The Nintendo Switch might be getting a major firmware update sooner than we expected, at least according to a suspiciously worded description of its parental controls app.
The parental controls app recently got an update to version 1.5.0 and with this update came some new features. However, according to the iTunes description for the app, in “order to use some of these features, you will need to update the Nintendo Switch system version to 5.0.0 or later.”
The funny thing is that the Nintendo Switch is currently only on system version 4.1.0, which went live in December 2017, meaning Switch users could be seeing a major system upgrade to version 5.0.0 very soon in order for these new parental controls features to take effect.
As usual, Nintendo has been pretty tight-lipped about what users can expect from version 5.0.0, but we’re expecting at least one or two major new features. The Switch’s last major system update introduced a handful of much-needed features to the console, including video clip capture, the ability to transfer user and save data between Switches, the ability to pre-order and preload games from the Nintendo eShop, and several new profile icons inspired by Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
While system version 4.0.0 definitely brought the Switch closer to the 21st century in terms of features, it’s still got some distance to make up. Nintendo still hasn’t figured out how to incorporate features that most other console players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 take for granted—effortlessly creating parties with friends and being able to talk to them, for instance. Having these features show up in version 5.0.0 would be a nice surprise, but we’re expecting that these types of multiplayer features will arrive alongside the launch of Switch Online’s full service in September 2018. After all, the next announcement about Switch Online is supposedly “worth the wait,” according to Nintendo.
We’re at least hoping that version 5.0.0 will fix the Switch’s recently reported bug that incorrectly displays the number of hours players have invested into their games. How else am I supposed to show off the disgusting amount of my life that I’ve wasted hunting for Korok seeds?