Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch Now Supports Wireless USB Headsets

The Nintendo Switch received a hefty update last night bringing with it a number of improvements. One thing that was spotted on Reddit is the ability to support wireless USB headsets. The use of USB headsets is primarily for docked mode. You can test out a variety of USB headsets if you have some at your disposal.

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      1. LOL. Switch has a ridiculous lineup already. Easily their best console launch window EVER, for software. Most Switch owners are struggling to even remotely keep up with all the games they want for it. Troll harder. Complaining about games, doesn’t hold water.

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      2. I’m not trolling the only two games that have caught my eye have been FE: Warriors and the new Xenoblade. I genuinely don’t care for the other games that dropped. Just because I didn’t go batshit crazy over Nintendo shit doesn’t mean I’m trolling. At this point there isn’t enough that interest ME for me to go out and cop a Switch.

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      3. Yea, I already know what FE: Warriors is going to play like because it’s a Dynasty Warriors reskin and they all play the same with slight differences in the mechanics, I played the Xenoblade game they had on wii u and it was kinda fire so I figure xenoblade chronicle 2 should be fire

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      1. Actually, they haven’t been supporting BT headset even though having BT since 2006 and consoles back then had them as a standard. Of course it’s mind blowing for the 21st century because everybody else has/support one except Nintendo.

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    1. If you think that support makes a difference whatsoever to Nintendo’s business, you don’t understand the target market. They’re not trying to sell to the market that owns things like $200 headsets. It’ll be nice when the support gets there, but Nintendo would have to be high to consider it a priority. The Nintendo platform will never be the platform of choice for that demographic.

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      1. You fail to ask yourself “WTF still uses USB for certain features like headsets and mouses when Bluetooth exists as the new/current standard that doesn’t require more hardware hassles”. IDGARA about demographics because all demographics supports this shit YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW. The fact that Nintendo deliberately ignore this for 3 consoles straight is still evident that they’re just as backwards as usual in some degree.

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      2. You could very well use ~60$ BT headsets for decent on the go experience, and on the go should be their priority.
        But yes, the thing is still in development and features will come in time.
        I don’t think they anticipated the level of success the Switch is currently having, but they really need to start ramping up focus on those features after holidays to keep the casual interested in the device.
        Games alone can’t do it on the broad spectrum.

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      3. so replying this way is weird. Sorry if this displays in an odd order.

        @thestrangablog

        “You fail to ask yourself “WTF still uses USB for certain features like headsets and mouses when Bluetooth exists as the new/current standard that doesn’t require more hardware hassles”. ”

        Well, this isn’t entirely accurate. The corsair set I’m wearing right now is the highest end that they sell and it uses a usb dongle, as does the previous two sony headsets I’ve owned which were specifically designed for the ps3 and 4 respectively. So even utilizing bluetooth there are plenty of headsets with equal “hardware hassles”. Though I didn’t mention it because it wasn’t relevant to my point.

        “all demographics supports this shit YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW. ”

        Demographics refers to the customer, not to platforms. There are legions of demographics of customer who do not give a crap about bluetooth headsets and would never use one. You’re focusing on a specific subset of the hardcore gaming audience. Nintendo markets to the general public, most of whom do not own any headset at all.

        @petric22

        “You could very well use ~60$ BT headsets for decent on the go experience, and on the go should be their priority.”

        The cost wasn’t the point, it was the interest in spending money on an additional sound device for the system. Most people don’t. A FAR fewer number of Nintendo’s target audience does than PS4 or PC customers, hence why they wouldn’t focus on it.

        “but they really need to start ramping up focus on those features after holidays to keep the casual interested in the device.
        Games alone can’t do it on the broad spectrum.”

        Nintendo’s done is 5 times before by my count, so I see no specific reason why focusing solely on games would be a problem now.

        NES
        SNES
        Wii
        Gameboy
        DS

        Which one cared about being an audio player?

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    2. My guess is that Nintendo hasn’t figured out how to implement Bluetooth without affecting the Joy Con connections. You guys recall when the Joy Cons were going haywire on the review units? Early buyers also had the same issues and the announcement Nintendo released asked people not to use it around Wi-Fi signals and aquariums?

      I got my Switch in late August, my joy cons still acts up for a few seconds for every couple of hours of gaming. I wouldn’t be surprised if they (quietly) release new Joy Con (hopefully alongside a better dock) next year to fix some of these issues (Remember Wiimote plus? Ugh…). Or to piss off more people, maybe release new Switch unit around the same time to improve performance, storage, battery and form factor.

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      1. Really? JoyCons were already experiencing problems without BT headset connectivity in the equation. There’s no excuse for excluding it besides Nintendo acting as our nanny ONCE AGAIN.

        As for the Switch upgrades, they don’t have to make a new model. A few components was actually revealed to be removable and replaceable like the battery and storage chip. Meaning the current Switch is actually upgradeable on itself. They could just release new parts in stores for the general consumer and do the job. The Switch’s hardware build is actually more repair friendly than ever. JoyCons however can be fixed or replaced by purchasing a new one while keeping the old as a backup. Bam. No more interference bullshit or sticking with dated hardware pieces. Not to mention Nintendo actually future proof the Switch for the eventual 2TB Micro SD cards which is a smart move. Also, Nyko has us covered with a new Dock for the Switch. Slim, grounded, portable and much cheaper. I’m talking $50 for just a flat stand that doesn’t obstruct at all. Also, the dock can also work as a 4K enhancement in the near future and really boost the console for better performances at home. I’m not sure if the RAM can be removed/upgraded but if it can, that’s fucking brilliant because you don’t have to buy another system anymore. Just buy the parts whenever you needed; so,etching that Sony/M$ failed to do when they decided to poorly mimic the PC.

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    1. You would have to be able to pair the BT module.
      And most likely not, since it’s still a BT module, not an USB headphone.
      I’m sure BT headset support will come due time.
      But I’m glad for even this, since now I can play the console with my old wireless USB gaming headset on TV without disturbing anyone sleeping.

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