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Nintendo Switch gets New Functions

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.

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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

Alice Edwards View All

Games enthusiast with a passion for all things geek culture.

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