Bluetooth audio support hinted for Nintendo Switch

Could the Nintendo Switch finally have a dedicated party chat app soon?

According to information obtained by dataminers, the latest Nintendo Switch update contains code that hints at native bluetooth audio support.

Released March 2017, the Nintendo Switch launched without native support for bluetooth headsets. Twitter user @OatmealDome posted the data leak on Twitter this week (April 8), following the 12.0.0 system software update.


OatmealDome responded to the initial tweet: “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.)”

It is possible to use a bluetooth headset with the Switch, but it requires a USB-C adapter or an auxiliary port to bluetooth adapter. Using the USB-C port with a bluetooth headset limits users as it is the primary charging port of the Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is the only current-generation console which does not have bluetooth audio connectivity.

The Nintendo Switch console with red and blue Joy-Con controllers
Nintendo Switch Credit: Nintendo

The update also includes lines of code which hint at the existence of the rumoured Switch Pro.

Hidden away in the update is this line of code: “4kdp_preferred_over_usb30”. The code tells the Nintendo Switch to prioritise a 4K display port over the USB 3.0 port.


Current Switch models can not output a 4K image. This line of code could well be the first proof that Nintendo is working on a 4K-enabled Switch

Native bluetooth headset support could also lead to official party chat support for the handheld console. Players who wish to chat with friends on the Nintendo Switch currently have to download a mobile app.

Capcom confirmed this week (April 7) that Monster Hunter: Rise has shipped over five million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest launches on Nintendo Switch this year.

Capcom celebrated the occasion by releasing a free Commemorative Item Pack in the game The pack included healing, food and crafting items.

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