news\ Oct 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

Wii U firmware update 4.0 now live; here's the latest changes

White Wii U console

Nintendo has released the latest Wii U firmware update, version 4.0.0 U, and while it's jam-packed with new features the most notable is easily the ability to out video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode. Nintendo notes, however, that Wii software is only displayed on the Wii U GamePad and cannot be controlled by it; therefore, the Wii Remote Plus or Wii Remote is still required to play Wii games.

Below is the full change-log for update 4.0 which is curently available for download and installation at your earliest convenience.

New Features:

  • A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode
    • Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
  • A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass
  • Support for USB keyboards
  • An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
  • Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software

Changes to Wii U Menu:

  • Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List

Changes to System Settings:

  • An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under "Internet"
  • A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through "TV"
    • Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions
  • A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under "Power Settings" when Standby Functions are enabled

Changes to Wii U Chat:

  • Added the option to view a friend's profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request
  • Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad

Changes to Internet Browser:

  • Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
  • Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
  • Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login
  • Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
  • Added support for viewing PDF files
  • Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
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