Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio assist has come to the Swap by a software program replace. The power to make use of Bluetooth headphones to take heed to recreation audio has been a conspicuously lacking characteristic for the reason that console launched in 2017, so it’s nice to lastly have it — although there are some limitations.
In line with a Nintendo assist article, you’ll be restricted to utilizing two wi-fi controllers in case you’ve obtained a Bluetooth headset hooked up. The system additionally gained’t assist Bluetooth microphones, which isn’t essentially shocking on condition that Nintendo’s personal voice chat system depends on an app operating in your telephone. Nonetheless, it’s a bummer for individuals who play video games with their very own built-in voice chat talents.
Folks have gone by nice lengths to get wi-fi audio on their Swap (we even mentioned that it’d be an excellent promoting level for a Swap Professional): there have been equipment that acted as Bluetooth audio adapters, and a few headsets just like the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wi-fi got here with a dongle that took benefit of the Swap’s assist for USB wi-fi headphones.
Having Bluetooth audio built-in is a giant deal, then — particularly contemplating that Nintendo’s Professional Controller, not like many others, doesn’t embrace a headphone jack (although it’s price noting that the PS5 and Xbox Collection don’t natively assist Bluetooth audio). Even with the aforementioned limitations, the characteristic appears to be well-supported: Nintendo says that the Swap can save as much as 10 related gadgets, and says that it ought to work with each the common Swap and the Swap Lite.
My colleague Jay Peters was in a position to join his AirPods Professional to his base Swap and a Swap Lite with out a lot hassle. Within the settings menu, there’s a piece for “Bluetooth Audio,” and you’ll pair your headphones from there by following the directions.
Jay’s AirPods Professional labored properly in a number of rounds of WarioWare: Get It Collectively, with no noticeable delay — one thing that’s notably necessary for WarioWare’s fast-paced, twitchy microgames. Whereas utilizing his base Swap, Jay additionally experiences that after a chilly boot, his AirPods Professional paired practically immediately after choosing them once more within the settings menu.
Nevertheless, Sean Hollister’s second-generation Swap (not a Lite) had hassle discovering and connecting to any Bluetooth gadgets in any way. He obtained an Arctis Professional Wi-fi to attach after rebooting the Swap thrice, however most makes an attempt resulted in failure, together with with a set of first-gen Amazon Echo Buds and Wyze Buds Professional, a Bluetooth adapter for the Bose QC25 and an LG TV set. Whereas a few of them would generally seem accessible for pairing, the gaming system spit out an “Unable to search out Bluetooth audio gadgets” message even after repeated makes an attempt.
In line with the changelog, the replace additionally provides some options to make wired web extra helpful. The Swap will be capable to keep related to the web even in sleep mode if it’s hardwired in, seemingly both by an adapter or the built-in LAN port on the upcoming Nintendo Swap OLED dock. Nintendo says that this may assist the console obtain content material whereas it’s asleep, and that the characteristic will likely be on by default. Oh, and in addition you could have to do firmware updates for the dock with the built-in LAN port. I wouldn’t count on these to be as thrilling as this replace although.