Nintendo Switch update bricks consoles2018-03-29 14:01 by Daniela
Tags: Nintendo Switch
Nintendo's 5.0 update for the popular Switch console caused plenty of complaints across Reddit and Nintendo fan forums, with users of third-party accessories like Nyko's Portable Docking Kit and YockTek's USB-C converter explaining that their consoles have been bricked - which basically means dead and non-functional.
A large number of users noted that the newly released version of the game system's firmware might be the source of the problem. Yet, it seems the error could be caused by the hardware manufactured by companies other than Nintendo.
Nyko said it is working on a solution and has policies on replacing malfunctioning products. Here's what a Nyko representative said:
"[We are] aware of the issue some Portable Docking Kit owners are facing after updating the firmware on their Nintendo Switch to version 5.0. Though further testing is still required to determine the exact root cause of the problem, we believe it is related to the way the Switch handles AV output for an external TV/monitor while the console is docked on the Portable Docking Kit."
Meanwhile, Nintendo acknowledges that it is a legitimate issue and offered repairs for units still covered by its warranty. Additionally, the firm released an official statement regarding third-party peripherals, which cautions users against third-party products.
"Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo's testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals," it said.
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