3DS To Get Headset Peripheral
Just like them high-falutin’ HD consoles and such. With no 3DS games currently known to support voice chat, does this hint at things to come?
Those of you with fancy-shmancy HD consoles will know the deal when it comes to voice support in online games. Nothing says ‘welcome to the multiplayer lobby’ quite like hearing some mildly disturbing mouthbreahing rustling down a microphone from someone far, far away. Bonus points if you can hear their terrible music collection in the background or whatever the wife’s watching on the other TV.
Whatever your thoughts on voice chat in videogames, it seems the 3DS is getting in on the headset action.
Yes! Trusty site Gimme Gimme Games have spotted this delectable doo-hickey gracing the pages of UK-centric media specialist Play.com. There’s no word yet on a release in the Americas, nor the rest of Europe or the lovely Down Under™ however. Nonetheless, at the time of writing the release date for the UK is suggested to be 4th November.
Which happens to be your humble writer’s birthday. Hint-hint.
Just kidding, just kidding. Either way, £24.99 appears to be the RRP, though Play are, at the time of writing, offering it for £17.99 instead. Jolly decent of them, that. Yet at the same time, this peripheral’s quiet presence from seemingly nowhere is food for thought.
Designed by PowerA and featuring a detachable mic, the whole shebang folds down tidily into a package somewhat resembling a folded down form of audio apparatus. It’s also an Official Nintendo Licensed Product, which means the Big N themselves have given it the nod, and charmingly the product description over at Play suggests that the ‘detachable mic boom’ is ideal for ‘game chat and video conferencing’.
Video conferencing! Of course! Gracious, the times we’ve seen frayed executives in suits shamble hurriedly onto the bus, hunched over their 3DSes and shouting “Damn it Jennifer, tell Fairbanks we want that deal by tomorrow or we’re going to lose our contract with the Chinese!” or something.
Okay. Maybe not. But it’s sort of intriguing, isn’t it? Is this another Wii Speak? Or does this show Nintendo are planning for their own (or more likely, third party) games to support the sort of multicultural verbal abu– um, fostering of far-reaching friendships that videogame voice chat provides?
Thicken, the plot does.