Before 2017, the only Bluetooth compatibility the Nintendo Switch offered was the ability to connect a second set of Joy-Cons. for multiplayer gaming. Now that Nintendo has made the Nintendo Switch’s Bluetooth feature available to other manufacturers, users are finally able to customize their gaming experience even further by pairing their console with their favorite gaming headset. This includes popular gaming headsets like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. Read on for instructions on how to connect your favorite gaming headset to your Switch console.
Connecting Your Headset
Running and rolling through Sonic Origins? Jumping and pushing your way to the top in Fall Guys? Fighting baddies and eating pizza in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge? Whatever you’re playing, connecting your Turtle Beach Stealth 600 to your Nintendo Switch makes immersing yourself in your gaming world quick and easy. There are a few ways you can pair your two devices, so take a look below and see which option is for you.
Connecting in Docked Mode
Although this particular headset requires a USB connection with the console in the dock, you can still easily connect your Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset to your Switch. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to connect your headset to a USB adapter. Ensure that your Switch is charged or plugged into a charger, install the 13.0.0 update onto your console, and follow these simple steps:
- Power on your Switch and ensure it’s docked.
- Plug in your wireless adapter while your console is docked (the USB slot is next to the HDMI slot).
- Check to make sure that your adapter and headset are paired. There are usually lights on your adapter to indicate a connection.
- You should see “USB” in the top left corner of your screen when you’ve successfully paired your devices.
Connecting Via Bluetooth
If you prefer playing via Bluetooth with a different Turtle Beach headset, doing so is just as easy as pairing your devices using a USB adapter. Once your console is updated, simply pair your devices using these steps:
- Locate your console’s Settings menu.
- Navigate to Bluetooth Audio.
- Tap the Pair Device button.
- Follow the instructions on your headset’s manual for successful, quick pairing.
Once connected, you can save up to ten paired devices to your Switch’s history, which makes disconnecting and reconnecting to numerous headsets a breeze—which can be a major plus if your Nintendo Switch console is shared with your household, or if you like using different wireless headphones depending on where you’re gaming.
Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to the new Bluetooth compatibility. The biggest of which is that while using Bluetooth Audio, you can only connect two Joy-Cons to your console. This means that four-player games are out of the question if you want to use a wireless headset. Bluetooth microphones —even those built into your headset— are also incompatible with this new feature.
Another possible issue is that you can only connect one Bluetooth device at a time, so a second player cannot connect the console to their own wireless headset while they play. However, you can purchase a Bluetooth adapter to plug into your console’s headphone jack to get around this setting. Just make sure that your console and your headset are compatible with the adapter before you purchase one.
Connecting Via Headphone Jack
Although the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 does not have a wired option, many other Turtle Beach headsets do—and plugging them in takes just seconds and works exactly how you’d expect wired headphones to work.
While it seems that devices and how we connect to them are changing all the time, the Switch uses a regular 3.5mm headphone jack, and all wired Turtle Beach headsets are compatible with it. Simply plug the headphones in, adjust the volume if you need to, and enjoy your game. It’s as easy as that!
One of the only downsides of gaming with a wired headset is dealing with the wire. But if that doesn’t bother you, then this might be a great option for you. If it does, there are plenty of wireless and USB-connected headsets to explore below.
Exploring Turtle Beach Headset Options
When it comes to compatibility with the Switch, Turtle Beach has plenty of headsets to choose from. From wired to wireless, there’s something for every type of gamer and preference.
- Atlas One
- Atlas Three
- Battle Buds — Black/Silver & White/Teal
- Ear Force PX24
- Elite Atlas
- Elite Pro
- Recon 50P & Recon 50P White
- Recon 50X & Recon 50X White
- Recon 50
- Recon 60P
- Recon 70 for Nintendo Switch
- Recon 150
- Recon 200
- Recon 200 White
- Recon Camo
- Recon Spark
- Stealth 300
- Stealth 350VR
- XO One
- XO Three
- XO4 Stealth
- Stealth 400
- Stealth 450
- Stealth 520
- Stealth 600 For PS4/PS4 Pro
- Stealth 600 Gen 2 PS
- Stealth 700 For PS4/PS4 Pro
- Stealth 700 Gen 2 PS
- Elite 800
- Elite Atlas Aero
- Elite Pro TAC (only while the headset is in PC mode)
As Turtle Beach releases more headsets and Nintendo fine-tunes their Bluetooth compatibility, there will definitely be more headsets that will become compatible with the Switch and more features (like the chat function) will likely become available.
For more information on individual headsets and their compatibility with on-the-go gaming, visit Turtle Beach’s website.