Nintendo Switch update improves activity log a bit


Nintendo Switch’s new system update brings a bunch of big and important changes. One small change that Nintendo didn’t highlight in its 4.0.0 preview is equally pleasing: the console’s activity log, which does a notoriously poor job of accurately tracking playtime, is now a bit more specific.

Redditors who share my curse of obsessing over how much time I spend playing a game learned of the change shortly after the release of the version update. In player profile pages, any game played between one and five hours will now say the same – that is, if you played Sonic Mania for about four hours, the activity log will now note it.

Nintendo via Reddit

Previously, the minimum number of hours mentioned was five. Only played Switch 1-2 once, and for a few more minutes? It will probably say just that – “played for a few minutes” or “played for a little while”, or a similar rough time frame. If you’ve played this game for six hours, however, the activity log will still show you “played for five or more hours.”

The system is still missing anyone who wants to know exactly how many hours they have spent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild This year. There’s the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app to fill in the gaps a bit, as it lists your overall daily playtime down to the minute; but given how accurate the Nintendo 3DS activity log is, I’ll still find the Switch version disappointing until it gets closer to catching up.


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