The Vivox voice chat communication SDK is now available to all Nintendo Switch developers. It’s has been well documented that voice chat has long been a problem for Nintendo consoles, and the Switch has been no exception.
Without support for voice communication at a hardware level, players have to use the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app – or more easily, Discord,
Even though the app works well enough, it’s not as easy as Xbox or PlayStation owners have it. Up steps Massachusetts-based Vivox. They’re aiming to change all that with the announcement that all authorised Nintendo Switch developers can now sign up to use their proprietary online communication software.
The Vivox SDK enables voice chat directly through the Switch’s combination headset port, and also supports cross-play chat with PC and other gaming devices.
Dave Verratti, president of Vivox, says:
“We’ve already seen a great deal of success with Nintendo and the use of our voice services in Fortnite. We are extremely proud to be a part of the Nintendo ecosystem. We’re happy to help Nintendo continue to push the envelope in their products by bringing gamers together through enhanced communications. Multiplayer games can and should excel on Nintendo Switch, and we’re excited to see the results of the Vivox SDK on Nintendo Switch.”
Developers can head over to the Vivox website to register their interest.