What just happened? Out of nowhere, a tweet from Nintendo of America revealed 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 can make it look unappealing to fans of Mario, Zelda, and the rest of the Nintendo gang.
The Nintendo Switch has been on the market for more than four years, and throughout this time it remained without a much-requested feature: Bluetooth audio. Today that has suddenly changed …
The last #NintendoSwitch The update is available now, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
Big N finally responded to the demands for Bluetooth audio connectivity. If you own a Switch and wanted to ditch the dongles for wireless audio experiences, rejoice. On the other hand, some fans may be disappointed, because the news is not all optimistic. Unfortunately, the update is marred by a number of limitations, listed below:
- While using Bluetooth audio, you can only connect up to two wireless controllers. Bluetooth audio device must be disconnected to allow three or more wireless controllers
- Bluetooth audio is disconnected during local communication, this includes local wireless multiplayer sessions
- You can store up to 10 Bluetooth audio devices on a Nintendo Switch system, but only one can be paired at a time
- You can’t use Bluetooth microphones
- There may be audio latency depending on the Bluetooth device being used
Since Bluetooth microphones are banned, voice chat on the Switch basically remains linked 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 began implementing voice chat for multiplayer games available on Switch a few years ago.