Report: The latest switch firmware includes Bluetooth audio support

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The Nintendo Switch comes with Bluetooth 4.1 support, which is used for wireless communication between the console and its controllers. What it is not used for is sound, but that could change soon.

As reported by Nintendo Life, the latest firmware update (v12.0.0) was released on April 5, and data miners looking at the firmware have identified references to audio support added to the Bluetooth driver. This is important, because at the moment, if you want to pair some Bluetooth headsets with your Switch, you need to buy a dongle from independent manufacturers.

News about Bluetooth audio support comes through the Switch tinkerer OatmealDome, which is recognized in tweet that “I’m not sure if anything uses this new support so far. No guarantee that it will ever be used.” The references clearly show the functionality to acquire, open, close, start and stop audio playback, so fingers are clenched to prepare Nintendo for the introduction of official support. There’s nothing in the patch notes, so if it’s planned, Nintendo isn’t ready to talk about it yet.

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Meanwhile, all eyes are on when, instead of launching the new Switch model, a new model will be launched. Nvidia is finishing production of the Tegra chip that Nintendo is relying on for existing models, and there are reports of the next model switching to a larger OLED screen, as well as adding 4K output to the TV.