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.
I’m a little hesitant to try this out on my own Switch out of fear of messing it up and leaving me with a bricked console, but this is great news for the homebrew community.
Since Nintendo still has to make profit, *yet* delivers pretty good experience (game, cardboards, …) I just hope people will still invest some money in return for the good fun they get from all the innovations, not just fall into stupid piracy because they can. I hope homebrew on Switch will bring a fair XNA-like experience on Nintendo.