Review: Xecuter SX OS (Nintendo Switch)
Before I begin my review I would like to thank Team Xecuter for giving me a review copy of their SX OS. Hence this review is specifically for the SX OS which is meant for people who already has a jig / tool and a usb cable etc.... If you don't have those then I recommend you getting the SX PRO instead. Enjoy my review! :)
Honestly I had my doubts about the SX OS but after spending less than 10 minutes with this my doubts were gone.
What took me by surprise was that how easy it was to set up and how quick and well it operates.
To set it up it was just a matter of going onto the Team Xecuter SX official website then downloading the required files
they even have an easy to follow manual which I followed to a T and had no issues what so ever.
Once I had everything set up and clicked Inject Payload in a few seconds my switch was into the TX Boot Menu
First time using the SX OS you will be greeted with a message telling you it has generated a request license file
and that you will need to get a license if you want to play backups
(but you can still use homebrew without having it which is a nice touch from the team.)
Generating the license was a piece of cake took out my micro sd then into my laptop back onto their website on the top right
"ACTIVATE SX OS" then browse select the request license it will then ask for your license key which i copied and pasted
then in a few seconds the license automatically downloaded copied that onto the micro sd
The next time I injected the payload it booted automatically into the switch home screen
To access your backups (in .xci format) they have to be on the root of the micro sd card (I would rather have them in a folder like "games" for example but it only a minor thing and not even a real issue) then go to into album shortcut from the home screen without holding anything and you will see your backups.
Again looks good, you see the row of games with their icon images.
Alright so click on the icon of a game to load it up and it does that almost instantly then to start playing the game select it from the switch home menu screen and enjoy!
All the games which I tried works great like Super Mario Odyssey, Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Arms & Xenoblade 2.
Also trimmed games work by using Destiny1984’s XCI-Cutter which will save a good bit of space here and there which is important considering the prices of micro sd cards especially above 128gb.
Team Xecuter so far has been providing fantastic support with regular updates and as of v1.2 cart2 games now work
which includes games like mario tennis aces!
The unknown is to see how Nintendo will respond there are some people saying they have gotten bans,
personally I never go online with any of my consoles that I have modded I rather be safe than sorry.
If I do ever go online I would only do so without going into the SX OS and just use my legally bought games.
Some things I have not tried yet like homebrew (which you can access by going into the album via the home menu while holding the R button)
although it has been mentioned that not all homebrew works yet in the SX OS but they are adding more support with each update.
You can always use an external payload in the SX OS then use homebrew via that way instead.
Also there is auto rcm which basically bricks your system andkeeps it in rcm so therefore it will eliminate the need of a jig / tool
but you will still need something to load your payload with to turn on the system.
Personally I have not tried it out yet as right now I do not really feel the need to but I may consider it in the future as 3d printed jigs bought off ebay are not necessarily the best.
Overall I am very pleased SX OS, it looks clean performs well and everything feels like top quality which I think it needed to be.
SX OS is a great option for those who already have a jig, a usb cable and dont mind using a phone or a laptop etc... to load the payload.
I never felt like that I was held back or that it awkward for having the SX OS only and not the SX Pro.
I hope that Team Xecuter will keep rocking the switch scene! They certainly have made a great start!
"For what it is at the important it's perfect but just needs a few more things"
If your interested in playing backups then I definitely 100% recommend you getting SX OS if you already have a jig and usb cable
but if you dont liked mentioned at the start then get the SX PRO instead
+ Backups (Yeah! :D)
+ Professional looking design (everything from the boot menu, backups menu to their website.)
+ Ease of use / Easy to set up
+ Works well (quick and had no crashes so far)
+ All games that I tried works even including cart 2 type games
+ Trimmed games work fine
+ Price (for the first of its kind and something that works well)
- no eshop games support at moment
- all games (xci) must be on the root of the micro sd card (only a very minor issue though)
- possible risk of getting banned ? (its normal that there's usually or always a risk with a modded console)
- must load the payload with an external device every time to use the sx os
out of 10