The Nintendo Switch has received its first substantial system update since launch, version 3.0.0.
The update adds a raft of features designed to streamline or improve the experience of using the console and its menus (although many are features already included on other consoles).
The update should automatically download, but if it doesn’t, just head to Settings > System > System Update.
Among other things, you can now add friends who were previously on your 3DS and Wii U Friends List, receive notifications when friends come online and, in a lovely touch, make detached Joy-Con vibrate to help you find where you lost them.
The update should also alleviate the problem where certain TVs constantly received notifications that the Switch had been plugged in via HDMI.
The details were perhaps a little too dry to be included as a part of Nintendo’s brilliant E3 showing.
You can see a full list of new features and fixes below:
- 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
- Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
- 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
General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:
- 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
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he’s going to hide his Joy-Con in people’s desks and frighten them until he is fired. Follow him on Twitter.
Source: IGN Video Games