Fortnite Battle Royale is out now on Nintendo Switch, and, in a surprise move, will let you use voice chat without having to use the unwieldy Nintendo Switch Online app.
Nintendo wants to use the app to enhance your online experience with compatible games on the portable home console, but, only supporting Splatoon 2 a year later, it’s still seen by many as a cumbersome way to communicate with other players.
In Fortnite, the situation is far simpler. You can simply plug a headset with a microphone into the console’s headphone jack to start talking with your friends, regardless of what platform they’re playing on.
“We do support party voice [chat] through the headphone jack. If you have a microphone and headset, you can just plug it into the headphone jack and talk with your friends on whichever platform they’re on,” Epic Games explained on Nintendo Treehouse: Live E3 2018.
“It’s huge for Fortnite to be able to communicate with your squad. I see my kids talking to each other constantly and winning the matches all the time because it’s all about communication, teamwork and all that. This has been a really big driver to get this out there. I think at this very moment it is turned off, but we’ll turn it on on Thursday morning.”
Fortnite is now available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide.