Picofly: The $3 Nintendo Switch hacking modchip is real, and it’s now available


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23 Responses

  1. Ray says:

    I checked that forum awhile ago, wasn’t aware so much progress was made. Thank you
    Does this apply to any model switch?

  2. So basically with this can you be on any firmware to run it since it’s a mod chip and then the system will just assume that you’re on an official firmware? Or do you have to like update it manually to the next firmware but using like some sort of custom firmware? And also if you’re not actually going online with the fake games that you have is it okay to be running an online mode and play games that you’ve actually legally purchased online with this soldered on the motherboard? Can Nintendo detect this my chip?

    • Holo says:

      The RP2040 will daisy chain into an executable on the SD card, so once the modchip is installed and working there should be no need to reflash the modchip or anything. I’m fairly certain Nintendo can’t check for presence of the modchip itself, and atmosphere has a few basic mitigations to avoid detection (like not sending crash dumps to nintendo, etc) but afaik they do not necessarily protect you from installed software on the homescreen.

      IIRC usually you can just update the Switch firmware through the normal update process, but if you decide not to do it that way (i.e. because you keep your switch off of Nintendo’s servers due to ban risk from installing titles to the homescreen), then you can update with the Daybreak.

      After running a Switch update, usually you’ll need to update Atmosphere as well by replacing some files on your switch’s SD card.

      Using a bootloader like Hekate (instead of going directly into atmosphere), you can actually do some fancier things including booting from a copy of your switch firmware located on your SD card (emummc) and booting stock firmware separately, so with a small amount of work it’s possible to set up a modded firmware on your SD card that you keep offline where you install homebrew etc to your home screen (and mask hardware IDs etc), and an online unmodded one where you play online and use the eshop. It’s decently elegant once it’s all set up and working.

  3. Marco G says:

    It’s time to buy a Oled Version, I’m so excited

  4. xsx rtx3060 ps4 ps3 xbox360 xbox vita says:

    I hope that ps5 will be never broken or switch oled

    • ano says:

      this hack already includes the switch oled and the ps5 is already halfway to being broken. So your hopes are thankfully meaningless

  5. monkeybreath says:

    u ever scratch ur starfish and give it a sniff?

  6. Where is Firstus says:

    All models except patched Eristas.

    An in-depth step by step tutorial on Picofly hack would be appreciated, at $10 I may finally buy my first ever Nintendont console(used ofcourse) and hack it just as an F*** you to Nintendont.

  7. Mike says:

    Can I use this to overclock the cpu/gpu?

  8. xsx rtx3060 ps4 ps3 xbox360 xbox vita says:

    worst *** ewer

  9. Mike says:

    modzvilleusa posted a video of the installation and result on YouTube and thinks are looking good

  10. hfidek says:

    pink toilet paper .it as to be french.

  11. do I dk says:

    So do i understand this correctly: still no way to permanently install untethered CFW, this just moves the tether to the soldered modchip, right? So how to boot this into atmosphere?

    • wololo says:

      This glitches the CPU to fail a security check, allowing to run unsigned code at startup. This allows to run Hekate, which in turn launches Atmosphere.

      Yes it is still tethered, but from a user perspective once the modchip is installed, that doesn’t really matter.