Team Xecuter Nintendo Switch hardware mod – delays
The team stated a few days ago that the release of their “solution” (which is now confirmed to be a hardmod, if there was any doubt of that) is being delayed because the early prototype boards they have received from their Manufacturer in China seems to have reliability issues (the reliability issue seems to be in the exploit itself, not necessarily in the quality build of the boards). This means team Xecuter needs to go back to the drawing board a bit before they can start mass producing and sell their hardware mod.
Their full statement below:
As we receive tons of email asking us for more info and release date, here is a quick update on our product status.
After a few days delay due to Chinese New Year, we have finally received our prototype boards, as can be expected from any development cycle, we have experienced a few issues with reliability of our entry point, we will work on refining our method and keep you posted, stay tuned for more exciting news and videos in the coming weeks.
We are sorry for the delay, but we are also sure all Switch owners will be delighted by our product. It is worth the wait!
Does the Switch scene really need a hardware mod at this point?
In that context, it is difficult to understand what value a hardware mod would bring (It would probably help a lot if Team Xecuter gave details on what their “solution” actually does) , unless both Fail0verflow and Reswitched made the decision to not release their work. There’s also a possibility one of these teams would choose to release their work after the Xecuter devices start shipping.
Hardware teams that are in for a profit tend to ship “all in one” solutions that provide everything one needs to pirate games and run homebrew. In that aspect, even if open source hack solutions exist, these hardware mods sometimes appeal to people who are less tech savvy and just want something “plug and play”.
Team Xecuter also have a good reputation in the scene for a “hardware-mod-for-profit” entity. With that being said, the success of Team Xecuter’s product will directly depend on whether the other teams decide to release their hacks publicly or not.