Wii U voice chat sounds needlessly complicated to set up

Ending the long tradition of Nintendo consoles that don't do online gaming very well, Wii U is about to offer 'proper' multiplayer gaming, complete with voice chat. But of course it isn't quite as simple as that. According to Kotaku, voice chat will not be available in every game (although it will be offered in Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Mass Effect 3) and there's a slight issue if you want to use the Xbox 360-style 'Pro' Controller.

The problem? Said controller doesn't have a headphone socket on it. And seeing as the only options for Voice Chat come from officially-licensed headsets from MadCatz and Turtle Beach, that's a bit of a problem. Those headsets only offer wired solutions. Look:

Above: Turtle Beach's officially-licensed Wii U Headsets, which are wired-only

So what do you need to do if you insist on playing Call of Duty with a traditional-styled Pro Controller? You have to plug your headset into the Wii U GamePad (the one with the screen) and leave that beside you on the sofa. You know, like you currently use a Wii Classic Controller connected to an otherwise redundant Wii Remote.

And don't forget, the GamePad's battery is expected to last 3-5 hours, unlike the Pro Controller's rumoured 80-hour run-time, so you'd better make sure it's charged before you sit down for your mammoth CoD session (with the recommended breaks, of course).

To add to the confusion, it's worth noting that the Wii U does support Bluetooth, so there's potential there for wireless headsets in the future, but none of the licensed headset manufacturers are using that right now. And while the GamePad itself does feature voice chat outside of games with the built in-microphone and speaker, that's not something that will be supported in multiplayer games. Glad that's all as clear as mud, then.


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  • talleyXIV - October 21, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Well that is disappointing. Not really, I really didn't look forward to online play on the Wii U, it will be my down time machine. Play some Call of Duty on my PS3 and then play some Mario on my Wii U. I really doubt anyone else is waiting for Call of Duty to release on the Wii U either.
  • RonnyLive19881 - October 19, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    I rarely use headsets anyway unless I'm gaming with friends. I can't stand all of the hateful, racist, disrespectful 10 year olds(heck some times there are 20 year old versions of them... grow the f*** up) that have over run Live and PSN, I hope Nintendo have a way of filtering them out. Maybe someday I will grow to love voice chat with Nintendo Lol, I'm sure they will do something neat with the mic in the future.
  • reach110 - October 19, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    I'm sure the needlessly complicated and restrictive online gaming structure of Nintendo will weed out a good chunk.
  • Mooshon - October 19, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Of course the wired set up could go gamer > headset > gamepad/controller > wall socket in order to not run out of battery. Like a techie, Ninty human centipede.
  • PhantomDave - October 19, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    "needlessly complicated to set up" is Nintendo's bread and butter, sir.
  • taokaka - October 19, 2012 4:10 a.m.

    Complicated? What are you talking about? Voice chat on the Wii-U has the exact same steps as how I use voice chat on ps3, 360 or pc. Step 1: open skype on my laptop. Step 2: talk.
  • tiben36 - October 19, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    yeah, but not eeryone has their computer sitting next to their consoles or have a good enough internet access to both run their console online and computer(s)
  • ObliqueZombie - October 19, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Yeah, but... I hate using Skype. Then again, I hate using any computer-based voice communication. I can never get the volumes just right.

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