Update: the Day 1 update for the Nintendo Switch is now available!
After months of speculations, and months of waiting, the Nintendo Switch is finally there!… well, almost: it will be released tomorrow, worldwide. In order to make the most of your new console, you will have to download a Day 1 update, that will bring important features. It’s recommended (but not required) to download it as soon as possible.
First of all, here’s the list of features to be added with this Firmware update:
- ability to connect to the internet via Wifi hotspots that require authentification;
- post screenshots on social media;
- get news via the News feature;
- access the Nintendo eShop;
- play online;
- link a Nintendo Account to the console;
- use the Parental Controls app;
- redeem retail games on My Nintendo;
- and more…
The Day 1 update will bring the Firmware of the Nintendo Switch to Ver. 2.0.0. Besides the aforementionned functionalities, it will also add a pretty neat feature: one that allows you to automatically turn on your TV when you put the Nintendo Switch into its dock.
However, there’s some catches:
- this feature only works when your TV is on standby;
- you may need to change the HDMI settings on your TV;
- this feature may not be compatible with your TV.
Naturally, Nintendo is planning to add even more features to the Nintendo Switch with future Firmware updates.
About the Day 1 update, Nintendo doesn’t tell us how big it is, but specifies that it will take about 10 to 20 minutes to download it. Once downloaded, the update should take about 10 seconds to install.
Naturally, the download time mentioned above will vary depending on various factors (the speed of your internet connection, the quality of your Wifi, how many people are trying to download the udpate at the same time, etc.).
If it takes longer than expected to download the update, make sure to avoid turning off the console (or your Wifi connection) during the update processs. Whatever you do, do NOT turn off the console while the update is installing, as you will most definitely brick it, and end up with a rather expensive paperweight.
Don’t forget that the update is only required for online features, and that it’s been designed to download in the background while playing a game. So don’t worry if it’s taking a bit longer than expected to download.