The Nintendo Switch is without a doubt one of the company’s most successful consoles, especially when considering the console’s growing library of first- and third-party games. In many ways, the Switch is a better alternative to traditional console gaming because it allows players to play their favorite games both docked and on a TV or external display – as well as handheld.
One of the most elegant, simple, and endlessly useful features it allows players to take advantage of is one that it has just introduced. Players will be able to connect a Bluetooth audio device to their Nintendo Switch with ease thanks to a new software update.
The lack of this feature exacerbated audio concerns for Nintendo Switch users, as the Switch’s Joy-Cons and Pro controllers do not have a headphone jack, unlike the PS4/PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and One.
Players can now connect to Bluetooth audio on the Nintendo Switch
The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
For more information, including restrictions on some features while using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/vzAB6lZTDu pic.twitter.com/6J5xcDl5kU
It’s worth noting that when using Bluetooth audio on the Nintendo Switch, players will only be able to use up to two wireless controllers. Players will have to disconnect the Bluetooth audio device if they want to add more controllers. Additionally, when you start a local wireless multiplayer game, Bluetooth audio will be disconnected.
Although this is a fairly common feature, neither the PS4/PS5 nor the Xbox One/Series X/S have implemented it yet. The Xbox Wireless Controller and the Dualshock 4/Dualsense both have a headphone jack, but neither can connect to Bluetooth audio devices, which is a bit of a bummer.
While this is simply Nintendo making up for a feature that should have been included from the start due to the lack of a standard headphone jack, it is still a positive development.