Nintendo Switch has received some much desired features with the release of system update version 4.0.0. This update brings game video capture, game pre-purchasing and pre-loading, new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild user icons, save transfer and more. Users still don’t get any video playback apps, cloud back up for game saves or chat and video capture has limited functionality for now, however it is good to see that Nintendo is listening to users.
Capture gameplay video in Nintendo Switch
Nintendo had announced video capture for Nintendo Switch when they shared the console’s features. However, it has taken them a long time to release it to users despite hardware support provided by the Tegra SoC. The feature lets users save the last 30 seconds of gameplay video which can later be trimmed and posted to Facebook and Twitter. Oddly, there is no YouTube support for this feature.
Now, the limitations: video game play is only captured at 720 resolution at 30 frames per second. At the time of writing, this feature only works with Nintendo’s first party games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. There is no indication of when this feature will be available to other games. However, the capture quality is very good. Check out these Switch gameplay capture videos on YouTube.
Transfer saves and user data to another Switch
Users wanted backup for saves and user data, whether local or cloud. Instead, Nintendo has given us the option to transfer saves and user data to another Switch console. Not many people have a second Switch console so this feature does not cater to a common usage scenario. Perhaps if users send defected Switch consoles to Nintendo for repair, this feature will save their data.
eShop pre-purchasing and pre-loading
In 2017, it was extremely strange for Nintendo to launch a console without these features. Specially when you consider the fact that they already have these features available in 3DS and 2DS. However, they can finally have our money before a game is even released. Yay!
Nintendo Switch JoyCon controllers have also received an update, which was discovered on Twitter by a user. However, it is not automatic and you have to go to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers to update them. Some folks have reported less lag and better sensitivity in games however, I have not tested this myself yet.
Now, the ‘other’ features:
- 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons
- News channel gets a new look. When you unfollow a channel, it’s content will be removed from the news feed. Works as it should have before.
- Match software version with a group of local users. This lets users create a group and updates all the Switch consoles in the group to the latest version. It uses the latest update files from one Switch and updates others which have a lower version number. However, this will require that all the Switch consoles in the group are at least on version 4.0.0.
- Wireless networks which use TKIP security are listed as a grayed-out selection (instead of not displaying at all) when you search for WiFi networks.