Hacker evilsperm of team rebug fame has been sharing a few screenshots and videos of a modchip for the Nintendo switch. The device will let you boot into RCM mode as well as run payloads without the use of an external dongle. This can be a more elegant solution for those of us willing to solder a few wires. This is not using a new hack, rather another way to leverage the Tegra exploit that was disclosed a while ago.
The hacker had been tweeting about his progress for a few months now, posting blueprints and other screenshots of the work in progress. The final result can be seen in the screenshot below. A tiny board that fits inside the Nintendo Switch (that’s the blue PCB with a handful of red wires).
It’s not sure if many users will want to open their switch to solder these wires, compared to the simple techniques that exist today leveraging the “shortcut” of the joycon, but it’s always nice to see some open hardware mods out there. In particular, this will let people send payloads and hack the Nintendo switch without the need for a computer, phone, or external dongle.
Evilsperm has not given a “preorder” date yet, but said an announcement on that topic will come soon.