Switch News: Nintendo releases FW 9.2.0 & Atmosphère 0.10.3 released with FW 9.2.0 support, improvements to memory usage and more!
It’s been a while since Nintendo released an update for the Switch and now, they’ve released FW 9.2.0 on the same day when I got my own Switch console! As the update is relatively minor, Atmosphere required few changes and Atmosphere 0.10.3 was released a few hours ago which we’ll be looking at in this article.
Nintendo releases FW 9.2.0 – A pretty minor update by all accounts
Earlier today, or yesterday depending on where you live, Nintendo released Firmware 9.2.0 for the Switch & Switch Lite which is the first firmware update in 2020 as FW 9.1.0 was released in early December.
This update, which is relatively minor has a pretty short change log which simply states that it brings ‘General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.’ meaning that it’s simply some fixes with no to little user-facing changes.
From a technical point-of-view, SciresM has stated that this update, which dropped on the 3rd anniversary of the console, is relatively minor with only one instruction change in the kernel and minor changes to power management. As a result, it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be breaking much although CFWs and certain tools/homebrew may still require a minor update which was the case with Atmosphere.
Atmosphère 0.10.3 released with FW 9.2.0 support, memory usage improvements and more!
Due to the fact that in FW 9.2.0, the kernel received a minor change, Atmosphere had to be updated and a couple of hours ago, version 0.10.3 was released to add support for the new firmware among other things.
For those who aren’t aware, Atmosphere is one of the most popular CFW solutions for the Nintendo Switch and it comes with a good deal of features including emuMMC, the ability to use homebrew, add features to your Switch with sysmodules (and much more) together with active support through regular updates.
Going back to the latest release, the change log reveals that the update is more than just a compatibility update as it includes:
- Obviously, it adds FW 9.2.0 support
- Some improvements were made to memory usage as updates to ‘fatal’ and ‘sm’ shave off around 3MB of RAM usage allowing more RAM to be used for custom sysmodules
- The auto-migration feature that renamed ‘/atmosphere/titles/<program id>’ to ‘/atmosphere/contents/<program id>’ introduced with Atmosphere 0.10.0 has been removed
- This means that you have to rename the directories yourself if updating from Atmosphere 0.9.4 or older
- It’s now possible to redirect manual HTML content for games, the sdmmc in fusee/sept now exhibits better compatibility with some microSD cards and ‘ro’ received was updated as per changes made in FW 9.1.0
You may grab Atmosphere 0.10.3 from its GitHub Release Page. To use Atmosphere, you need a fusee-gelee vulnerable Switch or an ipatched unit running FW 4.1.0 for now.
Other than Atmosphere being updated, Hekate CTCear Mod 5.1.2 and Nyx 0.8.5 were also released with FW 9.2.0 support and some other notable improvements. When it comes to the PSVita, an unofficial AM2R 1.4.5 release is out with some stuff, but not all, from AM2R 1.5.