Nintendo Switch System Update 13.0.0 Adds Bluetooth Audio Support

Well, that’s a pleasant surprise!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 09/15/2021 15:58 Comment on this     ShareThis

One of the oft-lamented things about Switch has been the console’s inability to pair via Bluetooth to any external audio devices. Whether it’s headphones or speakers, there was no way to connect without the aid of extra accessories. Now, Nintendo has finally implemented this feature alongside a handful of other changes in what is a fairly large update. Here are the full patch notes (if you want the truncated version of the notes, scroll down below for our summary):

Ver. 13.0.0 (Released September 14, 2021)

Bluetooth audio support was added.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.
    • Bluetooth microphones are not supported.
    • Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.
    • Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.
    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.

“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.

  • Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.
  • This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
  • For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.

“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
    • The setting is enabled by default.
  • When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

So, to break it down:

  • You can pair Bluetooth audio devices with any Switch console now.
  • The OLED Model dock, which has a dedicated LAN port, can get dock software updates in the future.
  • Any Switch nested inside of a dock with a wired LAN connection can get automatic software updates and remain always connected to the Internet, even while in sleep mode.
  • Calibration of control sticks has been tweaked.
  • Users can check whether they have a 2.4GHz or 5 GHz frequency.

And there you have it. Any questions or thoughts about Update 13.0.0? Tell us down in the comments!

Source: Nintendo of America Twitter Page & Customer Support Page

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