Nintendo Switch firmware 3.00 system update available now, adds substantial new OS features – full change log

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Nintendo Switch has a substantial new system update bringing the firmware to version 3.00 – and it’s not just boring old stability improvements this time.


Switch users can now download and install firmware 3.00 and unlike Nintendo’s usual lightweight change logs this significant update adds stacks of small but much appreciated new features to the operating system software.

Some of the new features in this Switch system update include the ability to connect Pro controllers via the charging cable rather than using wireless, which should help those of you suffering from interference issues. You can also use the Switch to find your controllers by making them vibrate, which is handy when the JoyCon’s gone down the back of the couch.

More volume options give you better control over your Switch’s audio with this firmware, and you can even fiddle with colour settings for different lighting situations.

Being able to connect a keyboard to your Switch for quick text entry is a nice touch, as is the chance to subscribe to news channels on your favourite titles rather than having to go looking.

In short, while none of the features in Switch system software 3.00 are exactly groundbreaking, they’re all very nice quality of life improvements we’re happy to see – and way more interesting than another round of stability fixes, although of source we got those too.

Behold! The change log for Nintendo Switch firmware version 3.00:

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 six 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

Visit Nintendo Support for details on how to manually install Switch firmware 3.00 if you automatic system update doesn’t kick in for you.

It’s likely the latest Switch system update is rolling out region by region, so if you’re outside the US you may need to be patient. Firmware 3.00 should be with you within a day or two.

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