Nintendo Switch Firmware 4.00 Out, Includes Video Capture And Profile Transfer

by Imran Khan on Oct 18, 2017 at 07:33 PM

Nintendo has just released their version 4.00 firmware, which finally makes good on their promises for (admittedly limited) video capture.

Video capture works on only select games, currently only compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. It is unknown if the limitations are due to the type of game or publisher restrictions, as is the case on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For an example of a game not working with video capture, we tried Sonic Mania, though that title's issues with the Home and Capture buttons has always been complicated and it freely supports video and streaming on other systems.

For better or worse, it looks like video capture must be enabled by the software creator.

Video capture is enabled by holding down the capture button and can only capture the last 30 seconds. Clips can be edited and posted to Facebook or Twitter.

The other major aspect of the firmware is the ability to transfer your profiles and saves to another Switch. This lets you transfer save files and profiles, so your Nintendo account, to another Switch. This is not cloud saving or multiple profile use, it is transferring from one Switch in your possession to another Switch in your possession. It will not help if, for example, your Switch is lost. It will help if your kids are getting their own Switches and you want to move their profile over there so they stop saving over your Zelda progress.

There are also minor additions, like Mario Odyssey profile images, pre-orders for the eShop, and stability updates.