Via the Twitter account of the manufacturer’s Japanese division, Nintendo invites users to avoid playing with their Switch if the temperature exceeds 35° C, both outside and inside your home. Indeed, it is possible that the console turns off automatically in case of overheating.
As you may know, we are currently going through a period of heat wave. Météo France has also placed seven French departments on orange alert, including Haute-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Gironde, Ardèche and Drôme.
“An episode of strong heat sets in south of the Garonne and in the lower Rhône valley. Tomorrow Wednesday, the minimums will be between 19 and 21 degrees while the maximums go up to 36 and 39 degrees”, ensures the institution. According to Meteo France, temperatures will remain scorching in the south of the country for the next few days.
Note that France is not the only one affected by these episodes of high heat, this is also the case in Italy, the United Kingdom or Spain and Germany. Unsurprisingly, these high temperatures can have a strong impact on the operation of our electronic devices, such as our PCs or our game consoles.
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Nintendo warns Switch users about high heat
To avoid possible damage caused by overheating, Nintendo has just warned Switch users via the Twitter account of the Japanese division of the manufacturer. Indeed, the current high temperatures could in particular cause the console to turn off automatically.
“If you use the Nintendo Switch in a hot place, the temperature of the main unit may become high. Please use it in a place where the temperature is between 5 and 35°C. Also, if the air intake and exhaust origins are blocked, the temperature of the main unit may rise. Improve airflow around the intake and exhaust ports”, advises Nintendo on the social network.
The manufacturer adds that “If the CPU temperature gets too high, it can sleep automatically to protect the unit main”. In addition, BigN also invites players to remove foreign bodies and dust from the air inlets/outlets with a vacuum cleaner, to ensure optimal cooling. In July 2021, Nintendo had already warned users about the potential effects of heat on the Switch.