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Switch Firmware Update Adds New Friend Options, Keyboard Support And More

by Donald Theriault - June 19, 2017, 5:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 19 Source: Nintendo

Including stability. Can't forget the stability.

A software update for the Switch has resolved a long-standing issue with the Switch and added a couple of new features.

The 3.0 system software, which is available for download now, adds the ability to pull friends from the Wii U and 3DS friends lists, and enables support for USB keyboards in docked mode. The Pro Controller can also be used as a wired USB controller, though the NFC reader will be disabled in this mode.

In addition, the update fixes an issue with some models of TV where the Switch would cause the TV to jump to the Switch's HDMI port while the Switch is in sleep mode.

The full changelog is available on Nintendo's support site.

Talkback

TurdFurgyJune 19, 2017

Love the volume control in the quick settings menu. Perfect when going table top mode

ShyGuyJune 19, 2017

YEAH!

SeacorJune 19, 2017

This is a meaty system software update with a number of needed enhancements.

I hope a future system update provides the following enhancements:

Ability to:

move a game previously downloaded to internal memory to a SD Card
move or copy saved game data from system memory to a SD Card or cloud based storage
create folders
re-arrange game icons on home screen
import a user Mii from 3DS, Wii U, Miitomo, Nintendo Account, or Nintendo Network ID
view a system activity log
download optional streaming media apps from the eShop (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, Crunchyroll, Twitch, etc.)

pokepal148June 19, 2017

It's really hard for me to feel like I'm missing out on much by sticking to my Wii U/3DS backlog when the Switch is still missing a bunch of incredibly basic functionality.

Folders would be really nice. I'm up to 18 games on mine so scrolling through that one long line is getting cumbersome.

nickmitchJune 20, 2017

Or at least something like the 3DS and Wii U and Wii layouts where you can have more than one row of icons.

Bman87301June 20, 2017

Quote from: Seacor

This is a meaty system software update with a number of needed enhancements.

I hope a future system update provides the following enhancements:

Ability to:

move a game previously downloaded to internal memory to a SD Card
move or copy saved game data from system memory to a SD Card or cloud based storage
create folders
re-arrange game icons on home screen
import a user Mii from 3DS, Wii U, Miitomo, Nintendo Account, or Nintendo Network ID
view a system activity log
download optional streaming media apps from the eShop (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, Crunchyroll, Twitch, etc.)

A firmware update isn't likely to affect streaming media app availabilty-- it's probably more of a matter of getting them up on the eShop. The rest are long overdue... especially Mii importing, I was amazed I could only import my Mii via amiibo.

StratosJune 20, 2017

Well, you can technically see an activity log when you check your new friends list. I learned that I've played 110+ hours of Breath of the Wild.

SorenJune 21, 2017

Quote from: Donkos

Well, you can technically see an activity log when you check your new friends list. I learned that I've played 110+ hours of Breath of the Wild.

That thing is so inaccurate it's not even funny. It told me I started playing ARMS 2 days before I actually bought it.

WanderleiJune 21, 2017

I always wanted friend list sharing for 3ds/Wiiu.

Mop it upJune 21, 2017

What is the keyboard used for?

Added for future games like Dragon Quest X, most likely.

StratosJune 21, 2017

It is so we can easily message each other in Miiverse. Oh, wait...

pokepal148June 21, 2017

Quote from: Donk

What is the keyboard used for?

Presumably you can use it on the eshop as well for searching stuff. And on stuff like the internet browser and Netflix.

Oh wait.

BlkPaladinJune 29, 2017

Quote from: Shaymin

Added for future games like Dragon Quest X, most likely.

And the possibility for FFXIV since supposedly the director is in talks with Nintendo, all he requires is allowing "cross platform" play, which doesn't seem as much of a hurdle anymore.

Link LinkJune 29, 2017

Quote from: Soren

Quote from: Donkos

Well, you can technically see an activity log when you check your new friends list. I learned that I've played 110+ hours of Breath of the Wild.

That thing is so inaccurate it's not even funny. It told me I started playing ARMS 2 days before I actually bought it.

Did you play the demo / test runs? Because maybe it was counting that.

SorenJune 29, 2017

Quote from: Donkenada

Did you play the demo / test runs? Because maybe it was counting that.

The Switch counts betas/testpunch as a separate game.
https://scontent.fsig3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19510271_10158308907912355_499179477588181205_n.jpg?oh=b19b3244e4cab594203444ff0bb18b06&oe=59CD604B

Link LinkJune 29, 2017

Played for a little while. Welp, that proves the case of inaccuracy. No further questions, your honor.

Quote from: BlkPaladin

Quote from: Shaymin

Added for future games like Dragon Quest X, most likely.

And the possibility for FFXIV since supposedly the director is in talks with Nintendo, all he requires is allowing "cross platform" play, which doesn't seem as much of a hurdle anymore.

I think SquareEnix is the only company with enough clout to tell Sony to let it happen.

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