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Nintendo Reveals First Details For Switch Online Services

by Suriel Vazquez on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:18 PM

At its breakout press event for Switch, Nintendo has just offered us the first details about how the console services on the Switch will work. It's not much, but it's a start.

The most interesting detail is that after the system launches, players will be able to try out the system's online services for free for a few months. Once that period expires (in fall 2017, according to Nintendo), users will have to begin paying to use online services. Nintendo did not reveal what the pricing structure for those services will be, if services such as online chat, team chat, or any other potential online features will be behind the pay wall.

Speaking of chatting online, users will be able to not only chat online, but also set "play appointments" (possibly Nintendo's terminology for party invites) from a smartphone app, similar to how Sony's PlayStation app lets players manage their friends list through their phone.

Nintendo did not reveal what the app will look like, or how the online infrastructure will work. The company plans to offer more details about the system's online capabilities later this year.