Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support
Dimapur, September 15 (EMN): Almost 4 years since its launch in 2017, users can now finally use Bluetooth wireless headphones and earbuds with the Nintendo Switch.
The company quietly announced the new feature in a Twitter post today. Nintendo said that it had rolled out a software update that will enable its Switch consoles to “pair with Bluetooth devices for audio output.” Users will be able to connect their Bluetooth device by going into the settings where they will now see a new category called “Bluetooth Audio” after the update.
The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
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
You can only connect two wireless controllers with the Nintendo Switch while using Bluetooth audio. The new feature only supports Bluetooth devices with audio output and there is currently no support for microphone input.
Also, users won’t be able to use wireless headphones or earphones while playing local wireless multiplayer games.
With Steam announcing its Steam Deck console and the dismal reception of the Nintendo Switch OLED, Nintendo is bringing quality-of-life changes to its Switch consoles a tad too late in our opinion. Wireless audio was a big feature that was missing from launch day. It is true that there are a number of third-party accessories that added support for wireless audio, however, there is nothing like native support for a feature.
Suffice to say, the new update is definitely a huge “W” for the Nintendo Switch community and hopefully, this is a start to more helpful updates in the near future.