Did you ever lose a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con? Me neither. If you do plan on misplacing those little things however there's a new Nintendo Switch firmware update that, with a simple press of a button, finds your missing controller. I tested it out myself and I have to say: it’s actually kind of rad.
Nintendo pushed out a new Nintendo Switch 3.0.0 update today and among other features like registering to a channel to receive news for a specific game, or adding friends from either the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, you can also use a “find my controller” function.
The way it works is basically if you have an undocked Joy-Con lying around somewhere, simply pull up the controller menu from the Switch home screen, press “find my controller”, and press the corresponding Joy-Con icon on the touch screen. The missing controller will soon let out a buzz loud enough for you to hear. Check out this Twitter video below for an example.
I tested it out myself and the buzz is much louder in person than it is in that video. I assume that the Joy-Cons’ HD Rumble feature probably helps give the vibrations their unique, and loud, pitch.
You can download the firmware update right now on your Switch, and check below for a full list of updates.
- Register a channel to receive News for specific games
- To register, head to News > Find Channels
- Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
- To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
- Receive notifications when your Friends go online
- To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
- Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
- To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
- Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
- To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
- Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
- To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
- Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
- To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
- Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
- 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
- Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
- To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
- Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
- Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
- 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.
- Update connected controllers
- To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
- Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
- 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
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