Hacker Daeken of Team reswitched announced last week that Pegaswitch, the exploit tool for the Nintendo Switch, now supports usermode code execution.
Specifically, the Pegaswitch github was updated last week to support usermode execution on 3.0.0: in other words, homebrew on Switch 3.0.0 is now possible for you, the reader.
Currently, everything the reswitched team has released is focused on firmware 3.0.0. People on firmwares below that one will need to update to 3.0.0, which for now is only possible by grabbing a copy of Pokken Tournament DX, and updating from the cartridge.
People on firmware 3.0.1 and above, of course, will have to wait until future exploits are discovered. That might take a while.
Pokken DX is the only known cartridge that ships with 3.0.0 (all regions)
For those on firmwares below 3.0.0 though, the current question is whether it’s worth buying Pokken DX simply to update to 3.0.0: given how recent the Pegaswitch update is, there is literally no homebrew available for the Nintendo Switch yet. Allegedly, Daeken was able to compile and load Doom (the 1993 game) on the Switch, although running the binary did not render anything. (source). In parallel, Plutoo announced a few weeks ago that he has full kernel access on firmware 3.0.0, and is actively working on the Switch firmware. But there is no word if or when he would release the results of that work.
Which brings the question: how big will the momentum be on Switch 3.0.0 homebrew? And once someone is on 3.0.0, how big is the incentive not to update instead of getting some good Mario Odyssey?
This will vastly depend on which developers (and how many) try to get homebrew up and running on 3.0.0. The folks behind Retroarch have announced they will attempt to support Switch homebrew on 3.0.0, but with the implicit assumption that SDKs and homebrew tools are available. A release of the meta-emulator could definitely bring motivation for more people to onboard the scene.
Personally, as an owner of 1.0.0, I’m strongly wondering if I should get Pokken DX, a game I have no intention to play, just for the sake of upgrading to 3.0.0. Then again, people who wait until “something big” happens for 3.0.0 might have to face the typical “skyrocketing price” effect on Pokken DX, once the game becomes in high demand.