Some homebrew developers, like Joel16 and Bernardo Giordano, love making users’ life easier by developing console utilities. As a result of this, hacked consoles have plenty of useful utilities and now SwitchIdent is officially released (v 0.1) and Checkpoint 3.3.0 got released which brings a UI overhaul!
SwitchIdent (w/GUI) 0.1 released
If you’re a Ubuntu fan, then you will surely like the GUI version of SwitchIdent 🙂
Joel16 seems to have something for software that properly identifies hacked consoles as he developed successful identification tools for the PSVita, 3DS and PSP. These have proved quite useful and now, the Nintendo Switch has officially joined the ranks of consoles that have ‘ident’ homebrew for them!
A short while back in mid-May, Joel16 shared with us that he had been working on SwitchIdent and started generating test builds for the impatient to enjoy. Now, he’s released an official build of SwitchIdent labelled version 0.1 as he considers it mature enough for the average Switch hacker!
SwitchIdent has the following features:
The ability to show:
Firmware and Kernel version – You can’t see the Kernel version on FW 4.x.y
Hardware type and unit
Device and DRAM ID
Your device’s region (such as USA) – This needs some further testing as it isn’t reported properly for all users!
The current CPU and GPU clock
Many other stuff including Networking and Storage information
SwitchIdent is also available in console-mode if you’re not a fan of the Ubuntu interace!
A version with a text-based UI that’s simple but gets the job done
A version with a GUI that is reminiscent of Ubuntu as it borrows its icons and general colour scheme!
To get this, simply follow the link below. Remember that this is a version 0.1 release so there may be bugs or inaccuracies which you should civilly report if encountered.
Checkpoint Save Manager updated to version 3.3.0
Checkpoint Save Manager is currently the only way to locally back up your games’ save-data as Nintendo thought it would be funny not to let you do it officially… This potentially live(and time)-saving utility, which is also available for the 3DS, has been updated to version 3.3.0 exclusively for the Switch. This update brings along:
A GUI redesign which includes:
Titles are now displayed by icons so selecting the game you want will be much quicker!
If you have saves from multiple users on your Switch, they are now separate from each other as they’re sorted by user.
More detailed information, such as the Title ID, author and user, is now displayed.
The selected title and current user can now be changed using either the buttons or the touchscreen.
The Switch’s screen real-estate is now being utilised in a much better way due to improved spacing and resizing of elements.
Animations when you select games!
The new Checkpoint UI looks much better now as it utilises the Switch’s screen space properly!
The utility now loads much quicker as icons are compressed to take up less space!
Memory leaks related to game icons have been addressed.
Other general improvements such as bug fixes.
Bernardo Girodano, Checkpoint’s developer, has also stated that he’ll be updating the behind-the-scenes code to make Checkpoint work better as he believes that the current code is quite messy. That means that another release will surely be available soon!
To get SwitchIdent or Checkpoint 3.3.0, simply check the links below and install the NRO file on your Switch! If you have any issues, report them to the respective developer on the GitHub or GBATemp link below!
N.B: Please note that I could not test the software mentioned in this article as I currently do not own a Switch. The best efforts have been made to report accurate information through online research! – Aurora.
I'm a girl that's liked technology from day 1. Mostly interested in the PSVita/PSP scene but I've always modded my stuff when it's possible, that is :)Contact me via DM at @KawaiiAuroraA on Twitter if you have any questions/concerns about my articles or if you have any article requests.