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News - Nintendo Switch's Rumored Bluetooth Audio Support Is Unlikely, And Here's Why

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Nintendo Switch's Rumored Bluetooth Audio Support Is Unlikely, And Here's Why

The Nintendo Switch was updated with firmware 12.0.0 this week, with the inclusion of a line that suggested to some dataminers that Bluetooth audio might be activated soon. While Nintendo hasn't commented either way, the hardware limitations of the Switch (and most modern consoles) still make that improbable.

Bluetooth audio has been a requested feature on gaming devices for years, but even with the most-recent hardware in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S support for it hasn't been implemented. If you've ever used Bluetooth headphones for anything other than music or podcasts, you might have an idea why. Aside from the issues of interference with other wireless devices (such as your WiFi router or the 2.4GHz radio used for controllers), the biggest issue with Bluetooth audio is latency.

In general, Bluetooth requires 100ms or more to compress audio, beam it to a headset, and then decompress it for listening. That is much, much longer than a game takes to render a frame (that's 16.67ms for games at 60fps or 33.3ms for 30fps, coupled with the minor delay of displays) which will ultimately make the audio appear out of sync with the video. One way to combat this is to deactivate any Game modes your display might have to slow down the response time of the display itself to give the audio time to catch up. Not only is it still not slow enough at times, but it leads to a worse playing experience as your inputs feel sluggish and unresponsive.

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