The official Switch controllers have a lot of neat little gadgetry crammed inside their compact designs. But, there’s one feature, in particular, that has flown under the radar—primarily because it’s been almost totally unused. For that reason, some people don’t even realize that it’s there.
On both the Pro Controller and right Joy-Con, you may have noticed that the ring surrounding the HOME button is gray. Actually, it’s translucent. That’s because behind that button is a blue LED notification light that has remained relatively stealthy until now.
In the recent Switch 9.0.0 firmware update, Nintendo has finally enabled the functionality of that light. By setting “Alarm Notifications” on, the light on your controller will now pulse, just as it did back in the days of the Wii U (on the Wii U Gamepad) and original Wii (the blue light of the disc tray). It’s anyone’s guess as to why Nintendo has taken so long to enable what seems to be such a relatively simple feature, but ‘better late than never’ as the old saying goes.
While this feature remained unused on the Switch itself until now, some users have been able to get the light to illuminate by means of connecting the Pro Controller to their PC, and using modification software for the Joy-Con. Now, the secret is out completely.
I personally uncovered this fun little detail about two years ago:
Did you ever notice the translucent ring around the right Joy-Con's HOME button? Wonder why Nintendo hasn't officially enabled it yet….Any theories?