Nintendo has finally rolled out a software update that now lets gamers pair their Switch with any Bluetooth headphones, something that has been missing since the launch of the console.
While this is great news for all Switch owners, Nintendo did mention that there are still some limitations regarding Bluetooth. For instance, gamers will only be able to use two wireless controllers if a Bluetooth headset is already paired with the console. There is also the fact that the Switch won’t be able to support Bluetooth microphones, since the company relies on their own chat system on your smartphone.
The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.
For more information, including restrictions on some features while using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/vzAB6lZTDu pic.twitter.com/6J5xcDl5kU
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
This could be a letdown for those who would want to do voice chats during online gaming. Up until now, gamers had to rely on other ways to enable Bluetooth audio by attaching accessories such as Bluetooth adaptors. We have seen such an example with the SteelSeries Arctis 7P wireless headphone that was reviewed quite a while back.
That said, Nintendo has mentioned that the Switch will be able to save up to 10 connected devices. The new firmware update also enables the internet to stay connected in sleep mode so content can be downloaded without the need to wake the device. The new firmware update applies to all Switch consoles, including the Lite variant and the new OLED model.