For a console designed to be played almost anywhere, the Nintendo Switch has mysteriously lacked support for wireless headphones, despite having a Bluetooth connection. You have either had to connect headphones using a cord or connect a wireless headphone adapter. Bout with the 13.0.0 Switch update that just rolled out, that Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio devices.
Nintendo of America only announced the new feature on its Twitter account, aeven if you had assumed that the company would have made a bigger deal to promote the extra functionality, as Switch players have been asking for built-in Bluetooth audio support for years now. Better late than never?
With the 13.0.0 update installed, a new one Bluetooth audio section is displayed in the switch’s settings menu below Controllers and sensors, with a simple Pair unit option along with a list of restrictions also described in a new support page on the Nintendo website. With a Bluetooth audio device connected – be it a pair of wireless headphones, earphones or a speaker – the switch is only capable of wirelessly connecting to up to two controllers at a time. It means fire-player Super Mario fest matches are excluded. Bluetooth audio devices will also be disconnected when two switches are locally connected to wireless multiplayer games.
The switch also only allows a single Bluetooth audio device to be actively paired at a time, even though it can remember connections to up to 10 different devices at a time. The console also does not support the microphone on wireless headphones or speakers, presumably because voice chat functionality on the switch is already dependent on a smartphone app, and Nintendo warns that players may experience audio delay depending on the type of Bluetooth audio device used. These are not insignificant limitations, which is probably why Nintendo did not include this functionality at launch. But with the contact gets long in the tooth and the holiday is comes with only OLED switch as a new hardware option, it’s an upgrade that makes the original switch more appealing to those who have not yet purchased one.