Nintendo Switch System Update 13.0.0 Adds Bluetooth Audio Support

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A new firmware just dropped on the Nintendo Switch. One of the biggest features is the support for Bluetooth audio devices. There is also a new feature that uses the LAN port on the dock.

Bluetooth Audio Support

Since many smartphones and tablets nowadays have ditched the headphone jack, you probably spent money on a good pair of wireless headphones or earbuds.

While Nintendo Switch still has a 3.5mm jack, the newest firmware lets it pair up with your Bluetooth audio devices, so that you can enjoy a wireless gaming experience on the go.

You can save as many as 10 devices on the Switch, though keep in mind that only one audio device can be active at a time. The Bluetooth audio will automatically be disabled when you are using local wireless communication. 

To pair your audio device to the console, turn on its pairing mode. On the Switch, open System Settings, scroll down to Bluetooth Audio, and then select Pair. Your Bluetooth audio device has to be in range to connect seamlessly.

Other Features

Update 13.0.0 has a lot of things to offer. Aside from Bluetooth audio support, it also has the nifty feature of maintaining internet connectivity while on Sleep Mode. This is perfect if there is a huge update for your favorite games and you want the console to download it while preserving battery life.

Take note that this feature is only available on systems with wired internet connections. Once you’ve applied Update 13.0.0, this setting is enabled by default.

The latest firmware also adds a new feature called “Update Dock” for Switch models, which have a docking station with a LAN port. This allows automatic software updates on Nintendo Switch docks whenever they are available. Because the Nintendo Switch Lite doesn’t have a docking station, this feature is not available.

Lastly, the method to calibrate the Switch’s control sticks has been slightly changed. From the System Settings, head to Controllers and Sensors, and then choose Calibrate Control Sticks. 

From here, you will be asked to fully tilt the sticks in any direction for a few seconds to start calibration.

If you want to learn more about Update 13.0.0, you can head over to the official website.

So, what can you say about the latest firmware? Are you happy that Nintendo has added official support for Bluetooth audio devices?

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