Why does someone hack a game console? Definitely to play the cracked copy of a game. Well, there are some people who just want to run any software they want to on the hardware they own. And this has exactly happened to Nintendo Switch. A group of hackers over at fail0verflow have successfully managed to get the latest hybrid console from Nintendo to act like a full-fat Linux tablet.
The Nintendo Switch: Now a Linux tablet
A couple weeks ago, the fail0verflow hacking collective first teased a still image of Nintendo Switch booting Linux on Twitter, the best place known for public bragging. And now, it has a video posted on Twitter, showing a full-on Linux distro running on the hacked Nintendo Switch, complete with a fully functional web browser, touchscreen support, as well as a GPU powered demo application.
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018
From the video demo, we can see that one of the hacker folks is logging into the internet to use Twitter while messing with the system settings and running some sort of graphics application just for show. No doubt, Nintendo isn’t very pleased to see some foreign operating system running on their gaming console. fail0verflow claims the exploit isn’t a bootroom bug, hence cannot be patched on currently released hardware and also doesn’t require a modchip. However, the collective failed to release any instruction on how hackers at home could get Linux to run on their own Nintendo Switches.