New Switch firmware update brings Bluetooth audio support
Nintendo’s latest firmware update for the Switch finally brings the ability to directly pair Bluetooth audio devices with the hardware.
The new feature, which comes along with firmware 13.0.0, does have certain limitations you’ll want to keep in mind. Only one Bluetooth audio device can be paired at a time, but Nintendo says that profiles for up to 10 devices can be saved to the Switch. Bluetooth microphones won’t work, and Nintendo warns that “you may experience audio latency depending on your Bluetooth device.” But, really, that’s always a concern when running audio over Bluetooth.
As well, only two wireless controllers can be used with the Switch at any one time while also using a Bluetooth audio device. To pair more controllers, you’ll need to disconnect said device. Also, Nintendo points out that “Bluetooth audio will be disconnected during local communication, such as when starting a local wireless multiplayer game.”
To make use of this new feature, make sure your Switch is updated to the latest firmware available.