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Nintendo Switch Firmware Version 5.0.0 is Now Available

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Nintendo Switch System Update

Overnight, Nintendo put out the latest significant system update for the Switch, Version 5.0.0. If your Switch hasn't already automatically updated itself, you can manually start the process by heading to "Settings", "System", and "System Update". While the update doesn't drastically change the OS, it does allow for adding friends via social media, immediate downloads of software purchased on PC, and recognizing Pro Controller grip colors. Check out the full patch notes for Version 5.0.0 after the fold.

The following are Nintendo's official patch notes.

  • Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions
    • Friend suggestions are based on the Facebook and Twitter accounts you have linked to your Nintendo Account
    • To view your friend suggestions, from the top left of the HOME Menu head to your User Page > Friend Suggestions
    • You must be 13 or older to use this feature
  • Select from 24 new ARMS and the Kirby series icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will start downloading sooner than previously, even if the Nintendo Switch console is in Sleep Mode
  • Filter News to view only unread news or news from specific channels
  • To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad
    • When prompted to enter you Parental Controls PIN, press and hold the + Button to change between input methods
  • Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization
  • Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelist to exclude them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting
    • Play-Time Limit restrictions will still apply even when the software title has been whitelisted.
  • Receive notification when pre-purchased software is ready to play
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors will now display in the Controllers menu
  • Resolved an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of your User Page

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