After getting numerous offers on Christmas and New year, Nintendo Switch homebrew may soon be a reality. A recent hacking conference in Germany, 34c3 saw a team of thinkers and hackers which are Plutoo, Derek, and Naehwert gave a presentation on kernel hacks for the Nintendo Switch and also talked about the advantages of a quirk of the console’s off-the-shelf Nvidia Tegra chip, which allows a device to use a feature that Nvidia’s own engineers and developers use to access deep-level functions of the chipset not usually accessible to the public.
Previously in the month, Nintendo released a new update to the Switch, to help the users. Dubbed as version 4.1.0, it brought general system stability improvements and more importantly it should fix an issue regarding the motion controls to respond incorrectly when playing games that use the feature. While ending his speech Plutoo said, “Just search for ‘bypass the SMMU [System Memory Management Unit]’ in the documentation, Nvidia backdoored themselves.”
Moreover, installing software not sanctioned by Nintendo loses the quality assurance that the company offers, potentially leading to a sub-par experience, and perhaps even locking you out of later Nintendo releases that require newer firmware to avoid the easy access. That’s before considering the damage piracy does to the gaming industry and the people that work in it – a path that is often walked from the first steps of honest homebrew tinkering to more nefarious piratical ends.
Nintendo’s community has long struggled with the homebrew community and pirates, by using its Wii and Nintendo DS consoles particularly susceptible to hacking and piratical activities. Don’t be surprised if the Switch’s security is upgraded or stepped up in the coming weeks.