Nintendo Switch Online app is seemingly a battery drainer

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Nintendo’s latest launch – Nintendo Switch Online app – to make things fun for Nintendo Switch users hasn’t struck the right cord with reports emerging that the app is draining battery heavily.

The app offers users voice communication services as well as access to certain online services and features pertaining to its games. A report on Eurogamer notes that one of the primary requirements for the voice communication to be enabled through Nintendo Switch Online app is that the mobile phone’s display has to be on all the time and that’s proving to be a battery drainer.

Further, if you switch between apps while the voice chat using Nintendo Switch Online is on, the chat gets dropped. This means that if you receive a message or email and want to tend to it while you’re chatting, you won’t be able to do it.

Considering that the app has just been launched, we may give it a leeway, but Nintendo needs to release a fix for these issues fast otherwise it may not garner enough adoption initially.

Nintendo made a rather interesting and controversial decision by launching the app as opposed to baking voice chat into the Switch’s operating system. The company tried to justify this by saying that since we have our phones on us all the time, it makes sense. Whether or not this will work out in the long-run remains to be seen, but for now it doesn’t look that way.


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