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Hackers install Linux on the Nintendo Switch

Hackers install Linux on the Nintendo Switch

This is bad news for Nintendo: hackers have managed to install Linux on the Nintendo Switch. A maneuver that the Japanese firm can not currently counter.

Nintendo is one of the great video game leaders on the market for decades. It must be said that the firm is reinventing itself with each generation and, far from the technological race, offers innovative concepts. The last console of the firm, the Nintendo Switch, does not escape the rule while offering new hits that players only find in the latter: Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild etc. But while the Japanese firm could think itself safe from hacking, hackers have managed to install Linux on the console opening a path to pirated games!

Hackers install Linux on the console

It is the hackers of the Failoverflow team who have managed the feat of installing Linux on the latest Nintendo company. A step opening a lot of opportunity – at least in consoles already in circulation if Nintendo corrects the flaw in the next models. Hackers explain that the flaw is in the boot ROM of the chip Nvidia Tegra X1, directly integrated in the SoC, and which starts when the console turns on. Roughly, it will be impossible for Nintendo to fix the flaw with an update.

No need to change the hardware of the Nintendo Switch

Failoverflow also states that there is no need to change the hardware of the Nintendo Switch to successfully install Linux on it. An operation that allows to see, among hackers, the possibility of installing, for example, various software or operating systems as Android!. But above all, the ability to “enjoy” games simply hacked!. This is bad news for Nintendo and the video game industry, which has been suffering from hacking for many years.