In the first major firmware update that actually has more than one or two line items, Nintendo has added a fun feature to their hybrid/portable console: the ability to use a keyboard via USB.
The patch notes state that the keyboard (which obviously has to be USB, because it’s 2017 and nobody really uses PS/2 these days) is only usable whenever a keyboard appears on the screen. That’s handy if you have a super long password to type in (like the mini-novella required to access your the Wi-Fi at your parents’ place), although I’ve found the Switch’s touchscreen makes it pretty helpful as is.
There’s plenty of other updates as well too:
Added the following system functionality:
- Register a channel to receive News for specific games
- Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
- Receive notifications when your Friends go online
- Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
- Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
- Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
- Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
- Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack volume
- Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
- 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
- Update connected controllers
- Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data when insufficient space when downloading other software
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
You can download the update on your Switch from today.