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In the middle of this week Nintendo released a system update for the Nintendo Switch out of nowhere. The firmware 13.0.0 brings a big change: in addition to controllers, audio accessories are now also supported via Bluetooth. It was almost four and a half years for the use of Bluetooth headphones and speakers on the Nintendo Switch additional accessories required. But now this restriction is a thing of the past - and brings with it new restrictions. I have tested for you how you use the new feature and what you need to consider.
In addition to the above-mentioned option of using Bluetooth audio from switch firmware version 13.0.0 without additional accessories, there are also a few other adjustments. Here is a list of the innovations that come with the Nintendo Switch firmware 13.0.0 on the console and dock:
If you want to bring the new features to your console (the dock options are of course not available for the lite version), then it's pretty easy. The Nintendo Switch must be connected to the Internet for this and you should have closed games and other software, as the console will restart after the update installation. When you are ready, do the following:
After the update, I tried out how well Bluetooth audio accessories can be paired with the Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the new firmware version 13.0.0 and the added menu item on the console, the connection is already quite easy to control. Basically only these three steps have to be followed:
Nintendo has apparently not installed enough or not sufficiently powerful Bluetooth chips in the Switch console to be able to handle all functions at the same time. Because in addition to the audio transmission, the connection is also used for the use of wireless controllers (Joy-Cons, Pro Controller, Third party pads, etc.) as well as for the local connection of several consoles.
As a result, only two wireless controllers can be used while using Bluetooth audio on the Nintendo Switch. Bluetooth audio is disabled when playing multiplayer in local mode. I am curious whether this will also be the case with the OLED model, which will appear on October 8, 2021. What do you think of that? Please leave a comment :)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.