OS 13.0 often brings good news about Bluetooth — along with a strange menu update.
In an update Tuesday night, Nintendo changed the course of one of the biggest limitations of the Switch portable console: Bluetooth audio support. This feature is now active on OS 13.0, which can be downloaded to all Switch regions.
Until this update, Switch consoles had portable audio capability, which was quite unlike smartphones like the iPhone, where the Switch only worked with headphones wired via the console's 3.5mm headphone jack. In manual mode, this limitation may be more likely because the system is in your hands, so a wired headset makes more sense.
When the Nintendo Switch connects to the TV, on the other hand, headphone options are limited. Without Bluetooth audio support, users have to either carry a 3.5mm cable to their entertainment center or use a pair of wireless headphones with a USB dongle-compatible switch, which must be plugged into one of the open dock switches. The ports are different from modern Xbox and PlayStation consoles, which provide more options for 3.5mm jacks on gamepads and built-in wireless controller functionality. Getting Rid of Wires at Cost
Depending on your Bluetooth headset, the Switch 13.0 update might be simple enough to set up and run. Open the switch settings menu, select the dedicated "Bluetooth" tab, and enter the connection menu. Put the headphones into "pairing" mode, and they should appear on the switching screen. This functionality is similar to any other Bluetooth pairing interface you've seen before.Ads
Each switch controller supports up to 10 stored Bluetooth pairs, although only one Bluetooth headset can be actively connected to one switch at a time. Speaking of limitations: In Bluetooth audio mode, only two "controllers" can be connected to the Nintendo Switch at the same time, and Nintendo says a pair of Joy-Cons count as two controllers. So, if you want to use Bluetooth audio when playing with another person, both people have to either turn the Joy-Con to the other side or opt for "Pro" style gamepads instead.
This conflict between the headset and gamepad is arguably a byproduct of Bluetooth Switch support all the time - because the system uses a Bluetooth 4.1 controller to talk to its wireless gamepads. Even if Switch BT's control bandwidth is limited, it saves latency by blocking one of the key features of BT. The Switch turns off all Bluetooth headphones by default (although Switch games generally do not support microphone audio).
Despite BT's bandwidth, Nintendo hasn't magically solved an inherent problem with the game all together. With most bluetooth headphones: Low sound. My experiences with Google Pixel Buds and Surface Headphones have shown that there are significant delays between on-screen performance and when it's heard on a Bluetooth headset — enough delay if the TV vibrates too hard. Turn on the TV.
This has been a great time to rely on one of my newer Bluetooth options, the Razer True Wireless Earbuds, which offer a low-latency audio mode as an option. Unfortunately, my switch refused to detect this airbag when it detected the pairing, even if I was able to successfully pair these razor buds to a nearby laptop a few moments later. The adapter's Bluetooth interface does not mention BT devices that do not fall into the "audio only" category, and adapter owners may be said to inhibit creativity and connect mice, keyboards, or other input devices. (Xbox still wins in this area.)Advertising
At least one Ars employee has been able to connect Airpods Pro to their private key, which is probably useful for overall device support, but you may encounter testing issues and bugs about Less popular headphone options.
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The OS update also introduces an unconventional menu change we haven't seen before on the Switch: changing the option to upgrade the additional OS to the dock. This will certainly be the case with the late launch of the OLED adapter this year is fitting because a new built-in wired adapter has been integrated into the dock, the performance of which will eventually require software updates. Or Nintendo may have its own reasons for updating the little silicon pad on all of the Switch's docks in nature.
However, this is an interesting add-on, following the rumors circulating about the Switch Pro, which were recently suggested. In March, the most powerful system includes Nvidia's DLSS hardware solution to enhance 4K low-resolution resolution on TV. Nintendo has made it clear that the OLED Switch of the future will provide exactly the same power as current Switch systems and will in no way prevent mid-generation upgrades for hardware. But if Nintendo wants to dispel conspiracy theories about high-tech Switch docks, it won't help to upgrade the Dock's OS.
The Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio — but beware of the delay