Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio assist has come to the Switch via a software program replace. The capacity to make use of Bluetooth headphones to take heed to sport audio has been a conspicuously lacking characteristic for the reason that console launched in 2017, so it’s nice to lastly have it — although there are some limitations.
According to a Nintendo assist article, you’ll be restricted to utilizing two wi-fi controllers should you’ve acquired a Bluetooth headset hooked up. The system additionally received’t assist Bluetooth microphones, which isn’t essentially shocking provided that Nintendo’s personal voice chat system depends on an app operating in your cellphone. Still, it’s a bummer for people who play video games with their very own built-in voice chat skills.
People have gone via nice lengths to get wi-fi audio on their Switch (we even mentioned that it’d be an excellent promoting level for a Switch Pro): there have been equipment that acted as Bluetooth audio adapters, and a few headsets just like the MetalSeries Arctis 1 Wireless got here with a dongle that took benefit of the Switch’s assist for USB wi-fi headphones.
Having Bluetooth audio built-in is an enormous deal, then — particularly contemplating that Nintendo’s Pro Controller, not like many others, doesn’t embody a headphone jack (although it’s price noting that the PS5 and Xbox Series don’t natively assist Bluetooth audio). Even with the aforementioned limitations, the characteristic appears to be well-supported: Nintendo says that the Switch can save as much as 10 related gadgets, and says that it ought to work with each the common Switch and the Switch Lite.
My colleague Jay Peters was capable of join his AirPods Pro to his base Switch and a Switch Lite with out a lot bother. In the settings menu, there’s a piece for “Bluetooth Audio,” and you’ll pair your headphones from there by following the directions.
Jay’s AirPods Pro labored nicely in just a few rounds of WarioWare: Get It Together, with no noticeable delay — one thing that’s notably essential for WarioWare’s fast-paced, twitchy microgames. While utilizing his base Switch, Jay additionally reports that after a chilly boot, his AirPods Pro paired practically immediately after deciding on them once more within the settings menu.
However, Sean Hollister’s second-generation Switch (not a Lite) had bother discovering and connecting to any Bluetooth gadgets in any way. He acquired an Arctis Pro Wireless to attach after rebooting the Switch 3 times, however most makes an attempt resulted in failure, together with with a set of first-gen Amazon Echo Buds and Wyze Buds Pro, a Bluetooth adapter for the Bose QC25 and an LG TV set. While a few of them would typically seem out there for pairing, the gaming system spit out an “Unable to find Bluetooth audio devices” message even after repeated makes an attempt.
According to the changelog, the replace additionally provides some options to make wired web extra helpful. The Switch will be capable to keep related to the web even in sleep mode if it’s hardwired in, seemingly both via an adapter or the built-in LAN port on the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED dock. Nintendo says that this may assist the console obtain content material whereas it’s asleep, and that the characteristic can be on by default. Oh, and in addition you could have to do firmware updates for the dock with the built-in LAN port. I wouldn’t count on these to be as thrilling as this replace although.