- Nintendo Switch has recently launched the new system update 16.0.0, which mostly focuses on fixing a few back-end issues in the operating system.
- The update changed the way usernames work; now incompatible names show up as “???” until changed through the profile settings.
- The update also focused on general system stability improvements, which will improve user experience. Although no specific fixes were listed.
- The update has also improved the bad words database, which has more words added. A few typos and phrasing issues were also fixed.
Nintendo Switch has grown to be among the most successful handheld consoles to ever exist, with the little giant still selling like hotcakes all over the world. Despite its long lifespan, it is still receiving love and support from its creators. The new system update 16.0.0 for the aged handheld has arrived, and it brings a slew of notable fixes.
Nintendo has recently announced the official patch notes, which only consist of two bullet points. The update has changed the way usernames work; the names that are not compatible will be shown as “???,” as noted by the giant conglomerate. The name can then be updated through the profile settings.
Moreover, the new system update 16.0.0 brought a variety of “general system stability improvements” to improve the users’ experience. No specific improvements have been listed, leaving details hazy throughout the new patch notes.
These are the only known official details in Nintendo Switch’s new system update 16.0.0, but there appears to be more to the changes. Although all of the changes target OS-related issues only and do not alter any of the front-end features.
OatmealDome, a renowned dataminer in the community has dug deeply into the changes. The new update mostly focuses on fixing internal issues and makes some minor internal changes. For instance, it altered the way the operating system looks for bad words to make the code more optimized to increase some performance.
[Nintendo Switch Firmware Update]
Version 16.0.0 is out. 🧵
This update appears to be focused on the internals of the OS.
The way the OS handles bad word checking was slightly redesigned. The code was moved into its own module seemingly to avoid unnecessary code duplication.
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) February 21, 2023
The dataminer further notes that the bad words database was updated as well. More words have apparently been added to the database, which would lead to appropriate punishment after it is detected by the operating system.
For instance, words related to “sexually charged language, drug-related terms, words related to grooming, swears, etc) have been added.” Additionally, some system text was tinkered with to resolve typos and enhance phrasing.
The system update does not change the user experience in any major way, nor has it brought any of the fan-requested features, sadly. The update is not the biggest, but it has failed to bring any of the asked or new features. There could have been more quality-of-life features, as some users noted after reading the patch notes.
However, we have to take into consideration Nintendo Switch’s age spanning more than half a decade now. The little giant has thrived over the years, and it continues to dominate the competition despite its heydays finishing due to its lack of hardware specs. It has continued to break various milestones globally in the last few months.
For instance, Nintendo Switch accounted for 50 percent of all console sales in France last year. Moreover, the alluring portable console set a record in the United States that no console has achieved in the last 30 years. That is not all; the Switch also emerged victorious as the United Kingdom’s best-selling console last year.
With its increasing lifespan, rumors about the Switch 2 have been brewing and we have also learned a few details. For instance, Nintendo’s next console may start production this year and the company is seemingly already in talks with suppliers regarding its next console. The next iteration is anticipated to arrive in the next year or two.
What are your thoughts regarding Nintendo Switch issuing a new system update to fix a variety of bugs concerning OS? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.
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