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Nintendo Switch owners finally have access to Bluetooth audio four years later

But you will be limited to two wireless controllers when you connect a Bluetooth audio device.

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One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Nintendo Switch is the fact that it hasn’t had support for Bluetooth audio in the four years since it has been available. Luckily, that is finally changing. The company released a surprise software update that adds Bluetooth audio support.

There are a couple of minor limitations to the new update, however. If you connect a Bluetooth audio device to your Switch, you will be limited to a maximum of two connected wireless controllers. You won’t be able to connect any additional controllers until you disconnect the audio device.

Additionally, the new feature doesn’t support Bluetooth microphones, and you’ll still have to go through the Nintendo Switch Online app to use voice chat features on your Switch.

This update also includes a few more improvements. The update has improved the console’s wired internet features. The Switch will now have the ability to stay connected while in sleep mode if it is connected via LAN.

Of course, you’ll have to use an adapter to connect a LAN cable for now. Today’s Switch consoles don’t have an integrated ethernet port, something that has been added to the upcoming OLED Switch coming next month.

Bluetooth audio support for the Switch has been a long time coming. There have been Bluetooth dongles developed specifically for the Switch, and they work fine. But having to add an extra device can make your console bulky and less ergonomic. With the portable aspect of the console, it makes sense for it to finally have Bluetooth audio support.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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