It may not be as exciting as Mario or Metroid news, but Nintendo have released an update to the Switch that has some fairly interesting features.
The new functions include notifications when friends come online, and the option to find and add friends who you had previously connected with on WiiU or 3DS consoles. It also aims to fix an issue reported with certain smart TVs that confused HDMI input, causing it to switch constantly.
Perhaps the most universally useful addition is the option to make missing Joy-Cons vibrate, so they’re easier to find when detached. Completely anecdotal evidence indicates a wide variety of controller preferences amongst Switch players, but if you are in the relaxed, snapped-off Joy-Con camp you’ll not have to worry about misplacing the peripherals ever again. Well, within reason.
The Version 3.0.0 update will most likely automatically download, but failing that you can navigate to Settings > System > System Update.
The full details of the new version are listed below, or click here to visit Nintendo Support for more info:
Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0
Added the following system functionality
Register a channel to receive News for specific games
To register, head to News > Find Channels
Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
Receive notifications when your Friends go online
To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
* This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
* The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
Update connected controllers
To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
* User save data is not deleted
General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:
Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode
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