What Is In Nintendo Switch Update 3.0?

Nintendo Switch’s star is on the rise. It’s arrived, and it’s starting to damn well deliver. So many gamers were --entirely understandably—a little dubious about the system when it was first announced. It had that Fisher Price, slightly gimmicky look to it, and it seemed as though Nintendo might have another Wii U on their hands.

That doesn’t seem to be the case this time around, though. Mario Odyssey is looking to do for Super Mario what Breath of the Wild did for the Legend of Zelda. ARMS is surprising everyone and proving itself a deep and competitive Nintendo take on the fighter. Switch was slow off the starting line, but it’s building up a nice little head of steam now.

So, onto the million-dollar question: have you seen enough to inspire you to take the plunge and make the purchase yet? While Nintendo’s showcase at E3 2017 was an intriguing one, it did, of course, hinge on the promise of titles that will be coming. Gamers tend to need a focus on the here and now, on the what-can-I-play-right-now-in-exchange-for-the-hundreds-of-dollars-I’m-dropping-on-your-console. If you are a current Switch owner, this one’s for you: OS update 3.0 is now available.

As Nintendo Life reports, this one is actually fairly significant in terms of new features and tweaks. One neat little touch is the ability to find controllers that you’ve paired with the system, by hitting a button which will make them vibrate. As long as they’re in communication range, you can now go to Controllers> Find Controllers to locate your precious Joy Cons.

In keeping with other consoles and their many cosmetic additions, you’ll also be able to choose from a slew of fancy new fresh-from-E3 Splatoon 2 player profile icons. There’s another feature popular with rival consoles that Nintendo are playing catch-up on here too: notifications when a friend comes online. This one can be super important for co-ordinating games, and it’s odd that Switch players have waited months for it.

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Here’s the full rundown of the content coming with 3.0:

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
    • To register, head to News > Find Channels
    • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
    • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
    • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
    • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
    • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
    • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
    • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive * User save data is not deleted

    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

    Because, as 3DS fans will know all too well, no Nintendo console update is complete without a hefty dose of sweet, sweet ‘system stability improvements.’ Granted, there’s nothing ground-breaking here, but it’s heartening to see that Nintendo are listening and slowly but surely adding the features that gamers want to see.

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