The Nintendo Switch is the latest home console release and the first you can take with you on the go. Being a tablet in its true form, it’s no surprise the Switch can’t perform on par with current gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. However, with Nintendo pushing for technological innovation and ease-of-use with their new console, you’d think they’d think to put in a simple headphone jack.
First of all, I know there’s a headphone jack on the actual Switch tablet. But what if I want to play on my TV while my boyfriend takes a nap? What about people who have to play exclusively with headphones due to their circumstances? They’re given few options.
Both other current gen consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One, have headphone jack in all of their controllers. It’s common sense, or so you would think. Nintendo did with their last home console, the Wii U, which had a headphone jack on its game pad.
I get why you can’t use headphones with the Joy-Cons. Sometimes they’re together, sometimes they’re apart. There are desyncing issues to worry about here, people. But the $70 Pro Controller? Come on. If I’m giving up my “nice dinner out” night for a controller, it should at least come with all the basics.
Something super extra puzzling is Bluetooth. The Switch already uses Bluetooth, so why not allow for wireless headphones to be used while playing on a TV?
Maybe with the console’s smartphone app release, we’ll see a way to listen to game audio through it. Or possibly a controller accessory with a headphone jack will makes its way to retail. It’s Nintendo, who knows.
For now, if you want to use headphones with your Switch while playing on a TV, your best option is to get a Bluetooth audio transmitter like this one. Or get, like, a really really long aux cable.