Nintendo Switch System Version 5.0.0 Tweaks Parental Controls, Adds Social Media Hooks

Nintendo Switch gamers have a new system update that is available for download right now. The update brings the Switch to version 5.0.0 and should have downloaded automatically, and is probably ready to install on your console. If the update didn't download automatically, Nintendo reminds that you can apply the update manually by following the steps outlined here.


Before you apply the update, you might be wondering what exactly changes in the new software. One of the improvement has to do with social media accounts. If you have your Facebook and Twitter accounts linked in the Switch menus, you will now be able to find friends on Facebook or Twitter via Friend Suggestions. Those suggestions can be viewed from the top left of the HOME menu at User Page. Nintendo says you must be at least 13 to use that feature.

Kirby and ARMS fans can select from 24 new series icons from those franchises for their user account. Nintendo has tweaked the system to download games purchased via PC or smartphone sooner than it did before, even if the console is in sleep mode.

Switch owners that read lots of news on the console can now filter the news to show only unread content or news from specific channels. To help parents keep their Parental Controls PIN secure the default input method is now the control stick and buttons rather than the on-screen number pad. Parents preferring the on-screen keypad can change to that by holding the "+" button.

Captured videos in the Album are now restricted by Parental Controls depending on Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization. Parents can also whitelist specific game titles using the Switch Parental Control app to exclude the whitelisted titles from the parental controls restriction setting. Notifications will be shown to users with the new update when pre-purchased software is ready to play. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors are now displayed in the Controllers menu with the 5.0.0 update. The only bug fix that is called out for the update is the resolution of an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of the User Page.

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