The Nintendo Switch is a masterpiece of a concept, but it does have some irksome failings - the lack of audio over Bluetooth being one of the most frustrating.
Almost every other piece of mobile consumer tech these days has the ability to share audio via a Bluetooth connection, allowing you to use wireless headphones when playing. It doesn't seem like we'll ever get this feature with the current model of the Switch, but there is a solution - although it requires additional outlay and doesn't work quite as well as you might expect.
To pipe Bluetooth audio to your fancy wireless headphones (or speaker) you'll need to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter. Lots of companies produce these, and prices start very low indeed - making this a pretty cheap fix.
The issue is that like so many wireless connections, the Bluetooth signal generated by these devices is often impacted by a small degree of latency. It's not a massive delay (and in our case, the dongle we purchased may be to blame) but there's definitely a mismatch between the on-screen action and the audio being piped into the headphones.
You may also run into some problems actually paring the transmitter with the headphones, because without a screen there's no way to marry them up manually. The pairing process for Bluetooth tech isn't standardised so you'll almost certainly need to consult the instructions to find out how to link the two devices (and ensure there's nothing else in the room which was previous connected to either). To give you an idea of how random all of this is, Alex was able to pair his dongle and headphones in seconds without issue, while another member of our team couldn't no matter how hard they tried.
When it comes to getting the best audio on the Switch (and to be honest, any other piece of equipment), a pair of wired headphones remains the best option. However, it's good to know that there is at least one alternative on the Switch - if you shop around and are willing to pay a little more, you may even find a dongle which reduces the latency issue, assuming you can pair the bloody things in the first place, that is.
Let us know if you've already tried this approach - and if you have any recommended dongles or headphones - by posting a comment below.
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