Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio help has come to the Swap by a software program replace. The power to make use of Bluetooth headphones to hearken to recreation audio has been a conspicuously lacking function because the console launched in 2017, so it’s nice to lastly have it — although there are some limitations.
In response to a Nintendo help article, you’ll be restricted to utilizing two wi-fi controllers for those who’ve acquired a Bluetooth headset connected. The system additionally gained’t help Bluetooth microphones, which isn’t essentially shocking on condition that Nintendo’s personal voice chat system depends on an app operating in your telephone. Nonetheless, it’s a bummer for individuals who play video games with their very own built-in voice chat skills.
The most recent #NintendoSwitch replace is now obtainable, together with the flexibility to pair Bluetooth units for audio output.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
Folks have gone by nice lengths to get wi-fi audio on their Swap (we even mentioned that it’d be an important promoting level for a Swap Professional): there have been equipment that acted as Bluetooth audio adapters, and a few headsets just like the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wi-fi got here with a dongle that took benefit of the Swap’s help for USB wi-fi headphones.
Having Bluetooth audio built-in is an enormous deal, although, particularly on condition that Nintendo’s Professional Controller, not like many others, doesn’t embody a headphone jack. Even with the aforementioned limitations, the function appears to be well-supported — Nintendo says that the Swap can save as much as 10 related units, and says that it ought to work with each the common Swap and the Swap Lite.
My colleague Jay Peters was in a position to join his AirPods Professional to his base Swap and a Swap Lite with out a lot bother. Within the settings menu, there’s a bit for “Bluetooth Audio,” and you’ll pair your headphones from there by following the directions.
The AirPods Professional labored effectively in just a few rounds of WarioWare: Get It Collectively, with no noticeable delay — one thing that’s notably vital for WarioWare’s fast-paced, twitchy microgames. Whereas utilizing his base Swap, Jay additionally stories that after a chilly boot, his AirPods Professional paired practically immediately after choosing them once more within the settings menu.
Nonetheless, Sean Hollister’s second-generation Swap (not a Lite) had bother discovering and connecting to any Bluetooth units in any respect. He acquired an Arctis Professional Wi-fi to attach after rebooting the Swap 3 times, however most makes an attempt resulted in failure, together with with a set of first-gen Amazon Echo Buds and Wyze Buds Professional, a Bluetooth adapter for the Bose QC25 and an LG TV set. Whereas a few of them would generally seem obtainable for pairing, the gaming system spit out an “Unable to seek out Bluetooth audio units” message even after repeated makes an attempt.
In response to the changelog, the replace additionally provides some options to make wired web extra helpful. The Swap will be capable to keep related to the web even in sleep mode if it’s hardwired in, seemingly both by an adapter or the built-in LAN port on the upcoming Nintendo Swap OLED dock. Nintendo says that it will assist the console obtain content material whereas it’s asleep, and that the function shall be on by default. Oh, and likewise you might 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.