The Nintendo Switch came out of nowhere with it’s unique handheld/console hybrid concept to claim a spot in the hardware race. Being a Nintendo system though, it has features no other console has but it’s also missing features that ALL other consoles have. One of those was universal chat software.
Nintendo opted to use a very unpopular method of having a mobile phone used in between the console and player for chat purposes. (like an official discord channel for the game but not in a good way) Players hated the idea and some developers such as Epic decided to go around that limitation and use an actual chat system (developed by Vivox) where you could plug a headset directly into the switch and chat as you would on other platforms… But as Nintendo never intended that to be the method, their controllers do not have headset jacks for playing and chatting in console mode.
Now with more developers looking to use Vivox’s software, PDP has stepped up with a Switch controller that includes a headset jack. That’s not all though. It will also feature handle buttons, metal stick inlays and faceplates… All for $25! These are features seen in $200+ pro controllers such as those from Evil, Scuff and even the Microsoft Elite.
Here’s more from PDP:
Listen. Play. Chat. For the first time, you can plug your headset into a Nintendo Switch controller and chat with our new Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller!
With the recent announcement of communications expert, Vivox, providing the development tools used to create true in-game chat with Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, the timing is perfect for this new innovative controller. Launching Summer 2019, our new controller features support for Vivox’s integrated in-game chat, premium game audio through a 3.5mm audio jack, patented on-board audio controls that let you adjust the audio on the fly right from your controller, two additional programmable buttons, and an interchangeable faceplate – making it the best Nintendo Switch controller for serious gamers. Simply plug in the controller, and your go-to headset, and you’re ready to start commanding your team! Pre-orders begin this May on pdp.com and at participating retailers.
Let’s take a closer look:
Just like our other Faceoff Controllers, this new Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller allows you to swap out and snap in different faceplates with our unique interchangeable design! You can further customize your gameplay with the dual programmable paddle-style buttons on the back. Each controller has a 10-foot fixed USB cable for plenty of room to play with ease, responsive low-friction metal analog sticks, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Listen to your game’s audio with clarity, chat with friends without the hassle of a work-around, and customize your controller to play your way. The Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller is the first of its kind in the market and will be available for pre-order this May on pdp.com and at participating retailers.