A group of hackers has turned a perfectly functional Nintendo Switch console into a tablet computer running Linux, for reasons that’ll likely elude tech commentators for generations.
Fail0verflow, a group specialising in console hacks, have turned the hottest games machine in the world into a fully-functioning touchscreen slate running the open source operating system.
Filed under the ‘just because we can’ category, the impressive feat brings full touchscreen support and a web browser to the Switch console. The video shows the group composing a tweet and running accelerated 3D graphics.
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It seems, even if there’s no practical usage for Linux on a sought-after games console, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
The group first tweeted about the hack on February 7 (via CNET), showing the Linux OS booting up on the Switch, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in action.
The group says it is exploiting a bootroom bug to bypass Nintendo’s security, but it isn’t giving away it’s methodology.
It says the bug cannot be patched on current Switch hardware and says it didn’t require a modchip to break in.
So, if you ever get tired of playing some of the best video games available anywhere, know you can always repurpose that Switch as a poor-man’s iPad.
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