Far from being perfect, this feature could prove to be very useful in everyday life, especially for supporters of wireless headphones and headsets.
This was part of the improvements we wanted to see happen with the Nintendo Switch OLED. It looks like we’re lucky since Nintendo decided to implement this feature sooner than we would have hoped. The Nintendo Switch was recently offered an update that allows it to support Bluetooth audio devices, such as headphones, earphones and speakers.
Nintendo Switch updates to now use Bluetooth audio devices!
– Nintendo France (@NintendoFrance) September 15, 2021
It was on Twitter that Big N broke the news to its players, who were delighted to finally have the option to connect headphones when playing solo. Indeed, the hybrid console has always supported Bluetooth but only for controllers, until now. However, this functionality comes with a few unavoidable conditions that the builder has taken care to detail.
Still no microphone support
When you want to pair an audio device via Bluetooth, be aware that only two controllers can be supported at the same time. This implies that you will have to choose between playing 6 on the same console, or using an audio device. In the case of headphones or earphones this is not that much of a problem, but it is more so if you want to use a speaker.
In addition, the function is not yet compatible with Bluetooth microphones. In the event that you are playing an online game, then you will not be able to communicate with other players through the microphone built into your earphones or headphones. Nintendo also cautions that some devices may experience high latencies when connected.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you should already be able to download the update for free from your console settings. As a reminder, the Nintendo Switch OLED will be available for sale on October 8 and you can already pre-order it from many online retailers.
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