New Nintendo Switch Firmware Also Includes Video Capture
Nintendo has just rolled out a new system update for the Nintendo Switch and it’s a big one. With firmware 4.0.0, the ability for (limited) video capture and transferring data to another Switch console is now possible.
Video capture is enabled by holding the Capture button down but it is limited to only 30-second clips. They are added to the Gallery and can be edited before being posted on Facebook and Twitter. Currently, only four games are compatible with video capture: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. Nintendo mentions that more games will add support but didn’t go into specifics. It’s unknown why only certain games are compatible, but it might be due to publisher or developer restrictions.
Another big feature is the ability to transfer your profile and saves to another Nintendo Switch unit. The transfer process appears to be very similar to the 3DS system transfer feature. What that means is that all data will be moved to the new Switch and permanently removed from the old Switch. There is no way to duplicate it so two Switches have the same profile and data on them. This won’t solve anything if your Switch is lost or stolen but it does at least offer a solution for defective units.
4.0.0 also allows for pre-purchasing and pre-loading on select games from the eShop. The Wii U previously had this feature implemented so it just a matter of time before it arrived on Switch. With Nintendo focusing more and more on digital services, this means users can jump into a new game the moment it goes live in the store.
Lastly, the News channel has been a new look and a new feature that will add or remove a particular channel’s content instantly. A feature called “Match Version With Local Users” will match up software versions across users on the system. There are also new user icons based on Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild. You can read more about version 4.0.0 by clicking here.
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