As you may already know that the new update for the Nintendo Switch is now live and it has also seen the launch of the paid online service as well.
So alongside that Nintendo has also revealed that it supports game sharing between multiple consoles. Which is a very interesting and desired aspect they have introduced.
Having said that for those who still have no idea on what is a difference between a Primary Console and non-Primary console. You need not worry, it may appear complicated but it is not. Below we have attempted to explain the difference.
What is a Primary Console?
A primary console is in simple words is the main console from which you Nintendo Account will be directly connected. There can be only one primary console with one Nintendo Account. Bear in mind the first console you use to connect to Nintendo eShop will become the primary console.
Once you have designated your one primary Switch console you will be able to still link that same account to other Switch consoles but bear in mind that these consoles, will not be activated as primary since there can only be one primary console.
Any user can play downloadable content that been purchased, using the primary console. Adding to that if you wish to check to know or verify whether a console that you are using is a primary one you can check it from the “Primary Console Status” in the eShop account information.
What is a Non-Primary Console?
A non-primary console is a console that can be considered as a secondary console and that is why some of the functionalities of this console differ compared to the functions of the primary console when a Nintendo Account is used.
You can link multiple Switch consoles to the account even if they are Non-Primary consoles. You will still be able to access the shop, purchase and download software under certain conditions.
It is compulsory for a non-primary user to have an active internet connection if they wish to play downloadable content.
So what a non-primary console means is that it is a console that will offer features available through Nintendo Account, however, some of the features are dedicated to Primary consoles only.
How Game Sharing Between Multiple Consoles Work?
You need to activate one Switch console as a primary console.
How to activate?
Link a Nintendo Account to your Switch console.
Access the Nintendo eShop and select your Nintendo Account.
Provided the fact that of the account you are trying to link your console to does not already have an active console, this console that you are using will become the primary console for that account.
Now if you wish to make a different console the primary console then firstly you have to deactivate your current primary console from the user menu. Then use the other console you wish to make primary by logging into your Nintendo account.
It is very much understandable that trying to use game sharing between multiple consoles may be a little technical and provided the fact the information is not too accurate but you can be certain that more detailed way to understand how it works, will soon follow through.
With all that said, as you may know, that Nintendo Switch Online subscription is now not free and now users will have to purchase subscriptions in order to avail online services. So if you have any ambiguity about the pricing etc. Then perhaps a comparison will help you better decide.