The PlayStation 5’s Accolades feature allowed users to offer rewards to other players playing multiplayer games, and the idea was to help encourage kindness and camaraderie in the gaming community. But Sony has officially released it from PS5 this week for one reason: nobody used it. Most people (hello) didn’t even know it existed.
This got me thinking: what other game consoles still have useless features? Take a switch for example. Of course, Nintendo’s hybrid handheld has a lot going for it quietly useful little thingsHow universal zoom function. However, it can also be cleaned without anyone caring or even noticing.
Find Controls feature.
Of the Switch’s many Controllers menus, the Find Controllers feature collects the most dust. Open it and you’ll see a menu with a list of Joy-Cons paired with the console. Hold down the “A” button over the Joy-Con you’re looking for and it will bring it together. Quietly. At the frequency of animal hearing. It’s designed to help you find any detached Joy-Cons that might be out of place but not powerful enough to do one job – never mind that you actually need at least one Joy-Con to use it. .
Unfortunately, there is no console function that addresses Joy-Con drift whip.
Most of the seven permanent icons on the Switch’s home screen are genuinely useful shortcuts to submenus. One, however, is used only by the people who accidentally click on it: the “News” app. Open it up and you’ll see a reverse chronological feed of digitized press releases from the annals of Nintendo’s marketing machine. (You can also see the three most recent “stories” on the left bar of the screen when you boot up the console.) But if you’re looking for gaming news, you’re not going to read it on a gaming console—which you’ve presumably booted up to, y’know, play games. You’re especially not going to read it on that console if the text is so very tiny. You’re far more likely to get your news from favorite gaming site.
Despite what you may have heard, yes, the Switch has voice chat! Somehow. It’s a complicated mess. For PlayStation and Xbox, if you want to start voice chats,… plug in your headphones and start voice chats. But on the Switch, you have go through a multi-step process and launch the companion smartphone app. Nintendo could have ended voice chat no one cares. In fact, if you’re using a smartphone app to chat with your party members, Discord is there right here.
Everyone hates having to enter a password (twice!) to buy something on Nintendo e-mail. in the store rather than with the console’s tiny touchscreen keyboard. This solution doesn’t work in manual mode, but you can connect a USB keyboard to the dock and use it to type. But also: the time it takes to pull out the keyboard and plug it into the Switch’s dock probably takes longer than whatever task you’re trying to get around in the first place. (If you need to get to the e-store faster, just deactivate the password requirement.) Nintendo may lose keyboard support without much fanfare.
Screen lock (or, well, it’s an option)
Yes, the Switch’s screen lock feature is indeed very useful, dare I say essential. Turn it on and you’ll give your console a kind of purgatory between wake and sleep states. Then you’ll have to tap the same button three times to use the console, which might prevent it from accidentally turning on when, say, it’s rustling around in your purse. Honestly, it shouldn’t even be an option: it should be the standard. Get rid of the choice, I say, and let the screen lock be the standard.
I’m joking! I’m joking. But wouldn’t it be great if there were more color themes for Switch backgrounds? Hello? hey where did you go