Third-party docks will brick your Switch, Nintendo says

Please buy the original



If you own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve probably seen the absurd number of third-party peripherals unendorsed by Nintendo. As you might expect, Nintendo is aggressively hostile against these off-brand devices. And if you don’t heed Nintendo’s warning, they might just brick your Switch.

Following the Switch 5.0 update, various users are reporting that their third-party docks are bricking their consoles. Problems range from charging failures to infinite boot loops.

These docks are a far cry from the Switch’s own dock. For one, they retail for much cheaper than a replacement dock from Nintendo. Also, some variants come in slimmer, sleeker, and more portable packages than the original’s bulky build.

Besides docks, peripherals makers also come up with their own portable chargers, extra batteries, custom controllers, and specialized cases. As with the docks, they can come off as more convenient compared to Nintendo’s own slew of items.

It comes as no surprise that users are preferring them over the licensed stock, despite the risk. Thankfully, affected devices can still be saved by sending it to Nintendo for repair. Unfortunately, the repairs come with the added risk of a completely wiped memory, saved games and all. (The Switch stores save files internally, rather than uploaded to a cloud.)

On Nintendo’s part, the company warns against buying or using any third-party product. The company states that they don’t test their devices with these devices.

As with all consoles, modders and off-brand accessories are inevitable. Likewise, the parent company is increasingly hostile against them (but ultimately powerless to stop them). Regardless, a growing number of concerned Redditors frequently warn against the danger of using such products.

If you value your save files (and your sanity), you might want to consider shelling out a few extra bucks just to get the officially licensed (and safe) merch.

SEE ALSO: 14 independent games are coming to the Nintendo Switch


Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry



Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.

If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.

Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.

Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.

The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5



Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac


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Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility

Update rolling out today



The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles available today. Besides being a home console, commuters and travelers can easily take their favorite games with them. However, for all its bells and whistles, the console lacks a key feature present in today’s traveling tech: Bluetooth audio support. In a surprise move, Nintendo is finally bringing the Switch into the wireless fold.

Today, an official software update is rolling out to Switches everywhere. The update adds in support for Bluetooth audio output. Gamers can now play their favorite games through the wireless earbud of their choice. The system’s settings screen now has a Bluetooth Audio setting to pair the console with wireless audio devices.

There are some caveats, though. The new feature is a single-player one. Users can’t attach Bluetooth microphones using the update. Though some games thrive in multiplayer, Nintendo won’t allow the feature yet.

Further, only on audio device can be paired at a single time, adding more complications for local multiplayer. Likewise, pairing an audio device will limit the console’s wireless controller connections to just two at a time. There might be some latency issues as well, according to the official support page.

The update is already rolling out now. Switch users should have access to the feature as soon as they get it.

SEE ALSO: Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

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