[Updated: Reference to New Model with Newer SoC] Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 Update Available Now; Here’s What it Does


[Updated] Reported by website Switchbrew and spotted by ResetEra user Atheerios, it appears that the new 5.0.0 firmware includes a System-on-a-chip (SoC) revision. This might imply that the current Switch units include a hardware vulnerability that would allow for exploits, including future Switch software versions.

New Nintendo Switch units will most likely be shipped with a different SoC.

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[Original] Nintendo has made Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 update available for download now, and we’ve got the official release notes.

As covered yesterday, an update for the Parental Controls iOS app already suggested that the 5.0.0 update was inbound, and Nintendo has now deployed it for all Switch users.

The last update, the 4.1.0 update, dated from December of last year and many were hoping for major changes in the next firmware version, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

It appears that Nintendo fixed the issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section, major changes appear to be absent in this software version. Check out the release notes for yourself below:

Improvements Included in Version 5.0.0 (Distributed 03/12/2018)

Added the following system functionality

Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions

  • Friend suggestions are based on the Facebook and Twitter accounts you have linked to your Nintendo Account
  • To view your friend suggestions, from the top left of the HOME Menu head to your User Page > Friend Suggestions
  • You must be 13 or older to use this feature

Select from 24 new ARMSand the Kirby series icons for your user

  • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will start downloading sooner than previously, even if the Nintendo Switch console is in Sleep Mode

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To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad

  • When prompted to enter you Parental Controls PIN, press and hold the + Button to change between input methods

Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization

Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelist to exclude them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting

  • Play-Time Limit restrictions will still apply even when the software title has been whitelisted.

Receive notification when pre-purchased software is ready to play

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors will now display in the Controllers menu

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

Resolved an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of your User Page

The Nintendo Switch is available now globally.