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Nintendo Switch System 4.0.0 Adds Limited Video Capture & User Data Transfers

Capture, trim & share.

Ticking off a pre-launch promise, Nintendo have released Nintendo Switch system update 4.0.0 overnight, bringing with it built in video capture and what is hopefully just a first step to allowing people to backup their saves, with user profile transfers from one console to the next.

Video capture here is limited just capturing the last 30 seconds of gameplay, and can only be triggered in four games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Splatoon 2. The video clips are saved in the Album with a long press of the capture button, and can then be trimmed and shared to Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully the reach of this is broadened to more games and third parties over time.

While it’s not the sweeping save data backups that people would like to see, you can now transfer user data from one Switch to another. This removes all the associated data from the source Switch, and it means that if you’ve had a friend or family member with a profile on your Switch, they can move their progress to another when they get their own.

A smattering of other changes include a bunch of new Super Mario Odyssey user icons, pre-purchase and pre-download options in the eShop, and being able to share a game’s patch data with others to get everyone on the same version number and enable local ad hoc play without a WiFi connection.

For the full patch notes, expand the following section:

Improvements Included in Version 4.0.0

Added the following system functionality

  • Capture video on select games
    • To capture video, hold down the Capture Button during gameplay
    • Up to a maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved in the Album. You can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
    • As of October 18th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2
  • Select from 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Transfer user and save data to another system
  • Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop
    • A pre-purchase option will be available for certain games. This option allows pre-load of the game to your system for quicker play when the game is released.
    • This feature will be supported by future game releases
  • News channel updates
    • The news feed has been updated with a new look.
    • Unfollowing a channel will remove that channel’s content from the news feed and following the channel again will make it reappear.
  • Match software version with a group of local users
    • To create a group, head to the software’s Options > Software Update > Match Version with Local Users
    • Everyone’s software will be updated to match the most recent version in the group
    • All users must be on system menu version 4.0.0 or later to view and join a group

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

  • Changed the specification which hid wireless networks using TKIP security from the network search results. Wireless networks using TKIP security will now display in search results as a grayed-out selection instead of not being displayed
    • The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK(AES), and WPA2-PSK(AES). If your router is using a different security type (e.g. WPA-PSK(TKIP)), you will need to change this security type within your router’s settings.

Source: Nintendo of America

  1. MadBoJangles
    Since: Nov 2009

    Nice update.
    I thought it was transferring save data etc to sd at first, but not to worry.

    Comment posted on 19/10/2017 at 09:28.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Me too, I had to reread that sentence a few times! Hopefully save backup comes soon, it seems like exporting a backup would be such a simple thing with USB ports sitting right there in the dock! Ah well, it’ll come.

      Comment posted on 19/10/2017 at 10:17.
      • Stefan L
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Oop. Tweaking it now.

        Comment posted on 19/10/2017 at 11:40.
  2. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Seeing on Twitter that it also supports wireless USB headsets… Like the PS4 Gold one.

    Obviously only in docked mode, as that’s where the right USB port is, but still.

    Comment posted on 20/10/2017 at 10:59.