Hacking softmod options

akhlaq768

Well-Known Member
OP
Newcomer
Joined
Aug 11, 2016
Messages
46
Trophies
0
Age
43
XP
140
Country
Wondering if anyone is successfully playing games from downloads for free?

I did a soft mod on my WiiU and waiting to purchase until someone got this machine working correctly
 

RHOPKINS13

Geek
Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2009
Messages
1,362
Trophies
2
XP
2,670
Country
United States
The common mods most people are using are not entirely "soft mods." They require an "unpatched" console to be put in "RCM mode." This is done by shorting the 10th pin on the right-side joycon rail with a ground, either pin 1 or pin 7, or even the joycon rail itself. Then, you have to hold the Vol+ button while turning on the Switch.

People have used a multitude of methods for this, a small piece of wire can do it, or a piece of tinfoil, a bent paperclip, a small screwdriver, or what's known as an RCM "Jig." Jigs can be found pretty cheap online, and are highly recommended over the other methods, as you don't want to ruin your Switch by accidentally damaging the pins. Alternatively, once you're in RCM you can install "AutoRCM", which will cause the Switch to always boot with RCM and the jig will no longer be required.

But in RCM mode the Switch does nothing by default, the screen sits black, the backlight doesn't even turn on. The Switch is waiting for a payload to be sent over the USB port. You can send it that payload using a PC or an Android phone if you have the proper USB-C cables to do it. You'll have to send this payload every time you turn your Switch off and back on though, so many people buy a cheap "payload dongle" for this. It's basically a very small, battery-operated mini-PC that's sole function is to send a payload to the Switch. Common "payloads" include custom firmwares like Atmosphere, Kosmos (which is basically Atmosphere packaged with other tools), ReiNX, and SX OS. They are more or less the same with minor differences for the average end user, but SX OS is the only one that costs money.

Anyway, so long story short, with an unpatched Switch running any system version, you can mod it, but it's not a "softmod." If you have the right tools (an android phone or computer, a USB cable, and something to use as a jig) you can mod it for free. For around $10-$15 you can get a jig and a payload dongle which will make things much easier, but aren't required. Game backups work fine using NSPs, and there's also a plethora of homebrew available. You can run RetroArch, giving you access to a bunch of different emulators, there are custom themes you can install, several computer games have been ported (Doom, Half-Life (Xash3D), Duke Nukem 3D (eDuke32), Diablo (DeviluitionX), and more), you can run Linux, and most recently, you can even run Android and make your Switch act similar to an Nvidia Shield. It's pretty awesome.

Unfortunately, with patched Switches, they can only be modded using Deja Vu. Currently for end users this only works with system version 4.1.0. In the future, it may work for system versions 5.x - 7.x. There's currently nothing we know about for 8.x+, and there's a high likelihood that patched Switches on 8.x+ firmware (along with the new "Switch Lites") will never be exploited. One advantage of Deja Vu, however, is that it is a softmod, no jig or RCM dongle required.
 

akhlaq768

Well-Known Member
OP
Newcomer
Joined
Aug 11, 2016
Messages
46
Trophies
0
Age
43
XP
140
Country
The common mods most people are using are not entirely "soft mods." They require an "unpatched" console to be put in "RCM mode." This is done by shorting the 10th pin on the right-side joycon rail with a ground, either pin 1 or pin 7, or even the joycon rail itself. Then, you have to hold the Vol+ button while turning on the Switch.

People have used a multitude of methods for this, a small piece of wire can do it, or a piece of tinfoil, a bent paperclip, a small screwdriver, or what's known as an RCM "Jig." Jigs can be found pretty cheap online, and are highly recommended over the other methods, as you don't want to ruin your Switch by accidentally damaging the pins. Alternatively, once you're in RCM you can install "AutoRCM", which will cause the Switch to always boot with RCM and the jig will no longer be required.

But in RCM mode the Switch does nothing by default, the screen sits black, the backlight doesn't even turn on. The Switch is waiting for a payload to be sent over the USB port. You can send it that payload using a PC or an Android phone if you have the proper USB-C cables to do it. You'll have to send this payload every time you turn your Switch off and back on though, so many people buy a cheap "payload dongle" for this. It's basically a very small, battery-operated mini-PC that's sole function is to send a payload to the Switch. Common "payloads" include custom firmwares like Atmosphere, Kosmos (which is basically Atmosphere packaged with other tools), ReiNX, and SX OS. They are more or less the same with minor differences for the average end user, but SX OS is the only one that costs money.

Anyway, so long story short, with an unpatched Switch running any system version, you can mod it, but it's not a "softmod." If you have the right tools (an android phone or computer, a USB cable, and something to use as a jig) you can mod it for free. For around $10-$15 you can get a jig and a payload dongle which will make things much easier, but aren't required. Game backups work fine using NSPs, and there's also a plethora of homebrew available. You can run RetroArch, giving you access to a bunch of different emulators, there are custom themes you can install, several computer games have been ported (Doom, Half-Life (Xash3D), Duke Nukem 3D (eDuke32), Diablo (DeviluitionX), and more), you can run Linux, and most recently, you can even run Android and make your Switch act similar to an Nvidia Shield. It's pretty awesome.

Unfortunately, with patched Switches, they can only be modded using Deja Vu. Currently for end users this only works with system version 4.1.0. In the future, it may work for system versions 5.x - 7.x. There's currently nothing we know about for 8.x+, and there's a high likelihood that patched Switches on 8.x+ firmware (along with the new "Switch Lites") will never be exploited. One advantage of Deja Vu, however, is that it is a softmod, no jig or RCM dongle required.

Is there a YouTube for this?
 

Site & Scene News

Popular threads in this forum

General chit-chat
Help Users
  • Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo:
    Damn TVs are dirt cheap these days lol
    +1
  • SylverReZ @ SylverReZ:
    @Xdqwerty, Shouldn't you not be allowed to smoke at a young age?
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    @SylverReZ, probably doing it when i get older ofc
    +1
  • SylverReZ @ SylverReZ:
    Ah okay, that's totally up to you.
    +1
  • BigOnYa @ BigOnYa:
    Yea psi they are, I just recently got a 50" 4k Vizio for spare bedroom $249 at Wallys.
  • Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo:
    Was looking at one on Amazon about that price then noticed the giant ones are not much more these days
  • Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo:
    What's odd to me is that the 65 inch one is 20 bucks more than the 70 inch one lol
  • BigOnYa @ BigOnYa:
    Just like ken always tells you at night, bigger is better.
    +2
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    I don't know why I feel "bad" when watching videos of people raging at video games
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    Specially children
  • K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2:
    Would you like one dosage of Lizzo to help you feel better about yourself?
  • BigOnYa @ BigOnYa:
    120hz TVs are still kinda expensive tho, but they are nice for gaming on, Series X can output true 4k 120hz.
    +1
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    @K3Nv2, i don't get it
  • K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2:
    Mister I'm going to randomly say someone's name over here then ignore the reply when they say something
    +1
  • The Real Jdbye @ The Real Jdbye:
    @Xdqwerty PTSD flashbacks?
    +1
  • K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2:
    Youtubers acting like cutscenes are magic piss me off we get it it took you longer than we had to watch
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    Wanna hear joke?
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    An unfunny one?
  • K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2:
    Someone cares?
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    @K3Nv2, dunno, do YOU care?
  • K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2:
    That's like asking Tony the tiger what he thinks of frosted flakes
    +1
  • BigOnYa @ BigOnYa:
    What do gay horses eat? Hay hay hay
    +2
  • Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo:
    Haaayyyy lol
  • Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty:
    Ok heres the joke:
    Xdqwerty @ Xdqwerty: Ok heres the joke: