Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio support has come to the Switch through a software update. The ability to use Bluetooth headphones to listen to game audio has been a conspicuously missing feature since the console launched in 2017, so it’s great to finally have it — though there are some limitations.
According to a Nintendo support article, you’ll be limited to using two wireless controllers if you’ve got a Bluetooth headset attached. The system also won’t support Bluetooth microphones, which isn’t necessarily surprising given that Nintendo’s own voice chat system relies on an app running on your phone. Still, it’s a bummer for people who play games with their own built-in voice chat abilities.
There have been accessories that let you use Bluetooth audio with the Switch, but having it built-in is a big deal (especially given that Nintendo’s Pro Controller, unlike many others, doesn’t include a headphone jack). Even with the aforementioned limitations, the feature seems to be well-supported — Nintendo says that the Switch can save up to 10 connected devices.
We’re testing the feature out now, and will report back to let you know how well it works.