It is now available for download Nintendo Switch console software version 16.0.0a new update that brings changes and news explained in the patch notes.
Although there are not many changes, they considerably improve the console system, according to a report published on the website of Hobby Consoles.
This first firmware update of the year is important, like all those that end in a round number. The most striking notes of the patch are the following:
- User nicknames that cannot be used will be replaced by “???”, which can be updated from the profile settings.
- General system stability improvements to improve the user experience.
However, there is much more to analyze.
Changes to the Nintendo Switch system
The dataminer and Twitter user oatmealdome has shared more details about the news that version 16.0.0 of the Switch software brings, which seems to be focused on the internal parts of it.
“This update has slightly redesigned the way the operating system handles profanity checking.. The code has been moved to its own module to avoid unnecessary duplication and the database of profanity words is updated”, explains the tweeter in a thread.
OartmealDome confirmed: “Some rearrangement and addition of new words… Changed some system text to correct typos and/or improve wording”.
[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 apparently to avoid unnecessary code duplication.
—OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) February 21, 2023
Also, it seems that the QR code in the header of “Have questions about Nintendo Switch?” has been updated in some regions to use an HTTPS URL. On the other hand, the HDMI logo in the legal notices section of System Settings has been updated to remove the connector diagram.
Other improvements are the browser update, new error messages and the creation of a new certification authority (“G4”), remembering that all Nintendo Switch servers use certificates issued by the “G3” CA of Nintendo.