Version 10.0 of anything sounds like a huge milestone and looking at the update breakdown for Nintendo’s 10.0.0 update of the Switch, one would be forgiven for assuming that this update isn’t that significant. There are no real UI changes, no processing boost, and yeah, the left stick on your Joy-Con probably still drifts. What Nintendo has done, however, is added flexibility to two key elements of the console that were in dire need of it.
The first change is that players will now be able to move “downloadable software, update data, and DLC” easily between internal storage and removable SD cards. Prior to this update, in order to move a game or any other software from internal to external storage, or vice versa, players had to uninstall the game and re-install it on the other form of storage. In addition to being time-consuming, if done incorrectly, players could end up losing their save data. This seems like a very simple change, but especially now with seemingly everyone playing on a switch (and buying games digitally while stores are closed) many people will be low on internal storage, and wanting to offload some of their games onto an SD card.
The second change probably won’t affect 90% of players, but Nintendo is adding complete freedom in remapping the buttons on a controller. This allows those with disabilities, and those who simply prefer a custom setup (like remapping the letter buttons to the same position that they would be on an Xbox controller which uses the exact same letters for example) to change their button imputes to best suit their play style and ability. Microsoft added the same functionality to Xbox One a few years ago, and it has been received well, especially considering that those who do not need this feature will likely never even know that it is there. Nintendo added the important caveat that this will only be possible on Joy-Con, Switch Lite integrated buttons, and the Nintendo Pro Controller.
In addition to these two major changes, Nintendo is also adding a few Animal Crossing icons for user profiles as they do with most big console exclusive games, as well as a bookmark feature for news content. The update is now live, so your console could be updating as you read this; you can also update manually in the console settings.