The Nintendo Switch Finally Adds Support for Bluetooth Headphones

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The Nintendo Switch Finally Adds Support for Bluetooth Headphones
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For a console designed to be played almost anywhere, the Nintendo Switch has mysteriously lacked support for wireless headphones, despite having Bluetooth connectivity. You’ve either had to connect headphones using a wire, or attach a wireless headphone adapter. But with the 13.0.0 Switch update that just rolled out, the Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio devices.

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Nintendo of America just announced the new feature on its Twitter account, although you’d have assumed the company would have made a bigger deal about promoting the added functionality given Switch gamers have been asking for native Bluetooth audio support for years now. Better late than never?

With the 13.0.0 update installed, a new Bluetooth Audio section appears in the Switch’s settings menu beneath Controllers and Sensors, with a simple Pair Device option, along with a list of limitations that are also detailed in a new support page on the Nintendo website. With a Bluetooth audio device connected—be it a pair of wireless headphones, earbuds, or a speaker—the Switch is only able to wirelessly connect to up two controllers at a time. This means four-player Super Mario Party battles are out of the question. Bluetooth audio devices will also be disconnected when two Switches are locally connected for wireless multiplayer gaming.

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