Splatoon 2 Voice Chat Set-Up Looks Totally Bonkers

[Image: Hori]
[Image: Hori]
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If you are planning on using voice chat for Splatoon 2, here’s an official headset with an officially nutso set up.

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As Kotaku reported earlier this year, Splatoon 2 voice chat will be in the form of an app through your phone.

[Image: SplatoonJP]
[Image: SplatoonJP]

If you’ve been wondering what exactly that will look like, we now know thanks to Hori’s official Splatoon 2 headset. Via Nintendo Switch, you can see how that will be configured:

[Image: SplatoonJP]
[Image: SplatoonJP]

Look at all the stuff you’ll need to plug in! The game’s sound comes from the Switch, and the voice chat is being piped through the phone. Doesn’t this seem unnecessarily complex?

[Image: 4Gamer]
[Image: 4Gamer]
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The cable is less than 20 inches long!

[Image: SplatoonJP]
[Image: SplatoonJP]
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Before you say, “Well, this is just some licensed accessory,” know that this headset appears to be an in-game item.


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DISCUSSION

What I don’t get is why the Switch isn’t capable of doing voice chat on its own? The Wii U and 3DS were both capable of it, heck even the DS had built in voice chat. Why the need for a separate phone app?