Nintendo Switch Features Most People Forget About

A Nintendo Switch user connects a Joy-Con to an OLED model.

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PlayStation 5 rewards feature allowed users to offer rewards to other players in multiplayer games, the idea being that this would help rekindle kindness and camaraderie in the gaming community. But Sony officially removed it from PS5 this week for one reason: nobody used it. Most people (hello) didn’t even know it existed.

This prompted reflection: what other game consoles still have useless features? Let’s take Switch for example. Of course, the Nintendo hybrid handheld has a lot to offer. Quietly useful little trickshow its versatile zoom function. But it also has some that could probably be cleared without anyone’s attention or even noticing.

Find Controllers feature

Of the many options in the Switch’s Controllers menu, the Find Controllers feature collects the most dust. Open it and you will see a menu containing a list of Joy-Cons connected to your console. Hold the A button over the Joy-Con you are looking for and it will vibrate. Quiet. At the frequency of hearing animals. It’s designed to help you find any disconnected Joy-Con controllers that might be misplaced, but it’s not really powerful enough for its sole purpose – it doesn’t matter if you really need at least one Joy-Con controller. to use it first. .

Unfortunately there is no console function that solves drift scourge Joy-Con.

News app

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Most of the seven permanent icons on the Switch’s home screen are really useful sub-menu shortcuts. One, however, is only used by people who accidentally click on it: the News app. Open it up and you’ll see digitized press releases in reverse chronological order from the annals of Nintendo’s marketing machine. (You can also see the three most recent “stories” in the left pane of the screen when you boot up your console.) But if you’re looking for gaming news, you won’t be reading them on a game console – which you apparently downloaded, you know. play games. You’re especially not going to be reading this on that console if the text is that tiny. You are much more likely to receive news from favorite gaming site.

Voice chat

Despite what you may have heard, yes, Switch has voice chat! As if. It’s a confusing mess. On PlayStation and Xbox, if you want to turn on voice chat, you… plug in your headset and start voice chat. However, on Switch you must go through a multi-step process and download the accompanying smartphone app. Nintendo can opt out of their voice chat and no one cares. Indeed, if you use a smartphone app to chat with members of your group, Discord right there.

Keyboard support

Everyone hates having to enter a password (twice!) to buy something from the Nintendo eShop, given the console’s small touch keyboard. This workaround does not work in portable mode, but you can connect a USB keyboard to the dock and use it to type. But also: the time it takes to pull the keyboard out and plug it into the Switch’s dock is probably longer than any task you initially tried to bypass. (If you need to get to the online store faster, justenable password requirement.) Nintendo could probably lose keyboard support without much fuss.

Screen lock (or, well, it’s an option)

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Yes, the Switch screen lock feature is indeed extremely useful, dare I say essential. Turn it on and you’ll expose your console to a sort of purgatory between waking and sleeping states. You’ll then need to press the same button three times to use the console, which can prevent it from turning on unintentionally when, say, it rustles in your bag. To be honest, it shouldn’t even be an option: it should be the standard. Get rid of the choice, I say, and let the screen lock be the standard.

Dark Mode

Kidding! Kidding. But hey, on that note, would it be nice if the Switch had more background color themes? Hi? Hey, where have you gone?

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