It seems like 84 years have passed (according to the Titanic meme), but in its latest update, Nintendo has finally added Nintendo Switch Bluetooth audio support.
Nintendo highlighted the change in a tweet on Wednesday night, adding that the update includes the ability to use Bluetooth for audio output rather than input. So you can use headphones to play Pokémon games, but you can’t use a microphone for voice chat.
The change comes as part of version 13.0.0, which gives more details on how you can use Bluetooth. The change log, which you can read in full on the Nintendo website, notes that up to two compatible wireless controllers can be used if you also use a Bluetooth headset. You also cannot use Bluetooth audio while local wireless communication is active. This means that if you are playing Mario Kart with someone in the room with you, for example, and you are not connected via the Internet, you cannot use Bluetooth audio.
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Previously, you could only use a wired headset through the headphone jack on the switch or Switch Lite, or you could use a Bluetooth adapter. We don’t know if there are any restrictions on which Bluetooth headset you can use, but we can assume that as long as your headset uses the latest or newer Bluetooth standards, it works.
The update adds several other features. including an easier way to update the docking station and a new setting that allows you to keep your Switch connected to the Internet while in sleep mode. The latter has been a feature on other consoles like the PlayStation 5 for some time now and allows the user to download games and updates while the Switch is asleep. The method of calibration of control rods has also been changed.
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