Nintendo Switch: Firmware 12.1.0 for download - update brings new function

Nintendo Switch: Firmware 12.1.0 for download - update brings new function

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The Nintendo Switch is getting a new update: Firmware 12.1.0 is available for download. The publisher communicates the list of changes via his website. Many innovations are not to be expected with the update, but the console learns a new feature. As Nintendo announced in the patch notes, old software data can now be deleted if there is not enough space on the internal memory or the microSD while a game update is being downloaded.

If you delete the old data, the game cannot be started again until the new or updated data has been downloaded. In addition, there are "general improvements in system stability" in order to optimize the user experience. The patch notes do not reveal which screws Nintendo actually turned here. The well-known Switch (buy now) Dataminer OatmealDome also reports that Nintendo has apparently installed a new encryption master key to make modding and hacking more difficult.

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Nintendo Switch OLED model comes out in October

Nintendo on Tuesday revealed its Switch OLED model, the long-awaited upgrade to its hybrid console. It'll be available on Oct. 8 -- the day Metroid Dread comes out -- and costs $350.

The 7-inch screen is slightly bigger than the regular Switch model's 6.2-inch and Switch Lite's 5.5-inch LCD screens, but the new model's organic light-emitting diode display will offer more vivid colors and crisp contrast. It also features a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and 'enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play.'

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It offers the same 4.5- to 9-hour battery life as regular Switch, and use the same NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor.

It'll be available in two color variations -- one with white Joy-Cons and a matching dock, and the other with neon and blue Joy-Cons and a black dock. Your old Joy-Cons will also be compatible with the new model.