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Nintendo indirectly comments on third party Switch docks causing bricked systems

For awhile now, we've heard about some Switch owners having trouble with third party docks. Most of the attention has centered on Nyko's Switch dock, which has lead to many a bricked Switch. This only seemed to escalate with the Version 5.0 firmware the Switch recently received. Nyko has been aware of the issue since the first reports came in, and they're still addressing the issue after Version 5.0.

“We are aware of the issue some Portable Docking Kit owners are facing after updating the firmware on their Nintendo Switch to version 5.0. Though further testing is still required to determine the exact root cause of the problem, 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.”

When Nintendo was contacted about the Switch third party dock issue, they didn't come right out and say the recent firmware update was the problem. As usual, they commented on the matter in a roundabout way.

“Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.”

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: nyko, switch

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viejodani
Tue Mar 27 18 05:50pm
Rating: 6

I do not think they are genuinely bricking them.

As they said, Nintendo only performs tests with official products and accessories. While it is a time and money saving solution, it gives no guarantees about third party offerings.

There is no company that does tests with every accessory in the market.

If Nintendo's intentionally bricking Switches that use third-party docks then that's genuinely fucked up.

viejodani
Tue Mar 27 18 05:50pm
Rating: 6

I do not think they are genuinely bricking them.

As they said, Nintendo only performs tests with official products and accessories. While it is a time and money saving solution, it gives no guarantees about third party offerings.

There is no company that does tests with every accessory in the market.

I don't get why people are so keen on blaming Nintendo instead of just accepting that unlicensed accessories always represent a gamble.
Questionable build quality, generic components, lack of QA, or just software updates breaking things can and have happened before with any other platform.
I swear some people just want to blame Nintendo for everything and anything that could go wrong.

I feel like people blame Nintendo, because blaming the dock makers would be acknowledging that the consumer was in the wrong for going for the cheaper product.

But it doesnt matter if it's Nintendo or Nokia, most companies warn against using unlicensed accessories, especially chargers, cables, and batteries.

I can sympathize with those who wanted a more portable dock (the official ones dont seem too travel friendly, much less portable...), but we also know that Switch's USB-C tech isnt your regular type. We also know cloud saves arent a thing yet. So why play with fire after the cautionary tales of others?

I use an official Nintendo dock and after the 5.0 update, my Switch refuses to power on unless I remove it from the dock first hold the power button only to get an error message telling me to "press the power button or hold the power button for 12 seconds" then I press the power button on the console it turns on before I can put it back in the dock. It's annoying as hell. I can't even turn the console on with the joycons anymore.

I honestly don't know why more people didn't get the message to never ever buy anything with NYKO's name on it, let alone a dock that plugs right into the system. Considering how Nintendo's still too stupid to let you back up your saves to even the microSD, it makes you wonder why people would throw out the dock that comes with their system in favor of one made by a terrible third party company...

I can't think of any reason why a 3rd party dock should cause a problem. I bet it's down to Nintendo's firmware and how they're so repressive. Anti-piracy comes above all else, sure we don't even have basics like a web browser on the Switch after over a year. Watch a certain site regurgitate this information tomorrow.

Um... because they are of cheaper quality to make up for their cheaper prices. It's not hard to fathom.

While using licensed products is definitely the way to go. Nintendo decided to use a USB-C port and USB PD for the console,but deviated from the standards for no reason. If the Switch was following the standards you at least wouldn't have to worry about frying your Switch using legit USB-C products.

The Nyko dock is likely deviating as well, considering that it is by far the worst 3rd party dock when it comes to frying consoles.

"The Nyko dock is likely deviating as well, considering that it is by far the BEST 3rd party dock when it comes to frying consoles." FTFY

I've been using the Nyko dock since it released. Now I have to stop using it until this issue is resolved. The product is too useful to simply discard. I bought it for a reason, and I want to continue to use it. I hope this gets resolved via a Nintendo update or a Nyko update, or both. But I need for this to actually be resolved so I can continue to use the product that I bought.

This shouldn't be a problem if both parties follow the spec.

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