Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

The Nintendo Switch's GPU is key to installing unofficial games

Thanks, NVIDIA!
Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala
December 29, 2017
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Game console manufacturers don't particularly like hackers, but Nintendo's relationship with them has always been particularly tenuous. At a recent hacking conference in Germany a team presented their efforts at getting homebrew games on Nintendo's latest console, the Switch. As spotted by Wololo, bypassing typical safeguards apparently comes down to Nintendo's use of an off-the-shelf NVIDIA Tegra chip, and the backdoor that the silicon-maker left for itself.

As with November's Pegaswitch news, you'll need to stay on Switch firmware 3.0 once the hackers release their homebrew launcher. And if you've kept the hybrid console offline in the hopes of a hack, picking up a physical copy of Pokken Tournament DX will have the firmware version needed for access. The video that demonstrated how the hackers got to where they are with the exploit has been taken down, however.

There isn't a definite timeline for when to expect homemade games on the console, but hacker Plutoo promises homebrew will be here "soon." It should be noted hacking your system will void the warranty so if you're worried about that sort of thing, don't do it.

34c3-8941-eng-Console_Security_-_Switch from aosigjags on Vimeo.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
You can pre-order Microsoft's Surface Duo foldable phone today

You can pre-order Microsoft's Surface Duo foldable phone today

View
A 'GoldenEye 007' fan remake is dead after a cease and desist demand

A 'GoldenEye 007' fan remake is dead after a cease and desist demand

View
Android-plus-Windows could be just what dual-screen devices need

Android-plus-Windows could be just what dual-screen devices need

View
Microsoft's Surface Duo will cost $1,399 and arrive on September 10th

Microsoft's Surface Duo will cost $1,399 and arrive on September 10th

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr