Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio help has come to the Swap by way of a software program replace. The flexibility to make use of Bluetooth headphones to hearken to sport audio has been a conspicuously lacking characteristic since the console launched in 2017, so it’s nice to lastly have it — although there are some limitations.
In keeping with a Nintendo support article, you’ll be restricted to utilizing two wi-fi controllers for those who’ve obtained a Bluetooth headset connected. The system additionally gained’t help Bluetooth microphones, which isn’t essentially stunning provided that Nintendo’s personal voice chat system depends on an app working in your telephone. Nonetheless, it’s a bummer for individuals who play video games with their very own built-in voice chat skills.
Folks have gone by way of nice lengths to get wi-fi audio on their Swap (we even stated that it’d be a great selling point for a Switch Pro): there have been accessories that acted as Bluetooth audio adapters, and a few headsets just like the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wi-fi came with a dongle that took benefit of the Switch’s support for USB wireless headphones.
Having Bluetooth audio built-in is a giant deal, then — particularly contemplating that Nintendo’s Professional Controller, in contrast to many others, doesn’t embrace a headphone jack (although it’s value noting that the PS5 and Xbox Series don’t natively support Bluetooth audio). Even with the aforementioned limitations, the characteristic 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 hassle. Within the settings menu, there’s a bit for “Bluetooth Audio,” and you may pair your headphones from there by following the directions.
Jay’s AirPods Professional labored nicely in a couple of rounds of WarioWare: Get It Together, with no noticeable delay — one thing that’s significantly necessary for WarioWare’s fast-paced, twitchy microgames. Whereas utilizing his base Swap, Jay additionally studies that after a chilly boot, his AirPods Professional paired almost immediately after deciding on them once more within the settings menu.
Nevertheless, Sean Hollister’s second-generation Swap (not a Lite) had hassle discovering and connecting to any Bluetooth units by any means. He obtained an Arctis Professional Wi-fi to attach after rebooting the Swap thrice, 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 out there for pairing, the gaming system spit out an “Unable to seek out Bluetooth audio units” message even after repeated makes an attempt.
According to the changelog, the replace additionally provides some options to make wired web extra helpful. The Swap will be capable of keep related to the web even in sleep mode if it’s hardwired in, seemingly both by way of an adapter or the built-in LAN port on the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED dock. Nintendo says that it will assist the console obtain content material whereas it’s asleep, and that the characteristic will probably be on by default. Oh, and likewise you’ll have to do firmware updates for the dock with the built-in LAN port. I wouldn’t anticipate these to be as thrilling as this replace although.