Computer-generated information about the latest Nintendo Switch update indicates that Bluetooth audio support has been added to the hybrid console, suggesting that we may see compatibility with Bluetooth headsets in the future.
According to OatmealDome, a Nintendo- and Mac-focused computer miner, Nintendo Switch firmware update 12.0.0 provided audio support for a Bluetooth driver, which can allow Bluetooth audio devices to connect to the console, and suggests a first step toward Nintendo enabling Bluetooth support headset.
[Nintendo Switch System Update]12.0.0 has added audio support to the Bluetooth driver. * However *, I̵7;m not sure if anyone actually uses this new support so far. No guarantees that it will ever be used. (SOURCE: yellows8 via SwitchBrew) https://t.co/Zyn35f3dZd pic.twitter.com/Ag5I0h8nic April 7, 2021
Right now, the Nintendo Switch does not support Bluetooth wireless headphones, which means that all the best Nintendo Switch headphones must use a wired connection to fit the 3.5mm headphone jack or otherwise choose some kind of unofficial adapter. It is possible this will change in the future.
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According to Nintendo Life, the official update notes for update 12.0.0 indicate that the update was intended to resolve an issue with the backup storage feature, and to resolve communication errors that may occur during the process. However, the patch notes do not mention the additional audio support.
“We resolved the issue with the data backup storage feature, where in rare cases automatic backup of data storage will be interrupted if a communication error occurs during the completion of the data backup backup process,” the note notes.
It could be that this update is just a simple backend solution for something unimportant, or to lay the foundation for Bluetooth support to come.