Nintendo Switch Update Bricks Consoles

Nintendo Switch Update Bricks Consoles
The latest 5.0 firmware update has reportedly bricked some consoles connected to third-party docks.

(CCM) — Nintendo Switch console owners risk "bricking" their game console and rendering it unusable after the latest firmware update if they connect it to a third-party dock, according to a report on computer game website, Kotaku.

Many owners use third-party docks instead of the official $90 Nintendo one because they are cheaper, or because they are smaller, or because in some cases they allow users to look at the console screen while it charges, and until now they have not been the cause of any problems.

But users of docks made by companies including Nyko and FastSnail have begun reporting that their consoles have stopped working after the 5.0 Switch firmware update. The Japanese console-maker is aware of the issue, according to the report, and is offering to fix affected units under warranty. But any saved game data is likely to be permanently lost, it added.

Nintendo has released a statement about the issue, recommending that Switch owners only buy official Nintendo products: "Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process," the company said. "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."

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