Nintendo Switch Bluetooth audio update finally released after four years

The OLED model will never have to do with out Bluetooth audio (pic: Nintendo)

It’s a mystery as to why it’s taken this long but you can now finally use Bluetooth headsets and speakers with the Nintendo Switch.

To be honest, the reasoning behind most Nintendo decisions is a mystery but it has taken an extraordinarily long time to add Bluetooth audio support to the Switch – but now finally it’s working.

The new feature was added as part of the v13.0.0 update and, unfortunately, it’s not quite as straightforward as you’d hope. According to the Nintendo support page only one audio device can be in use at a time and Bluetooth microphones won’t work at all.

That’s likely something to do with the Joy-Cons, as you can only have two wireless controllers connected to a Switch while using Bluetooth audio. Also, you’ll be disconnected when starting a local wireless multiplayer game.

The same update also adds the ability to download while the console is in sleep mode, which is probably something that should’ve been there from the start too, and the option to update the firmware of a Switch dock with a LAN port.

You’ll also now be able to check whether your wireless internet connection is 2.4GHz or 5GHz, which can help track down issues when you’re having interference problems.

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The biggest news recently with the Nintendo Switch is that the original model is being reduced in price by £20, to £260.

This is in turn is in preparation for the release of the OLED Model, which will now not only have a much better screen but Bluetooth audio support from the start.

The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.

For more information, including restrictions on some features while using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/oGkNXDtsCX pic.twitter.com/VDIiWcgZRE

— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) September 15, 2021

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