Nintendo Switch gets a great big system update

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Nintendo’s Switch is an amazing little system, that’s quickly becoming home to unique and wonderful games. While its software library may be expanding, the system’s base operating system leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a little spare and utilitarian – missing many of the features that owners want. While there’s still no Virtual Console, a new update for the system has rolled out, and it’s a big one.

There’s nothing especially mind-blowing in the update, but it does come with a host of usability updates that’ll make the system a little friendlier. One of the primary ones is the ability to find paired controllers by making them vibrate. The little detached Joy-Con can easily find themselves lost in the back of a couch or in the recesses of a bag, so it’s nice to be able to locate them without resorting to frantic searching.

There’s a newly improved News sections to help you find information on the games you love and the ones you’re yet to love. The system will also let you import friends lists over from the Wii U and 3DS if you have an associated Nintendo ID – which is a godsend on a system that still uses those blasted friends codes.

You can now also plug a USB keyboard into the system’s dock for your typing needs, as well as use the Pro controller as a wired one when plugged in.

Most importantly for some TV owners is a change to the system’s HDMI CEC functions that prevent the Switch from taking over your TV. It’s an issue that mostly affected Samsung TV owners, and has been one of the more requested fixes. Lastly, there are a few brand new Splatoon icons to use as your profile picture.  You can read our thoughts on the Switch here, with the full changelog below:

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Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0

Added the following system functionality

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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

Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • fleshtwister

    Sweet!

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