Nintendo is finally bringing Bluetooth audio to the Switch with a new software update

The Nintendo Switch may be a few years old, but on Tuesday night Nintendo finally gave the console an update that users have been asking for a long time: Bluetooth audio support.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Nintendo confirmed that it had enabled the feature as part of a new Switch update. “The last #NintendoSwitch The update is now live,” the company tweeted, “including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.”

In a accompanying document, the company notes some of the limitations of the feature. When Bluetooth audio is used, you can only connect two wireless controllers to the Switch. As for headphones or speakers, although the Switch can register 10 Bluetooth devices, it can only connect to one audio device at a time.

Bluetooth microphones will also not be usable on the console.

The new update means that Nintendo fans will no longer have to buy accessories to enable listening via Bluetooth. In recent years, a number of Switch-compatible adapters have appeared as people searched for ways to play games without having to rely on built-in speakers or pluggable wired headphones.

A new OLED version of the Switch should go on sale next month. On Wednesday, Nintendo of America confirmed that the OLED Switch – which was previously said not to support Bluetooth audio — will now support the feature at launch.

As to why it decided to add the feature more than four years after the console’s launch, the company wasn’t so clear. “We chose to add Bluetooth compatibility as it will be a useful feature for those taking their Nintendo Switch console on the go,” a spokesperson said.


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