The Nintendo Switch Might Be Getting Bluetooth Support, Finally


The latest firmware update seems to hint that Nintendo’s taking the first steps to supporting Bluetooth audio on the Switch.

When it comes to video game audio, some players crank the volume up on their speakers. Others prefer to keep to themselves and put some headphones on for a complete, immersive experience.

The Switch doesn’t support Bluetooth audio right now, but that just might be changing.

Datamined Info Suggests the Switch May Soon Support Wireless Audio

On Wednesday, Nintendo and Mac data miner @OatmealDome pointed out on Twitter that the latest Nintendo Switch version 12.0.0 firmware update (which went live the day before) has added audio support to a Bluetooth driver.

@OatmealDome notes that while they’re unsure if anything is actually making use of that support just yet, this could indeed be a sign that you’ll soon be able to connect wireless audio devices to the 2-in-1 console.

I personally don’t think Nintendo would add this for “no reason”, so hopefully this will be used somewhere. (Especially since Bluetooth Audio is a highly requested feature on the Switch.)

We’ll see what happens. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Nintendo works in mysterious ways.

— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) April 7, 2021

The Switch currently doesn’t support Bluetooth wireless headsets. Naturally, it’s become the one of the console’s most requested features as a result. If you want to use a headset with the Switch, you’ll have to either settle with something that has a 3.5mm headset jack, or make use of a third-party adapter.

What’s Next for the Nintendo Switch?

Luckily for Nintendo, lack of Bluetooth support isn’t a deal breaker for people—it’s more of an inconvenience than anything else. But since Nintendo is releasing a new Switch console in 2021, it would be nice if the company gave the original console at least that much.

Admittedly, it would’ve been better if this information surfaced before we learned that Nintendo’s already working on the next console in its lineup (because now we’re caught drooling over the new Switch’s rumored specs instead).

Oh well. Better late than never, we suppose. That is, if Nintendo isn’t sending us fake signals.


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