It’s not really a secret at this point that hackers have been having a myriad of field days with the Switch for quite some time now. Lots of different modifications have come to the surface such as emulation and unlocking certain features like local backups. But, there have also been more advanced hacks that involve completely overwriting the operating system of the console. One such hack recently happened, as shown by Twitter user @natinusala who posted a picture showing an Android boot screen running on a Switch:
Not my work but worth sharing pic.twitter.com/XKctcJSZoo
— natinusala_ctx_t (@natinusala) February 12, 2019
No video evidence has surfaced yet, but it’s likely that this hack is not yet fully complete. It isn’t too surprising that this has happened considering that there have been hacks of this kind in the past (as alluded to earlier).
Just last year, a hacker group showed off a full version of Linux running on the Switch, complete with a desktop environment, 3D rendering, and even a web browser. Android is an open-source OS that does happen to have a bit of Linux code, though the two aren’t exactly intertwined. Nonetheless, it’s impressive that hackers have gotten this far with the Switch hardware. To try and combat this, Nintendo released revised models of the system last year that have different chipsets than early launch units. As of now, these cannot be hacked. Nevertheless, that clearly isn’t stopping hackers from pulling out every trick in the book when it comes to exploring the technical depths of exploitable Switch units.