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How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo switch?

To pair a Bluetooth headset, you're supposed to go to System Settings, scroll down to Bluetooth Audio, set your Bluetooth device to pairing mode, tap Pair Device on your Switch, then select your device once it appears on the Switch's screen. If it pairs, you're set! The VergeHow to fix your Nintendo Switch if Bluetooth borked its wake from sleep

Does switch have Bluetooth?

After years of asking for the feature, gamers can now use Bluetooth headphones on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch may be a few years old, but on Tuesday night Nintendo at last gave the console an update users have long requested: Bluetooth audio support. CNETNintendo finally brings Bluetooth audio to the Switch with new software update

Nintendo submitted a 180-day request for confidentiality to the FCC on July 26th that hides more revealing details of the device, like photos and actual schematics. But there are still a few details to share. The device is wireless and uses Bluetooth, and it appears to draw more power at 3.5mW than the Joy-Con’s 2.7mW. FCC label placement, which can sometimes reveal a bit more of how a device actually looks, also suggests whatever it is would be a departure from the single label that Joy-Con use.

There’s also the possibility of a new Pro Controller to go with the OLED Nintendo Switch coming in October. Nintendo has been tight-lipped about what Joy-Con revisions will come with that new console — specifically refusing to say if it fixes Joy-Con drift — but maybe there’s something in the works.

Either way, given Nintendo’s track record, it’s safe to expect the unexpected. The company does, and largely gets away with doing, whatever it wants. It randomly added Bluetooth audio support to the Switch via a software update just this week, after years of pleading from gamers. A new controller could be as exciting and odd as Nintendo Labo or as bog-standard as a slightly tweaked version of the Pro Controller.

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NME 17 September, 2021 - 12:40pm

Rumour: It Looks Like Nintendo Will Soon Unveil A New Controller For Switch

Nintendo Life 17 September, 2021 - 12:40pm

A new FCC application suggests that a brand new Nintendo Switch controller may well be on the way, and it looks like it could be unveiled in the very near future.

As spotted by Twitter user @SamusHunter2, the application is simply labelled as 'Nintendo Game controller' and was published for the first time today, 16th September 2021. FCC IDs are assigned to devices registered with the United States Federal Communications Commission and are required to legally sell a wireless device in the country.

Applied for by Nintendo Co., Ltd, the new product's FCC ID is 'BKEHAC043', which gives us our first clue as to what the product could be. 'HAC' is the code used for all Nintendo Switch products (the Switch itself has 'HAC-001' written on the back, the left Joy-Con is 'HAC-015', Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con is 'HAC-022', and so on), proving that 'HAC-043', a section of the ID chosen by the applicant, is referring to something Switch-related.

So we know the filing has been prepared for a new Switch controller, but what could that controller be? Two options immediately jump to mind, the first being a new controller designed for use with Nintendo Switch Online.

Intriguingly, the official SNES controller for Switch, designed for use with Switch Online's SNES app, has the product code 'HAC-042'. Could 'HAC-043' be the next in line – perhaps an N64-inspired controller, or a Game Boy-style option to go alongside the recent rumours? Perhaps for another system entirely?

The second option that seems relatively plausible is a new Pro Controller that could launch alongside the Switch OLED next month, perhaps adding to Switch's recent Bluetooth audio update by finally offering a controller with a headphone jack or other new features. Of course, all of this is purely speculation on our part for now – we'll have to wait and see what the product turns out to be.

As for when we'll learn more, well, hopefully that won't be too long away. The application's confidential material has an expiry date of 16th March 2022, meaning the FCC will no longer be obliged to hide information relating to it from that date. It's safe to assume we'll hear about whatever the controller is sometime before then.

Intrigued? Feel free to share your thoughts on what this controller could be in the comments below.

[source fccid.io, via twitter.com]

About Ryan Craddock

Ryan can list the first 151 Pokémon all in order off by heart – a feat he calls his ‘party trick’ despite being such an introvert that he’d never be found anywhere near a party. He’d much rather just have a night in with Mario Kart and a pizza, and we can’t say we blame him.

Comments (69)

Very interesting, hope it is a new pro controller with a white color scheme and bluetooth support. maybe pro joy cons?

Another totally real rumour from Mr. Iam Sirius, who knows a guy who knows a guy whose dad works at Nintendo!

File this under: believe when seen.

N64 maybe which would be nice

it's gonna be something you stick to your forehead and the game that will feature the controller is going to be a quiz where you'll answer by nodding your head.

A Game Boy style controller, of cause

Having this alongside the OLED wouldn't be a bad idea. Not convinced it'll be enough to replace my trusty pro controller though

All they need to do is fix joycon drift and the false inputs on the Pro Controller d-pad... then everything would be fine.

A more powerful bluetooth connection between joycon and console would also be nice.

Unless the OLED supports Low Latency codec, along with this potential new controller, a headphone jack won't be useful.

@SonOfVon like the microgame in Smooth Moves?

Maybe it's just an updated Joy Con but with the drift fixed?

I want a controller for the switch lite that you can mount on the sides and connect via bluetooth. Sort of like a grip case but it has joycons built in. Moving forward on my left analog is already buggy, sometimes I have to use a some force to make my player go sprint instead of walk. Doubt it will happen though so just wishful thinking.

I use Hori Split Pad Pro for handheld and 8BitDo's Pro 2 for docked. I sold my original joycons after two and a half years once I got the SPP and have never looked back. Never experienced drift with the stock joycons mind, just thought they were pathetically small and the lack of a d-pad was insanity.

The Pro Controller was fine for BotW and Mario Odyssey etc but totally useless for games where I much prefer a d-pad: shooters, retro games and indie platformers etc. I rarely touch it now.

In short, IMO the best Switch controllers aren't even made by Nintendo.

maybe a gameboy themed controller for nso gameboy games

Wireless Metal DDR mat controller for Nintendo Switch ?

@stinky_t dk, haven't played that one. When there were labo rumors I made an outlandish prediction and guessed correctly so that's what I'm sticking with

A controller to go along with Metroid Dread perhaps? The Samus Stimulator?

@Clarice dang, that sounds kinda hot

Does everything except address drift issues

@jrt87 +1 on the Hori SPP. Worth every single penny and the sticks response are even better than the Dualshock when playing shooters IMO. The Nintendo Procon is crazy expensive and I never considered buying it. Might as well get some wireless PowerA instead as for that money you can buy 2 on a sale.

Once upon a time there was something called 'news'! News was a type of information that would often be full of facts and official announcements. Not rumours anyone of us could make up.

I am thinking that it is NOT a new controller but rather an official Switch Bluetooth Headset or Earbuds.

Hopefully a new joy-con with a d-pad for gameboy

@SonOfVon Dread & Wet, baby...🤤

Intersting! Cant wait to see it

If you want a Game Boy-inspired controller, just get the G Classic Edition of the 8BitDo Pro 2 or the SN30 Pro.

@InJeffable The point with a gameboy styled controller would be to use it in handheld mode.

@SonOfVon well I like the sound of that anyway, I'm hoping this comes true

I'm voting for official bluetooth headset.

Hopefully N64 or something to replicate the feel of a Game Boy, although not sure how the second one would work. Game Boy Advance joy cons would work though.

Sadly as there is only one not two it's unlikely to be revised joycons that address drift and other issues.

Hopefully a pro controller a build in microphone and with Bluetooth (Thus iPad support)

Just give me an official joy con with a d-pad

More of this type of rumour, backed by proof, and less of the some random internet charlatan said something and we are going to give him air time so we can both get clicks.

I'm hoping for an improved joycon seeing the joycon are so rubbish. If I speculate though, it could also be a special voice chat enabled controller that makes you prove you are over 21 by using the lR scanner on your wrinkles and then checks your ability to swear and bully small children via a microphone, and if you are old, and like swearing at kids, it connects to the nearest PS4, PS5,watershed TV or the internet.

The sky is the limit on this rumor. The only speculative thought I have to add is it could be a Gameboy mini system, but I'd have to check the NES/SNES mini codes, which I'm not near at present.

Or maybe we're finally getting a proper U-Force controller to play NES Online games the way they were meant to be played.

I'm hoping it's either an N64 controller for N64 switch online games or a Gameboy Classic Edition.

But it could either be the Joycon with an angled top like in the patent from ages ago or a headset/headphones.

It'll most likely be nothing due to it being a rumor.

Nintendo reveals a whole ass Gameboy to use on your Switch lmao

@SonOfVon nodding intensifies

I vote for the Switch hula hoop, personally. I wanna be able to play Dark Souls while constantly wiggling to make the character run.

@Fighting_Game_Loser LOL Here guys enjoy your brick

@jrt87 agreed

The New Switch "Oops, All Drift!" Controller!

@Guitario Got any links to the D-pad solution you opted for?

This HAC code stuff doesn't prove anything, but it does give a pretty indication that it's Switch related. What was the NES controller's HAC code?

New Nintendo Switch Joycon with Drift+ Tech. Same control more of that great drift we refuse to admit exists.

Also...what if its an N64 controller? They did NES and SNES for the classics maybe they will announce N64 games and a N64 wireless controller???

Lmao it's just a full gameboy without the screen

It would be nice if they ever sold one with a proper d-pad, for the many people like myself that don't ever use individual joy-cons for controllers.

Some new Joycons. I’ll pay whatever they want

Nintendo Switch Super Pro Controller, featuring Bluetooth support, USB-C charging, headphone jack, HD rumble, gyroscope, NFC support, improved D-Pad, all with a white finish.

Maybe they've finally redesigned the joy con so they won't drift anymore.

Did it's the wireless Nintendo 64 Joystick controller, for "Nintendo Switch online service, Nintendo 64 games"?

Like wireless NES contoller and wireless Super NES controller?

New peripheral for Ring Fit 2.

Analog triggers for racing games!? 🤞🤞

I’ve not enjoyed a Nintendo d-pad since the DS Lite. The Wii U d-pad was okay but a little wide. I just use the stick for everything now and no hope for d-pads being good again

A new joy con with extra Drift?

Really I want a pro controller with analog triggers

It's a Jump Rope controller for Switch Pro.

Could it not be the new pair of white joy-cons, quite simply?

Joy cons that don't drift please

A pro with a voice chat option

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds like airpods that have nintendo on them

And Pro with headjack I can live with that as option. Can't image the battery Drain though. Will that work when Docking with Pro controller. Now I can FortNite with mic and scream at gamers.....

They need to start manufacturing their controllers in Japan again so that they can release a model called… The Tokyo Drift.

@jrt87 Agreed. The joycon sticks are useless for anything requiring dual-analogue control, so I sold mine too.

My partner uses the Nintendo Pro Controller, but I was using a 8bitdo SF30 Pro until I upgraded to the 8bitdo Pro 2, and it is the perfect controller for what I need on the Switch. I love 2D retro games, so the d-pad and buttons are perfect, and the sticks, triggers and motion are really nice, so it is great for racers and the occasional retro FPS re-release.

I also occasionally use the Retro-bit Mega Drive and Saturn gamepads for SEGA flavoured stuff.

On a side-note, I don't play hand-held at all, and the Switch is docked 100% of the time and running through an mClassic cable, which fixes most of the image quality issues I have with it

Nintendo 64 Mini with wireless controllers.

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Who knew they were this useful?

Controller updates arrive with Version 13.0.0

And a Switch OLED dock update

Update: Nvidia responds to confirm list, states they're 'speculative titles'

Connect wireless headphones to Switch via Bluetooth

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Soapbox: 4 Years On And Switch Finally Got Bluetooth Audio, So Voice Chat Next?

Nintendo Life 17 September, 2021 - 12:40pm

A new FCC application suggests that a brand new Nintendo Switch controller may well be on the way, and it looks like it could be unveiled in the very near future.

As spotted by Twitter user @SamusHunter2, the application is simply labelled as 'Nintendo Game controller' and was published for the first time today, 16th September 2021. FCC IDs are assigned to devices registered with the United States Federal Communications Commission and are required to legally sell a wireless device in the country.

Applied for by Nintendo Co., Ltd, the new product's FCC ID is 'BKEHAC043', which gives us our first clue as to what the product could be. 'HAC' is the code used for all Nintendo Switch products (the Switch itself has 'HAC-001' written on the back, the left Joy-Con is 'HAC-015', Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con is 'HAC-022', and so on), proving that 'HAC-043', a section of the ID chosen by the applicant, is referring to something Switch-related.

So we know the filing has been prepared for a new Switch controller, but what could that controller be? Two options immediately jump to mind, the first being a new controller designed for use with Nintendo Switch Online.

Intriguingly, the official SNES controller for Switch, designed for use with Switch Online's SNES app, has the product code 'HAC-042'. Could 'HAC-043' be the next in line – perhaps an N64-inspired controller, or a Game Boy-style option to go alongside the recent rumours? Perhaps for another system entirely?

The second option that seems relatively plausible is a new Pro Controller that could launch alongside the Switch OLED next month, perhaps adding to Switch's recent Bluetooth audio update by finally offering a controller with a headphone jack or other new features. Of course, all of this is purely speculation on our part for now – we'll have to wait and see what the product turns out to be.

As for when we'll learn more, well, hopefully that won't be too long away. The application's confidential material has an expiry date of 16th March 2022, meaning the FCC will no longer be obliged to hide information relating to it from that date. It's safe to assume we'll hear about whatever the controller is sometime before then.

Intrigued? Feel free to share your thoughts on what this controller could be in the comments below.

[source fccid.io, via twitter.com]

About Ryan Craddock

Ryan can list the first 151 Pokémon all in order off by heart – a feat he calls his ‘party trick’ despite being such an introvert that he’d never be found anywhere near a party. He’d much rather just have a night in with Mario Kart and a pizza, and we can’t say we blame him.

Comments (69)

Very interesting, hope it is a new pro controller with a white color scheme and bluetooth support. maybe pro joy cons?

Another totally real rumour from Mr. Iam Sirius, who knows a guy who knows a guy whose dad works at Nintendo!

File this under: believe when seen.

N64 maybe which would be nice

it's gonna be something you stick to your forehead and the game that will feature the controller is going to be a quiz where you'll answer by nodding your head.

A Game Boy style controller, of cause

Having this alongside the OLED wouldn't be a bad idea. Not convinced it'll be enough to replace my trusty pro controller though

All they need to do is fix joycon drift and the false inputs on the Pro Controller d-pad... then everything would be fine.

A more powerful bluetooth connection between joycon and console would also be nice.

Unless the OLED supports Low Latency codec, along with this potential new controller, a headphone jack won't be useful.

@SonOfVon like the microgame in Smooth Moves?

Maybe it's just an updated Joy Con but with the drift fixed?

I want a controller for the switch lite that you can mount on the sides and connect via bluetooth. Sort of like a grip case but it has joycons built in. Moving forward on my left analog is already buggy, sometimes I have to use a some force to make my player go sprint instead of walk. Doubt it will happen though so just wishful thinking.

I use Hori Split Pad Pro for handheld and 8BitDo's Pro 2 for docked. I sold my original joycons after two and a half years once I got the SPP and have never looked back. Never experienced drift with the stock joycons mind, just thought they were pathetically small and the lack of a d-pad was insanity.

The Pro Controller was fine for BotW and Mario Odyssey etc but totally useless for games where I much prefer a d-pad: shooters, retro games and indie platformers etc. I rarely touch it now.

In short, IMO the best Switch controllers aren't even made by Nintendo.

maybe a gameboy themed controller for nso gameboy games

Wireless Metal DDR mat controller for Nintendo Switch ?

@stinky_t dk, haven't played that one. When there were labo rumors I made an outlandish prediction and guessed correctly so that's what I'm sticking with

A controller to go along with Metroid Dread perhaps? The Samus Stimulator?

@Clarice dang, that sounds kinda hot

Does everything except address drift issues

@jrt87 +1 on the Hori SPP. Worth every single penny and the sticks response are even better than the Dualshock when playing shooters IMO. The Nintendo Procon is crazy expensive and I never considered buying it. Might as well get some wireless PowerA instead as for that money you can buy 2 on a sale.

Once upon a time there was something called 'news'! News was a type of information that would often be full of facts and official announcements. Not rumours anyone of us could make up.

I am thinking that it is NOT a new controller but rather an official Switch Bluetooth Headset or Earbuds.

Hopefully a new joy-con with a d-pad for gameboy

@SonOfVon Dread & Wet, baby...🤤

Intersting! Cant wait to see it

If you want a Game Boy-inspired controller, just get the G Classic Edition of the 8BitDo Pro 2 or the SN30 Pro.

@InJeffable The point with a gameboy styled controller would be to use it in handheld mode.

@SonOfVon well I like the sound of that anyway, I'm hoping this comes true

I'm voting for official bluetooth headset.

Hopefully N64 or something to replicate the feel of a Game Boy, although not sure how the second one would work. Game Boy Advance joy cons would work though.

Sadly as there is only one not two it's unlikely to be revised joycons that address drift and other issues.

Hopefully a pro controller a build in microphone and with Bluetooth (Thus iPad support)

Just give me an official joy con with a d-pad

More of this type of rumour, backed by proof, and less of the some random internet charlatan said something and we are going to give him air time so we can both get clicks.

I'm hoping for an improved joycon seeing the joycon are so rubbish. If I speculate though, it could also be a special voice chat enabled controller that makes you prove you are over 21 by using the lR scanner on your wrinkles and then checks your ability to swear and bully small children via a microphone, and if you are old, and like swearing at kids, it connects to the nearest PS4, PS5,watershed TV or the internet.

The sky is the limit on this rumor. The only speculative thought I have to add is it could be a Gameboy mini system, but I'd have to check the NES/SNES mini codes, which I'm not near at present.

Or maybe we're finally getting a proper U-Force controller to play NES Online games the way they were meant to be played.

I'm hoping it's either an N64 controller for N64 switch online games or a Gameboy Classic Edition.

But it could either be the Joycon with an angled top like in the patent from ages ago or a headset/headphones.

It'll most likely be nothing due to it being a rumor.

Nintendo reveals a whole ass Gameboy to use on your Switch lmao

@SonOfVon nodding intensifies

I vote for the Switch hula hoop, personally. I wanna be able to play Dark Souls while constantly wiggling to make the character run.

@Fighting_Game_Loser LOL Here guys enjoy your brick

@jrt87 agreed

The New Switch "Oops, All Drift!" Controller!

@Guitario Got any links to the D-pad solution you opted for?

This HAC code stuff doesn't prove anything, but it does give a pretty indication that it's Switch related. What was the NES controller's HAC code?

New Nintendo Switch Joycon with Drift+ Tech. Same control more of that great drift we refuse to admit exists.

Also...what if its an N64 controller? They did NES and SNES for the classics maybe they will announce N64 games and a N64 wireless controller???

Lmao it's just a full gameboy without the screen

It would be nice if they ever sold one with a proper d-pad, for the many people like myself that don't ever use individual joy-cons for controllers.

Some new Joycons. I’ll pay whatever they want

Nintendo Switch Super Pro Controller, featuring Bluetooth support, USB-C charging, headphone jack, HD rumble, gyroscope, NFC support, improved D-Pad, all with a white finish.

Maybe they've finally redesigned the joy con so they won't drift anymore.

Did it's the wireless Nintendo 64 Joystick controller, for "Nintendo Switch online service, Nintendo 64 games"?

Like wireless NES contoller and wireless Super NES controller?

New peripheral for Ring Fit 2.

Analog triggers for racing games!? 🤞🤞

I’ve not enjoyed a Nintendo d-pad since the DS Lite. The Wii U d-pad was okay but a little wide. I just use the stick for everything now and no hope for d-pads being good again

A new joy con with extra Drift?

Really I want a pro controller with analog triggers

It's a Jump Rope controller for Switch Pro.

Could it not be the new pair of white joy-cons, quite simply?

Joy cons that don't drift please

A pro with a voice chat option

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds like airpods that have nintendo on them

And Pro with headjack I can live with that as option. Can't image the battery Drain though. Will that work when Docking with Pro controller. Now I can FortNite with mic and scream at gamers.....

They need to start manufacturing their controllers in Japan again so that they can release a model called… The Tokyo Drift.

@jrt87 Agreed. The joycon sticks are useless for anything requiring dual-analogue control, so I sold mine too.

My partner uses the Nintendo Pro Controller, but I was using a 8bitdo SF30 Pro until I upgraded to the 8bitdo Pro 2, and it is the perfect controller for what I need on the Switch. I love 2D retro games, so the d-pad and buttons are perfect, and the sticks, triggers and motion are really nice, so it is great for racers and the occasional retro FPS re-release.

I also occasionally use the Retro-bit Mega Drive and Saturn gamepads for SEGA flavoured stuff.

On a side-note, I don't play hand-held at all, and the Switch is docked 100% of the time and running through an mClassic cable, which fixes most of the image quality issues I have with it

Nintendo 64 Mini with wireless controllers.

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...

Who knew they were this useful?

Controller updates arrive with Version 13.0.0

And a Switch OLED dock update

Update: Nvidia responds to confirm list, states they're 'speculative titles'

Connect wireless headphones to Switch via Bluetooth

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Switch Firmware Update 13.0.0 Weirdly Speeds Up Some Game Boot Times

Nintendo Life 17 September, 2021 - 12:40pm

A new FCC application suggests that a brand new Nintendo Switch controller may well be on the way, and it looks like it could be unveiled in the very near future.

As spotted by Twitter user @SamusHunter2, the application is simply labelled as 'Nintendo Game controller' and was published for the first time today, 16th September 2021. FCC IDs are assigned to devices registered with the United States Federal Communications Commission and are required to legally sell a wireless device in the country.

Applied for by Nintendo Co., Ltd, the new product's FCC ID is 'BKEHAC043', which gives us our first clue as to what the product could be. 'HAC' is the code used for all Nintendo Switch products (the Switch itself has 'HAC-001' written on the back, the left Joy-Con is 'HAC-015', Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con is 'HAC-022', and so on), proving that 'HAC-043', a section of the ID chosen by the applicant, is referring to something Switch-related.

So we know the filing has been prepared for a new Switch controller, but what could that controller be? Two options immediately jump to mind, the first being a new controller designed for use with Nintendo Switch Online.

Intriguingly, the official SNES controller for Switch, designed for use with Switch Online's SNES app, has the product code 'HAC-042'. Could 'HAC-043' be the next in line – perhaps an N64-inspired controller, or a Game Boy-style option to go alongside the recent rumours? Perhaps for another system entirely?

The second option that seems relatively plausible is a new Pro Controller that could launch alongside the Switch OLED next month, perhaps adding to Switch's recent Bluetooth audio update by finally offering a controller with a headphone jack or other new features. Of course, all of this is purely speculation on our part for now – we'll have to wait and see what the product turns out to be.

As for when we'll learn more, well, hopefully that won't be too long away. The application's confidential material has an expiry date of 16th March 2022, meaning the FCC will no longer be obliged to hide information relating to it from that date. It's safe to assume we'll hear about whatever the controller is sometime before then.

Intrigued? Feel free to share your thoughts on what this controller could be in the comments below.

[source fccid.io, via twitter.com]

About Ryan Craddock

Ryan can list the first 151 Pokémon all in order off by heart – a feat he calls his ‘party trick’ despite being such an introvert that he’d never be found anywhere near a party. He’d much rather just have a night in with Mario Kart and a pizza, and we can’t say we blame him.

Comments (69)

Very interesting, hope it is a new pro controller with a white color scheme and bluetooth support. maybe pro joy cons?

Another totally real rumour from Mr. Iam Sirius, who knows a guy who knows a guy whose dad works at Nintendo!

File this under: believe when seen.

N64 maybe which would be nice

it's gonna be something you stick to your forehead and the game that will feature the controller is going to be a quiz where you'll answer by nodding your head.

A Game Boy style controller, of cause

Having this alongside the OLED wouldn't be a bad idea. Not convinced it'll be enough to replace my trusty pro controller though

All they need to do is fix joycon drift and the false inputs on the Pro Controller d-pad... then everything would be fine.

A more powerful bluetooth connection between joycon and console would also be nice.

Unless the OLED supports Low Latency codec, along with this potential new controller, a headphone jack won't be useful.

@SonOfVon like the microgame in Smooth Moves?

Maybe it's just an updated Joy Con but with the drift fixed?

I want a controller for the switch lite that you can mount on the sides and connect via bluetooth. Sort of like a grip case but it has joycons built in. Moving forward on my left analog is already buggy, sometimes I have to use a some force to make my player go sprint instead of walk. Doubt it will happen though so just wishful thinking.

I use Hori Split Pad Pro for handheld and 8BitDo's Pro 2 for docked. I sold my original joycons after two and a half years once I got the SPP and have never looked back. Never experienced drift with the stock joycons mind, just thought they were pathetically small and the lack of a d-pad was insanity.

The Pro Controller was fine for BotW and Mario Odyssey etc but totally useless for games where I much prefer a d-pad: shooters, retro games and indie platformers etc. I rarely touch it now.

In short, IMO the best Switch controllers aren't even made by Nintendo.

maybe a gameboy themed controller for nso gameboy games

Wireless Metal DDR mat controller for Nintendo Switch ?

@stinky_t dk, haven't played that one. When there were labo rumors I made an outlandish prediction and guessed correctly so that's what I'm sticking with

A controller to go along with Metroid Dread perhaps? The Samus Stimulator?

@Clarice dang, that sounds kinda hot

Does everything except address drift issues

@jrt87 +1 on the Hori SPP. Worth every single penny and the sticks response are even better than the Dualshock when playing shooters IMO. The Nintendo Procon is crazy expensive and I never considered buying it. Might as well get some wireless PowerA instead as for that money you can buy 2 on a sale.

Once upon a time there was something called 'news'! News was a type of information that would often be full of facts and official announcements. Not rumours anyone of us could make up.

I am thinking that it is NOT a new controller but rather an official Switch Bluetooth Headset or Earbuds.

Hopefully a new joy-con with a d-pad for gameboy

@SonOfVon Dread & Wet, baby...🤤

Intersting! Cant wait to see it

If you want a Game Boy-inspired controller, just get the G Classic Edition of the 8BitDo Pro 2 or the SN30 Pro.

@InJeffable The point with a gameboy styled controller would be to use it in handheld mode.

@SonOfVon well I like the sound of that anyway, I'm hoping this comes true

I'm voting for official bluetooth headset.

Hopefully N64 or something to replicate the feel of a Game Boy, although not sure how the second one would work. Game Boy Advance joy cons would work though.

Sadly as there is only one not two it's unlikely to be revised joycons that address drift and other issues.

Hopefully a pro controller a build in microphone and with Bluetooth (Thus iPad support)

Just give me an official joy con with a d-pad

More of this type of rumour, backed by proof, and less of the some random internet charlatan said something and we are going to give him air time so we can both get clicks.

I'm hoping for an improved joycon seeing the joycon are so rubbish. If I speculate though, it could also be a special voice chat enabled controller that makes you prove you are over 21 by using the lR scanner on your wrinkles and then checks your ability to swear and bully small children via a microphone, and if you are old, and like swearing at kids, it connects to the nearest PS4, PS5,watershed TV or the internet.

The sky is the limit on this rumor. The only speculative thought I have to add is it could be a Gameboy mini system, but I'd have to check the NES/SNES mini codes, which I'm not near at present.

Or maybe we're finally getting a proper U-Force controller to play NES Online games the way they were meant to be played.

I'm hoping it's either an N64 controller for N64 switch online games or a Gameboy Classic Edition.

But it could either be the Joycon with an angled top like in the patent from ages ago or a headset/headphones.

It'll most likely be nothing due to it being a rumor.

Nintendo reveals a whole ass Gameboy to use on your Switch lmao

@SonOfVon nodding intensifies

I vote for the Switch hula hoop, personally. I wanna be able to play Dark Souls while constantly wiggling to make the character run.

@Fighting_Game_Loser LOL Here guys enjoy your brick

@jrt87 agreed

The New Switch "Oops, All Drift!" Controller!

@Guitario Got any links to the D-pad solution you opted for?

This HAC code stuff doesn't prove anything, but it does give a pretty indication that it's Switch related. What was the NES controller's HAC code?

New Nintendo Switch Joycon with Drift+ Tech. Same control more of that great drift we refuse to admit exists.

Also...what if its an N64 controller? They did NES and SNES for the classics maybe they will announce N64 games and a N64 wireless controller???

Lmao it's just a full gameboy without the screen

It would be nice if they ever sold one with a proper d-pad, for the many people like myself that don't ever use individual joy-cons for controllers.

Some new Joycons. I’ll pay whatever they want

Nintendo Switch Super Pro Controller, featuring Bluetooth support, USB-C charging, headphone jack, HD rumble, gyroscope, NFC support, improved D-Pad, all with a white finish.

Maybe they've finally redesigned the joy con so they won't drift anymore.

Did it's the wireless Nintendo 64 Joystick controller, for "Nintendo Switch online service, Nintendo 64 games"?

Like wireless NES contoller and wireless Super NES controller?

New peripheral for Ring Fit 2.

Analog triggers for racing games!? 🤞🤞

I’ve not enjoyed a Nintendo d-pad since the DS Lite. The Wii U d-pad was okay but a little wide. I just use the stick for everything now and no hope for d-pads being good again

A new joy con with extra Drift?

Really I want a pro controller with analog triggers

It's a Jump Rope controller for Switch Pro.

Could it not be the new pair of white joy-cons, quite simply?

Joy cons that don't drift please

A pro with a voice chat option

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds like airpods that have nintendo on them

And Pro with headjack I can live with that as option. Can't image the battery Drain though. Will that work when Docking with Pro controller. Now I can FortNite with mic and scream at gamers.....

They need to start manufacturing their controllers in Japan again so that they can release a model called… The Tokyo Drift.

@jrt87 Agreed. The joycon sticks are useless for anything requiring dual-analogue control, so I sold mine too.

My partner uses the Nintendo Pro Controller, but I was using a 8bitdo SF30 Pro until I upgraded to the 8bitdo Pro 2, and it is the perfect controller for what I need on the Switch. I love 2D retro games, so the d-pad and buttons are perfect, and the sticks, triggers and motion are really nice, so it is great for racers and the occasional retro FPS re-release.

I also occasionally use the Retro-bit Mega Drive and Saturn gamepads for SEGA flavoured stuff.

On a side-note, I don't play hand-held at all, and the Switch is docked 100% of the time and running through an mClassic cable, which fixes most of the image quality issues I have with it

Nintendo 64 Mini with wireless controllers.

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Controller updates arrive with Version 13.0.0

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Xbox Beta is Having Issues

Screen Rant 17 September, 2021 - 10:12am

Call of Duty: Vanguard on Xbox in particular has been having issues, with players encountering bizarre graphical defects while playing the game. Developer Sledgehammer Games has been quick to address these concerns, having figured out exactly what's causing it. Apparently, playing the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta on Xbox with 120Hz enabled is causing the graphical defects, so if players drop things down to 60Hz, they shouldn't have these issues.

Part of the point of a beta test like this is to discover potential problems that need fixing between now and launch. One has to imagine that Sledgehammer Games will work to address this problem with the Xbox version of Call of Duty: Vanguard so that it's not an issue once the release date rolls around. Call of Duty: Vanguard's release date is November 5, so the developers have a little over a month to rectify the issue. Alternatively, if it's something that can't be fixed in time, it may need addressed in a post-launch patch.

Sledgehammer Games has already made notable changes to Call of Duty: Vanguard based on fan feedback from the beta. Call of Duty: Vanguard beta Week 2 is a noticeable improvement over Week 1 by many accounts, as Sledgehammer Games has quickly addressed concerns that fans expressed after their first weekend with the game. This second test is available for more than just PlayStation, though, so it should provide the developers with a lot more data about what needs to be focused on in the final stretch leading up to the game's launch.

Right now the focus is on Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer as Sledgehammer Games works out its lingering problems and tries to get it ready for launch day. And with plenty already revealed about the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign, one has to imagine that the Zombies mode will be in the spotlight next.

Very little is known about Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies beyond the fact that it's being developed by Treyarch, but hopefully more details come sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Call of Duty: Vanguard fans are free to check out the beta this weekend.

Call of Duty: Vanguard launches November 5 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Dalton Cooper is an editor for Game Rant who has been writing about video games professionally since 2011. Having written thousands of game reviews and articles over the course of his career, Dalton considers himself a video game historian and strives to play as many games as possible. Dalton covers the latest breaking news for Game Rant, as well as writes reviews, guide content, and more.

You can finally connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch. Here's how.

Popular Science 16 September, 2021 - 06:00am

The Switch now has Bluetooth capabilities.

The Nintendo Switch has been a smash hit based on just about every metric you can use. But that doesn’t mean that the handheld console is perfect, and for a long time, Switch users complained about how the device was not compatible with wireless audio. 

Luckily their demands were heard, and Nintendo has now added Bluetooth capabilities to the Switch, which means you can finally connect a pair of wireless headphones. The new functionality is available on both the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite, and any Bluetooth headphones or earbuds should work, so gamers on the go can play privately without the inconvenience of cables. 

To get the feature on your gadget, you’re going to need version 13.0.0 (or later) of the system software on your Nintendo Switch. To check, select the cog icon from the home screen, then choose System and System Update to find out if you’re right up to date or if you need to download and install a newer version.

To connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you first need to get your headphones into pairing mode so that they’re discoverable. How you do this will depend on the headphones, but check online or dig out the user manual if you’re not sure.

When it comes to the Apple AirPods Pro, for example, put them in the charging case, open the case lid and press and hold the button on the back of the case until the white light on the front starts blinking. The earbuds will stay in pairing mode until you close the lid again.

Once your headphones are in pairing mode, select the cog icon from the Nintendo Switch home screen, then choose Bluetooth Audio and Add Device (or Pair Device, as some users have reported seeing). When the headphones you want to connect show up on screen, select them and then confirm the connection.

If you adjust the Switch volume using the buttons on the top, you’ll notice the changes on your headphones while they’re connected. To permanently remove a pair of Bluetooth headphones, go back to the Bluetooth Audio menu in System Settings, then select the headphones and choose Remove Device. If you want to reconnect them, you’ll need to go through the pairing process all over again.

Nintendo says there are certain limitations to using Bluetooth audio. For example, when you connect your Bluetooth headphones you can only pair a maximum of two controllers to the Switch rather than the usual eight. Also, if your Bluetooth headphones have a built-in microphone, it won’t work.

Via an on-screen message, your Switch will also let you know that “you may experience latency depending on the Bluetooth device you are using.” This is not unusual for Bluetooth audio devices, but it’s still worth noting. Hopefully, as further software updates roll out, latency will be less of a problem and affect fewer devices.

Another limitation is that you can only pair your Switch to one audio device at a time, though the console can remember 10 devices and quickly swap between them. You should also be aware that Bluetooth audio will be disconnected whenever there is “local communication,” like, for example, when you start up a local wireless multiplayer game.

We’ve seen some reports of problems with this new feature, like slow wake-up times and varying audio quality between different pairs of Bluetooth headphones. If you experience anything like this, try removing any paired devices, powering off your Switch by holding the button at the top, and restarting it after 30 seconds. 

Bear in mind that this is a brand new bit of functionality, so if one pair of headphones don’t connect properly, you might have better luck with a different pair.

David Nield is a tech journalist from the UK who has been writing about gadgets and apps since way before the iPhone and Twitter were invented. When he's not busy doing that, he usually takes breaks from all things tech with long walks in the countryside.

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