Switch firmware updated to 9.0, finally adds online play invites

The Nintendo Switch just got a firmware update that does a little more than just improve the stability. In fact, the full list of updates makes this one of the heftier improvements in a little while. Online play invites, system alarms, and even a few Switch Lite features have been introduced.

Ver. 9.0.0 (Released September 9, 2019)

Added the following system functionality:

  • Added a search feature for the News Channel.

    • Channels can be searched using filters or free text.
  • Added “Display QR Code to Check In” to User Settings.

    • You can display a QR Code on-screen to check in using your Nintendo Account.
  • Alarm Notifications have been added to System Settings > Notifications.

    • You can check or delete pre-set alarms.
    • Alarms can be set up only within supported software (to be added at a later time).
    • A controller firmware update may be required to use this feature.
  • You can now configure touch screen sensitivity settings.

    • Select between Standard and Stylus sensitivity (optimized for stylus input).
  • Added the option to turn on/off the system button input (Nintendo Switch Lite only).

    • When this setting is turned off the system no longer receives input from the console buttons, with the exception of the Capture and HOME Buttons, and can only be operated from a wirelessly paired controller (sold separately).
    • This setting is on by default and can only be turned off if a compatible controller (sold separately) is wirelessly paired to the console.
    • The setting will automatically turn back on when the console is restarted or after returning from sleep mode.
  • Added “Online Play Invites” section to the User’s page.

    • Invites from friends to join online play in supported software will be displayed in this section.
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.

    • Resolved an issue where some users can’t start the Fire Emblem: Three Houses game, and get an error instead.

The real winner here is the online play invites, a feature sorely lacking from the Switch that both Xbox One and PS4 have. The feature is for “supported software” but no such list is available just yet. Hopefully, this covers the big hitters like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, and Overwatch when that releases later this year.

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Cody Morris
Cody is a fan of the niche and super niche. He has a strong preference for JRPGs or anything with a grind in it. He spends his spare time wishing he was writing more.

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