Switch Firmware Update Out Now With Hidden Changes
Version 16.0.1 is out now, and here's what you need to know.
A new firmware update is out now for the Nintendo Switch, but don't expect too much in terms of meaningful changes or improvements. The patch notes shared on Nintendo's website mention only that there are "general stability improvements," but that's not the entire story.
Dataminer OatmealDome discovered that hidden inside update 16.0.1 are changes that adjust the banned words list to reduce accidental blocks. Additionally, words on the banned list were added and removed in some languages, according to OatmealDome.
What's more, there were some changes to the Background Content Asymmetric Transmission (BCAT) system that OatmealDome believes are related to bug fixes.
[Nintendo Switch Firmware Update]— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) March 23, 2023
Version 16.0.1 is out. 🧵
The official patch notes state “stability” as the sole change.
Internally, the bad words lists were rearranged to reduce erroneous blocking, and various words were added/removed in some languages.
The “BCAT” system module was changed in some way, but I’m not sure how. That being said, it's probably a bug fix (or fixes?) given how difference reports show no major changes.— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) March 23, 2023
And… that’s it.
This was the second Switch firmware update of 2023, following one in February that also primarily focused on general stability improvements.
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.
There have been ongoing rumors of a new, more powerful Switch console--the Switch Pro--but those reports never materialized into a real product. A next-gen Nintendo console will launch in late 2024, according to one research firm, but this might not be anything beyond pure speculation.
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