The Nintendo Switch (finally) has Bluetooth support

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Using the Nintendo Switch on a train or a plane is truly a wire-free experience, four years after the console’s launch. Late last night, Nintendo released an update for its mobile console that included Bluetooth audio support, one of its most requested features.

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Before this update, if Switch users wanted to skip the wire and use Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with their Switch, they had to purchase an adapter that plugged into the console. To date, though, it’s as simple as downloading the console’s latest system update and making a few selections in the Settings menu.

However, Nintendo’s implementation of Bluetooth audio isn’t perfect. a support page The company’s site regarding Bluetooth audio for the Switch shows some of the console’s limitations in this regard. Notably, up to two wireless controllers can be connected to a single switch when using Bluetooth audio. Any Bluetooth devices will be disabled as soon as the local wireless multiplayer game starts. However, these changes make sense, given that most of the time, someone is using Bluetooth audio if they’re playing a single-player game.


This is exactly how only one wireless audio device can be connected to the Switch at a time. The console can still remember 10 different devices, but only one can be used. Similarly, some users may experience audio latency, which means any game or app audio will lag behind what is happening on-screen. According to Nintendo, however, this is less the fault of the console and more due to the use of the device.

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