Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Latest Nintendo Switch software update enables Bluetooth audio

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Nintendo just released the latest Switch software update (V13.0.0), and with it surprised everyone by announcing Bluetooth audio is now available as an option.

With the latest software update installed, Bluetooth audio will appear as an option in the Switch’s system settings menu. Enabling it does come with a few limitations, though. For example, only two wireless controllers can connect to the Switch while you’re using it. Only after disabling it can more controllers be linked. And if you’re starting a local wireless multiplayer game then Bluetooth audio will be disconnected.

The lack of Bluetooth audio support on the Switch was frustrating. A portable gaming device that you couldn’t wirelessly link to Bluetooth headphones seemed like a major oversight on the part of Nintendo, but the feature is now finally available over four years after the hybrid console launched.

Nintendo states that only one Bluetooth audio device can be paired at a time, but you can save up to 10 connected devices for each Switch console. There’s no support for Bluetooth microphones, and there’s also a chance of audio latency being experienced, but that ultimately depends on the Bluetooth headset you’re using.

The connection status will now show whether a 2.4GHz or 5GHz connection is being used, and the method to calibrate your Switch’s control sticks has changed—navigate to Controllers and Sensors in the system settings, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

The software update also adds a new “Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode,” which allows for future system updates and content downloads to happen while your Switch is asleep.

One final feature of the latest update can’t even be used yet. It’s an update for the dock, but only on the forthcoming OLED Switch model.

Because the OLED dock includes a LAN port, it seems Nintendo needed to update the system software to allow it to work. But don’t forget, you will be able to buy the OLED dock separately, so this is a key update if you intend to buy one next month.

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