Rumor: $3 Nintendo Switch May Come, V2 (Mariko) and OLED (Aula) Compatible –

Scene veteran Zecoxao shared rumors that a Raspberry rp2040-based Modchip for Nintendo Switch is coming. With the chip in question available for around $3 on most retailers like AliExpress, this could be a game-changer, when today’s Switch modchips cost as much as $150 (install not included).

$3 Raspberry Switch Modchip

Theoretically, it’s very possible at this point that some hacker team could have a completely reverse engineered SX chip from Team Xecuter and HWFLY copied it. From there, transferring the error code to a cheap SoC seems reasonable. It also wouldn’t be surprising if one of the many hackers on the scene got tired of modchip vendors dealing with hacking, and decided to take the whole process short.

Moreover, Zecoxao is not the only one who mentioned this chip. Switch adjustment expert Sthetix also weighed in, saying He knows it but has no details. Zecoxao went to condition The chip will be compatible with the OLED (Aula), Switch V2 (Mariko), but not the unpatched V1 (Erista). No word on compatibility with the Switch Lite.

In other words, the rumor seems legit… to a point.

The folks at GBATemp have been discussing the rumor, where it initially started, based on a Craigslist post trying to sell the mod under the name “pikofly” (referring to HWFLY).

The craigslist view by itself looks suspicious, but some people have mentioned a faulty switch with the Raspberry RP2040 as a possibility. CompSciOrBust has taken longtime Switch scene member CompSciOrBust one step further, stating:

Yes we can. I know Dave. Asked some people (myself included) to post a FUD here because he wasn’t ready for a release lol. Some of the Russian men who were testing him would betray him by trying to sell him.

In this original GBATemp thread, the Craigslist seller initially shared details about the pinout diagram:

7 PIN:
29 - D0
28 - CMD
27 - CLK
26 - RST
15 - SOC shelf

One can easily fake such information of course, but again, trusted people have stated that this is legit.

$3 Modship Switch, ETA One

It’s very likely that this rumor is legit, but if the device is real, many questions arise: When should we expect a launch? Will the product be completely open source, or will it be competitive with existing HWFLY clones, at a slightly lower price point? How much skill (and additional cables/hardware) will you need to install it yourself? sthetix said in particular:

A fully open source solution, similar to what we’ve had in the past like the SD2Vita build for PS Vita, would be honestly great. This will lower switch modification costs, and could enable significant innovation in the field. On the other hand, if the person behind this situation had knowledge that no one had ever divulged before, it was also likely that he would try to make a profit from this, instead of giving it away.

We’ll have to wait and see, but there could be exciting days for a Switch hack. Anything that reduces the cost of modifying consoles would be great.

In the meantime, if you can’t wait to hack your Nintendo Switch, check out our Switch hack guide.

source: Via Zecoxao

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