The original Nintendo Switch console launched back in 2017, and since then gamers have had to rely on the 3.5 audio jack to blast that brilliant Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild score into their ears. Now, Ninty’s announced that it’s bringing Bluetooth audio output to its handheld for the first time via a software update.
We’re not sure how the feature’s been missing for so long, and now it’s miraculously making its way to the consoles. While OG Switch owners have every right to celebrate, they should know that there are certain limitations to the functionality and it may feature some iffy connections initially.
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Remember we’re working with tech from 2017 here, and the console is only equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 — that’s… four generations back. So don’t expect BT5.2 performance here.
According to a Nintendo support page, users will only be able to connect up to two wireless controllers when using a wireless audio output device like a headset. It’ll also disconnect when you’re playing a local game.
“Bluetooth audio will be disconnected during local communication, such as when starting a local wireless multiplayer game,” the statement reads.
In addition to the above, Switch players will only be able to connect one audio device at a time, but the system will be able to remember up to 10 different audio devices.
Another concession you’re making is that microphone input won’t work via Bluetooth at all — which kinda sucks for online multiplayer sessions. Users will have to turn to their old trusty wired earphones in this case.