New details about the online service for Nintendo Switch have surfaced. The service will remain free until 2018. Future prices for the service have also been announced.
Switch launched back in March, and with the launch came the temporarily free online service. The online service was supposed to make the transition to a paid model sometime in the fall this year. The online service has, however, recently been pushed back to an unconfirmed date in 2018.
What that basically means for you, the Switch owner is that you'll be able to use the online service for free a bit longer than previously planned. So that's a good thing.
Now, what exactly does the online service entail? "This [paid] service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions."
So you'll be able to play multiplayer and co-op games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. The smartphone app we're talking about will be available for download sometime this summer.
The app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games. From your smartphone.
In case you missed the Nintendo classics the first time around, they will be available for all subscribers: "Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario."
Additionally, subscribers will be eligible for special offers and discounts on select digital games and content via the eShop.
Not that you'll need this information until sometime next year, but hey, lets see how much will the online service cost in the future:
- 1 Month Membership: £3.10
- 3 Month Membership: £6.20
- 12 Month Membership: £15.50
Now that's not that bad. It sure is cheaper than the Xbox and PlayStation subscriptions.
Do you own a Switch? How do you like it and are you considering paying for the online service?