Nintendo Switch users urged to not use third-party docks

01 April, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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Users that bought the third-party docks, especially from the company called Nyko, have a lot of issues to report.

Going by Famitsu's numbers, the Nintendo Switch sold about 52,000 units in Japan last week, that helped give it a push to reach 4 million units sold in Japan on its 56th week since release. Yet, it seems the error could be caused by the hardware manufactured by companies other than Nintendo.

One user named Sean told Kotaku that his Switch quit working after connecting it to his Nyko Portable Switch Docking Kit. The number of bad USB-C port reports have slowed down, but now users are reported that third-party charging (not exclusively Nyko chargers) is causing their Switch console to actually brick, making it unusable. Another dock from FastSnail seems to be causing issues as well, though there are some claiming that Best Buy's Insignia-branded docks are fine. Yet, it apparently needs to perform more tests to narrow down the source of the problem.

Sean said a support rep told him, "Nintendo has received multiple calls about the devices being completely bricked and is offering to fix the device if it is under warranty". "We believe it is related to the way the Switch handles AV output for an external TV/monitor while the console is docked on the Portable Docking Kit", said a Nyko representative. Third-party peripherals have been a part of PC and console gaming for decades.


To be clear: We don't know for sure that there's a definite correlation between Nyko's dock specifically and the 5.0 firmware. We really hoped this would happen sooner so that we Switch fans could experience Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom on a handheld.

Third-party accessories usually offer features that are not available on original products. Since the Switch's launch a year ago, a number of companies have produced docks that plug into televisions and let you play on a big screen.

Often these products sell well not because they are cheaper, which they usually are, but because they offer something that you can not get with a licensed product.

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