Atmosphère, mainly developed by SciresM, TuxSH, hexkyz, and fincs, is one of the major players in the Nintendo Switch’s CFW scene and requires a fusee-gelee vulnerable Switch console. By using Atmosphère, you can make your Switch much more useful and do stuff such as:
Run a lot of homebrew from an ever-increasing homebrew library.
If OSU is your thing, then hacking your Switch will let you satisfy your hobby with McOsu!
Among available homebrew, we find:
A plethora of emulators such as ones for the SNES, PS1, GBA and more recently, decently performing versions of Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS emulators thanks to overclocking and JIT support in the former!
Utilities like NXShell, to browse your files and get stuff on your Switch via FTP, and pPlay for watching videos since Nintendo decided not to include a video player…
While Atmosphère 0.8.4 isn’t a 0.x release, it’s still a pretty significant update as it includes:
Support for firmwares 7.0.0 and 7.0.1 which means that the latest Switch firmware now has a CFW available for it!
Key derivation is now done through a new payload called ‘sept’ which stores boot keys in “sept/payload.bin” on your SDCard
As fusee-gelee can’t be patched on already vulnerable consoles, new Switch firmwares will keep on getting CFW although it may get harder in the future as Nintendo implements more measures to stop them from being hacked!
It seems that the sigpatches being used for FW 6.2.0 and below do not work on FW 7.0.0/7.0.1 which means that custom NSP support is currently broken and applications like GoldLeaf won’t work.
Kernel patches, by m4wx, having to do with JIT support now ship with Atmosphère
The algorithm for recognising applications to override has been improved
Numerous fixes relating to system modules, such as a fix for a deadlock condition in libstratosphere mitm sysmodules.
Without a doubt, the highlight of this release is FW 7.0.0/7.0.1 support but you should be cautious when updating to those firmwares if you use stuff that requires sigpatches. If your Switch is still running an older firmware, it’s still recommended to upgrade to Atmosphère 0.8.4 when you have time for the bug fixes and the JIT patches especially if you’re into emulation!
To grab Atmosphère 0.8.4 and liberate your FW 7.0.0/7.0.1 fusee-gelee vulnerable Switch, simply follow the link below and install it on your device. Issues should be reported to the Issues tab of the GitHub link below.
As usual, there’s a significant chance of getting banned when hacking your Switch especially when using NSPs so think twice before hacking your device and if you do so, avoid connecting to the internet!
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