Nintendo Switch: Bluetooth update brings PlayStation and Xbox in need of explanation

Nintendo Switch: Bluetooth update brings PlayStation and Xbox in need of explanation

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A new update with a long-awaited feature has been released for Nintendo Switch this week. More than four years after its launch, gamers can now connect Bluetooth headphones or certain other Bluetooth audio devices directly to the console. While numerous fans are happy about the new feature, there is also a lot of criticism for Nintendo because the team took so long for the Bluetooth update.

What about PS5 and Xbox Series X / S ?

The criticism that Nintendo is currently receiving could theoretically also be passed on directly to Sony and Microsoft. Because so far the next-gen consoles - PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S - do not support the coupling of their own Bluetooth audio devices. There were also often compatibility problems with the last-gen devices, but in principle a Bluetooth connection with headsets was possible there takes care of the connection of your audio device via Bluetooth. There is even an article on the PlayStation Blog that explains these steps on a PS5. In the ResetERA forum, users are currently discussing the missing function on the consoles.

Bluetooth on Nintendo Switch with restrictions

Even if your Bluetooth audio devices can now easily connect to the Nintendo Switch (buy now 399.00 €), there are some restrictions that you have to consider. This means that built-in microphones in your headset cannot be used to communicate with other players. In addition, only two additional wireless controllers can be connected to the console because the Bluetooth audio device occupies one of these slots. How big the latency of your Bluetooth devices on Nintendo Switch is, users have summarized in the ResetERA forum.

Nintendo Switch finally gets a feature it should have had at launch

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Nintendo operates very differently than any of its competitors. This is one of the many reasons that Nintendo is so beloved by so many gamers. At the same time, it is also why Nintendo drives us crazy so frequently. For example, Nintendo decided not to include Bluetooth audio on the Switch at launch. In fact, four and a half years later, Nintendo still hadn’t rectified this bizarre oversight until a surprise update dropped this week. As of version 13.0.0, the Switch supports Bluetooth audio.

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Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio support

According to Nintendo’s release notes, you can now pair headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth to any Nintendo Switch console for audio output. This will not extend to Bluetooth microphones. You’ll still have to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to voice chat with your friends. You can also only connect up to two compatible wireless controllers when you are using Bluetooth audio. There’s always a catch when it comes to Nintendo.

Although Nintendo’s support for Bluetooth connectivity is still lacking compared to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, there are a few neat features. While you can’t pair more than one Bluetooth device to your Switch at a time, you will be able to save up to 10 devices on your Switch.

Bluetooth audio support is the highlight of the Switch update, but there are other additions as well. There is now an “Update Dock” button under System in System Settings. In order to update your Nintendo Switch dock, it needs to have a LAN port. For what it’s worth, I’ve had a Nintendo Switch since launch, and my dock was up to date when I checked on Wednesday.

Nintendo also added a new “Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” option under Sleep Mode in System Settings. This one is pretty self-explanatory. As long as your Switch is on a wired internet connection, it will remain connected to the internet even after you put it to sleep. That way, you can still install software and new content while the Switch is in sleep mode.

Finally, Nintendo has changed the method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings. From now on, if you want to calibrate your control sticks, you’ll need to go to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors, and select Calibrate Control Sticks. After that, fully tilt the control stick in any direction and keep holding it like that for a few seconds to start the process.

How to install the latest Switch system update

The update should download automatically if your Switch is connected to the internet. If not, head to System Settings > System > System Update to manually start the update. Once that’s complete, the Switch will prompt you to install the update. The console will then restart.

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