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Nintendo Switch Update Brings Digital Game Sharing for Those Who Own Multiple Switch Consoles

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Nintendo Switch Update Brings Digital Game Sharing for Those Who Own Multiple Switch Consoles
  • Nintendo Switch update v6.0.0 went live Tuesday
  • Brings digital game sharing
  • Game will pause if you try to play it in two places

Alongside the launch of Nintendo Switch Online on Tuesday, software update v6.0.0 for the Switch has introduced the option to play digitally-purchased games across consoles, for those who own more than one Switch. The caveat of course is that you can only play on one console at a time.

Nintendo uses the terms “primary console” and “non-primary console” to label your devices, with only Switch allowed to be listed as the former. The first Switch that logs onto the Nintendo eShop will be activated as the primary console though you can change that by deactivating the current console and then accessing the eShop on a different one.

There are a few differences between primary console and non-primary consoles. Any user account on the primary console can play digitally-purchased titles. But with a non-primary console, only the user account that bought the game can launch it. Moreover, you always need to be connected to the Internet to play a game on a non-primary console.

If you’re wondering why Nintendo has that restriction, it’s because the company needs to know if you’re playing on another console. Should you lose your connection to the Internet or start playing a digitally-purchased game on the primary console, the game will pause “after a certain amount of time” on the non-primary console, Nintendo says.

Given Nintendo’s careful wording, it seems that you should be able to play a digitally-purchased title on one console and use a Switch game card with another console.

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Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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