Nintendo Switch runs Overwatch via Android port and NVIDIA GameStream

Ewdison Then - Jun 17, 2019, 9:22 pm CDT
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Nintendo Switch runs Overwatch via Android port and NVIDIA GameStream

The Nintendo Switch would have been one of the most difficult to consoles to hack had it not been for a hardware exploit that not even Nintendo nor NVIDIA could patch via software. Thanks to that, the convertible handheld console has become the target of much alternative software, not least of which is a port of the still unreleased Android Q. And, thanks to that, it’s now possible to play games that may not even get a console port, like Blizzard’s Overwatch.

The team-based shooter Overwatch has been one of Blizzard’s biggest hits of late, standing strong even in the onslaught of battle royales. Fans, however, have been clamoring for the company to bring the game to consoles and while Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan claims they are open to the idea, that has yet to happen. But as @switchroot_org asked, why wait when you can already do it on a Nintendo Switch.

Of course, it’s not an official port and it’s not one that all but the most daring Switch owners will undertake. To accomplish that, one has to jailbreak the Switch and the install an unofficial port of Android for the NVIDIA Tegra chip. If you manage to survive the ordeal, you’ll still need to have NVIDIA’s game streaming tech setup and installed on a PC in the same network.

It’s a bit of a cheat since the game is really running on a remote PC. Still, given how smooth Overwatch streams over to a weaker device like the Switch, the idea of using the console as a gateway to PC games becomes all the more enticing.

Of course, none of it is official and most likely voids the Switch’s warranty. For now, there is nothing Nintendo nor NVIDIA can do and the companies will have to wait for the next iteration to lock jailbreakers and hackers out.


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