Nintendo Switch owners who purchased a copy of Minecraft on their portable gaming device have had all weekend to get acclimated to the popular block-building game, which has now spread to its 6th household console. However, downloading a copy of Minecraft on Nintendo’s latest console seems to create a sporadic system-wide glitch, prompting the system to randomly take screenshots throughout the day.
Many gamers initially thought the problem lied with the problem-plagued Joy-Con, but a recent Reddit thread of Nintendo Switch owners experiencing the problem all have one thing in common: they’ve all installed Minecraft over the last few days. One user reported that their Switch took over 1,400 screenshots of the home menu overnight, while others have simply had a few intermittent unprompted screenshots.
While Nintendo works out a patch for the evidently problematic port, a temporary solution has been found by some of the affected users to put a band-aid on the problem for now. Opening the Minecraft application will invariably cause the glitch to begin, and the Nintendo Switch will keep on taking screenshots even after the application is closed. To prevent this from continuing indefinitely, users can force the console to restart (and not just enter sleep mode), which will temporarily stop the glitch until Minecraft is opened again.
Nintendo has yet to comment on the issue, which is certainly a strange one. Glitches that cause applications to crash or trigger in-game performance issues is one thing, but it’s another for a glitch caused by running an application to continue system-wide after said application has been closed. This will likely prove to be a good case study to see how quickly a studio can release a hotfix for a Nintendo Switch game, as we imagine most gamers won’t be too pleased if their consoles begin taking 4 digits worth of screenshots overnight.
What do you think about the problematic Minecraft glitch on the Switch, Ranters?
Minecraft is currently available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and the Nintendo Switch, among others.