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Nintendo Switch has been hacked, with two similar exploits released in the last 24 hours following a complete dump of the console's boot ROM. The hacks are hardware-based in nature and cannot be patched by Nintendo. The only way forward for the platform holder in fully securing the console will be to revise the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor itself, patching out the boot ROM bug. In the short term, homebrew code execution is possible and a full, touch-enabled version of Linux with 3D acceleration support is now available.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2018-switch-hacked-exploit-analysis



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The homebrew scene will be in full motion in 2 or 3 months. Unfortunately so will piracy.

Nintendo can't catch a break when it comes to their systems being exploited, but in this case it's nvidia's fault.



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this will probably increase hardware sales...and i know it doesnt make sense but so will software sales.



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Barkley said:
The homebrew scene will be in full motion in 2 or 3 months. Unfortunately so will piracy.

Nintendo can't catch a break when it comes to their systems being exploited, but in this case it's nvidia's fault.

nVidia better have provided that rumored revision for free because they probably just cost Nintendo hundreds of millions of dollars.  I'm more pissed about the inevitable online headaches with cheaters and I'm hoping Nintendo's online pay wall will motivate them to crack down hard on it.



I don't think this will impact sales much. People who would buy a Switch just for homebrew would probably just be a bonus for Nintendo anyway.



It's not a nightmare for Nintendo. Those who might pirate, assuming we even get to running back ups soon, will pirate anyways. They're not consumers for Nintendo. I don't think this will become mainstream because of course you still have to do some shoddy tomfoolery with the pins, it's not like a bannerbomb for Wii (not yet anyway) and a lot of future games from Nintendo will most likely require internet to get the most out of them. You're not pirating Splatoon 2 and playing online anytime soon, same goes for Smash, etc.

I think this will be best for homebrew apps like emulators, and backing up saves. The same things that have been happening since the GBA. Switch will continue to be a success and software sales will perform well as usual. I'm sure I don't speak for the majority of Switch's marketshare/userbase but I don't see even 1 million switch owners using this particular method in the future. Once it becomes, put your SD card in with a file and go to the web browser or something similar to that, this won't be a huge issue. But I guess it's inevitable for 16-18 Million devices. Nintendo best just get the revisions out ASAP.



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Ljink96 said:
It's not a nightmare for Nintendo. Those who might pirate, assuming we even get to running back ups soon, will pirate anyways. They're not consumers for Nintendo. I don't think this will become mainstream because of course you still have to do some shoddy tomfoolery with the pins, it's not like a bannerbomb for Wii (not yet anyway) and a lot of future games from Nintendo will most likely require internet to get the most out of them. You're not pirating Splatoon 2 and playing online anytime soon, same goes for Smash, etc.

I think this will be best for homebrew apps like emulators, and backing up saves. The same things that have been happening since the GBA. Switch will continue to be a success and software sales will perform well as usual. I'm sure I don't speak for the majority of Switch's marketshare/userbase but I don't see even 1 million switch owners using this particular method in the future. Once it becomes, put your SD card in with a file and go to the web browser or something similar to that, this won't be a huge issue. But I guess it's inevitable for 16-18 Million devices. Nintendo best just get the revisions out ASAP.

Stop with that tired defense. "They weren't going to buy it anyway" is a load of bullocks from every angle. If Nintendo's assault on R4 and M3 cards is any indication, it's clear it does has a noticeable impact on sales. Why else would Nintendo spend millions fighting it?



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