What just happened? Out of the blue, a tweet from Nintendo of America unveiled the arrival of the highly anticipated Bluetooth audio feature for Switch consoles. What’s intriguing is that it comes with a set of limitations that might make it somewhat unappealing to fans of Mario, Zelda, and the rest of the Nintendo gang.
The Nintendo Switch has been on the market for over four years, and during that time it has gone without a much-requested feature: Bluetooth audio. Today, that changed suddenly …
The last #NintendoSwitch The update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.
For more information, including restrictions on certain features when using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/vzAB6lZTDu pic.twitter.com/6J5xcDl5kU
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
Big N has finally responded to requests for Bluetooth audio connectivity. If you are a Switch owner and want to get rid of dongles for wireless audio experiences, rejoice. Then again, some fans might be disappointed, as not all the news is rosy and shiny. Unfortunately, the update comes with a number of limitations, which are listed below:
- When using Bluetooth audio, you can only connect a maximum of two wireless controllers. The Bluetooth audio device must be disconnected in order to allow at least three wireless controllers
- Bluetooth audio is disconnected during local communication, this includes local wireless multiplayer sessions
- You can register up to 10 Bluetooth audio devices to a Nintendo Switch console, but only one can be paired at a time
- You cannot use bluetooth microphones
- There may be audio latency depending on the bluetooth device used
Since Bluetooth microphones are prohibited, voice chat on the Switch remains primarily tied to the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, with the mandatory use of a smartphone or other mobile device. There is an alternative called Vivox, which started implementing voice chat for multiplayer games available on the Switch a few years ago, however.
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