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CurseTheSky



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:29 pm Reply with quote
So, when's the Typing of the Dead port coming?
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leafy sea dragon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:20 am Reply with quote
Hey, this is pretty cool. I could see a lot of uses for this in the future.
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R315r4z0r



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:13 pm Reply with quote
I don't see a point to this product.

1. You obviously can't type without putting the controllers down... so that part of the article is just flat out wrong. You might as well just get a wireless keyboard and pair it up to the console...

2. What games will support text based chat on a console that doesn't natively have a text based communication?
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leafy sea dragon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:17 pm Reply with quote
R315r4z0r wrote:
I don't see a point to this product.

1. You obviously can't type without putting the controllers down... so that part of the article is just flat out wrong. You might as well just get a wireless keyboard and pair it up to the console...

2. What games will support text based chat on a console that doesn't natively have a text based communication?


Is it even possible to pair a wireless keyboard to the Switch without connecting it to Joy-Cons? I suppose where there's a will, there's a way, but I do remember for the Wii that every peripheral connected to the Wii Remote in some way, as that was the Wii's primary way of receiving signals.

I suppose it can be done with a wireless USB transmitter attached to the side of the Switch, but I haven't seen any third-party company do that with the Switch yet. I'll bet it's because they have to get its shape just right, or the Switch can't fit in the dock.
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consignia



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:23 pm Reply with quote
It doesn't even connect to the switch wirelessly, you have to connect to the USB port on the dock. All it is a USB keyboard which you can slot the joycons on the side of. It's pretty pointless anyway, since hardly anything supports keyboard input.
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leafy sea dragon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:30 pm Reply with quote
Huh, is that all? I must not have paid enough attention to this, because I thought it somehow integrated itself with the Joy-Cons. But I guess I was thinking too much of the Wii (and to a lesser extent, the Wii U).
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MKVarana



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:56 pm Reply with quote
R315r4z0r wrote:
I don't see a point to this product.

1. You obviously can't type without putting the controllers down... so that part of the article is just flat out wrong. You might as well just get a wireless keyboard and pair it up to the console...


It's actually pretty easy, to be honest. The keyboard is light enough to hold it by just the left joycon to move around and chat at the same time.

I play Dragon Quest X on Switch, and find using a regular keyboard with a controller to be cumbersome, so I preordered this thing about a year ago (and honestly though it was never coming out, with all the delays... ^^; )

My only two major complaints about it are that the cord is kinda short, so I need an extension cable to play comfortably from the couch, and that the joycon slots are simply slots, i.e. they don't charge them or anything.


leafy sea dragon wrote:

I suppose it can be done with a wireless USB transmitter attached to the side of the Switch, but I haven't seen any third-party company do that with the Switch yet. I'll bet it's because they have to get its shape just right, or the Switch can't fit in the dock.


I have some wireless microphones from Wii U that work fine on Switch. They use a USB dongle plugged into the dock.
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