The Nintendo Switch has already seen several updates since its very successful launch which made it the company's fastest-selling console in its history. Having received a day-one patch adding several features such as online multiplayer and the ability to browse and purchase content via the Nintendo eShop, the Switch picked up another three system updates to improve its general stability.
Nearly four months after its release, Nintendo has released the latest major update for its hybrid console in the form of System Update 3.0.0, which includes the following new features:
- Register a channel to receive News for specific games
- Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
- Receive notifications when your Friends go online
- Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
- Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
- Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
- Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
- Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
- Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
- Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
- Update connected controllers
- Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
Nintendo also took the chance to include a couple of fixes to address problems impacting the user experience, specifically:
- 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
Despite the major bump to the version number, Switch gamers may still lament the continued absence of features such as support for Hulu and Netflix, Bluetooth audio devices, or cloud backup for game save data.
If you've not yet been prompted to update your Switch, you can manually check for an update by going to 'Home' > 'System Settings' > 'System' > 'System Update' and then following the onscreen steps. However, make sure you have finished or saved any games in progress as installing the update will require a reboot of the console.