Nintendo Switch update 13.0.0 brings significant changes under the hood, Atmosphère CFW needs time to upgrade
It’s firmware update season! After the PS5/PS4 update yesterday, which brought SSD support to the PS5 (check here our recommendations on which SSD to get), Nintendo have updated the Switch firmware to 13.0.0. This new firmware brings the long awaited support for Bluetooth audio, but also some changes related to the OLED dock (specifically, an option to keep the internet connection “on” while the console is in sleep mode – I expect this would be to allow for software updates – which is ON by default), and a new controller stick calibration system.
More importantly for the scene, developer SciresM has stated that this update brings some major structural changes under the hood, meaning the Atmosphère Custom Firmware for hacked Nintendo Switch will require a bit more time than usual to adjust and support the latest firmware.
Nintendo Switch 13.0.0 – what’s new
From the official changelog:
Bluetooth® audio support was added.
- Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.
- Bluetooth microphones are not supported.
- Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.
- Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.
- Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
- For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.
“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.
- Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.
- This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
- For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.
“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.
- When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
- The setting is enabled by default.
- When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.
Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.
The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.
- From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.
Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.
How Switch 13.0.0 firmware impacts the scene
If you have a hacked Nintendo Switch, you know the drill: it’s preferable for you to wait until your favorite hacks/homebrew is updated to support the latest firmware. In the case of the Atmosphère CFW, this might require more time than usual, SciresM warned. In the meantime, there shouldn’t be anything preventing you from enjoying your hacked Nintendo Switch on 12.x while you wait 🙂
The new System Update (13.0.0) is (like 12.0.0 before it) particularly major under the hood, and Atmosphere will need more time than usual to add support for it.
I’ll do my best as always, and thank you for your patience. https://t.co/A4d9fLEEQH
— Michael (@SciresM) September 15, 2021
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