As the backbone of what players will use to play and communicate with others online on Nintendo’s latest system, the Nintendo Switch Online app is now beginning its release across mobile devices and platforms just ahead of the debut for Splatoon 2 later this week.
The Nintendo Switch Online app has begun its release around the world a few days before Splatoon 2‘s release, which will provide players the ability to coordinate matches in games with friends and also to provide the Switch’s voice chat service to talk with friends.
At the moment, the app is pretty bare (and is currently undergoing maintenance to prepare for Splatoon 2‘s launch), but those who want to prep for the game can go and download the app now through either iTunes or the Google Play store.
Alongside the app’s debut on iOS and Android today, Nintendo’s support page for the app shared a few more details about the app and what to expect. As previously announced, the app and Nintendo Switch’s online service is currently free to all users from now through its full launch in 2018, and which will eventually transition to a paid service sometime next year (ranging in price from $3.99/month to $19.99/year).
On the technical end, the app is supported by iOS users running iOS 9.0 or later and Android 4.4 or later, and supports 9 different languages. Users can use various headsets or headphones with the app, such as Bluetooth headsets, but a notable entry in the support page lists that the Nintendo Switch Online app must remain open (along with the phone’s screen on) to use voice chat. Opening or switching to other apps while it is running will temporarily disconnect the voice chat service while users are on the other app, but will reconnect once back into the Switch Online app.