sleep mode, go to Other Settings Power Saving Settings in the app and deactivate battery optimization on the Android device.

Xbox One S is likely to be discounted during Black Friday sales
Xbox One S is likely to be discounted during Black Friday sales

In fact, this new functionality is pretty much the only thing mentioned in Nintendo's patch notes.

Improved support for Bluetooth devices.

We'll see if Nintendo can keep the updates rolling between now and when it's planning to implement that fee, which should be sometime in 2018. This update solves both problems.

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