Don't Use Third-Party Switch Docks

Noel Cummings
March 31, 2018

There have been reports of this in the past, but ever since the Switch 5.0 firmware update earlier this month, the reported cases have skyrocketed, many pointing to the firmware update as the cause. He said at first, it just deleted all his data, but that eventually, it stopped turning on altogether.

While Nintendo would fix the devices still covered by warranties, the data that was gone in the process can not be recovered. Nyko made a couple statements and everything seemed to be ok.

For everyone in India who is foregoing a plan to purchase a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One will most certainly have an intention to purchase the Nintendo Switch.

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Despite the console shipping with a dock, some gamers buy third-party options. 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 product that appears to be affected includes the docks from FastSnail while those with Insignia-branded models are supposedly ok. Kotaku, a video game website, contacted Nyko about the affected systems.

"Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo's testing and evaluation process".

Nyko told Kotaku that it knows about the issue and is testing, but "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".

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There will always be a market for third-party accessories, especially when first-party accessories are priced too high for buyers' tastes. There could also be warranty issues, due to the use of third-party accessories. Post to the latest firmware update, some of the users have reported errors while docking their Switch consoles onto the third-party accessories.

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.

Nyko is a third-party accessory maker that offers an alternative dock to Switch owners. When something goes wrong while using unlicensed accessories, the blame can not be pinned on the OEM, so buyer beware.

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