Team-Xecuter is well known for their high quality console modification products, having especially made a name for themselves in the Xbox 360 scene.
SX Pro moves them into the current generation with a plug & play solution for Nintendo Switch. Inside the package you will find the SX Pro dongle, a small plastic “tool” and a USB cable.
The installation process itself is simple. With the unit powered on, you insert the SX Pro dongle into the charging slot on the bottom of the Switch and wait five seconds.
Then power off (fully, not sleep mode) the Switch and put in an SD cart containing the SX OS boot.dat file. Remove the right Joycon from the Switch and slide the small tool all the way down. It is conveniently labeled on and off so you can see which way it is supposed to go.
With the tool in place and the dongle inserted, hold the VOL + button and power button to turn on the Switch. The system should boot into SX OS.
Once you’re in SX OS, you should click “Boot Custom FW” and then press “Continue.” This generates a file on the SD card named license-request.dat that will be used to obtain your personal license for SX OS. Once you’re at the normal looking Switch system menu, go to the “Album” section (third icon on the bottom) and the system should display your SX Pro License code and ask if you want to validate it online. Press A to do so.
Unfortunately, this did not work for me so I had to validate my license via the website. That process is also super simple. Just upload the license-request.dat file from your SD card and it will download the license.dat file you can copy manually to your SD card. After that, SX OS should be completely unlocked and fully functional.
Once you have a fully licensed copy of SX OS, any game files placed on the SD card should be available to play. They are accessible via the “Album” section you used before to install the license file.
In addition, if you hold the R button while selecting the “Album” section, you can run Switch homebrew apps. Just make sure you have the Homebrew Menu file(s) copied to the root of your SD card. I installed the Switch port of Final Burn Alpha (pFBA) and am now able to enjoy a large collection of arcade games on my Switch!
Other emulators, such as VBA-Next and the currently available compiled RetroArch cores also worked well once updating to SX OS v1.1. Others are still not working properly. If you are planning to use a lot of homebrew, you're better off keeping hekate and Atmosphere on your SD card and booting hekate as an external payload through the options menu in SX OS.
As for games, nearly every available Switch title will run flawlessly via SX OS. A few titles use a new protection scheme called “Cart2” which does not allow them to play. These include Cube Creator, Happy Birthdays, Legend of Kay Anniversary, Snack World Trejarers Gold and Sushi Strikers: The Way of Sushido. Future titles will most likely be “Cart2” as well so future compatibility with SX Pro is uncertain. Team Xecuter always seems to be several steps ahead of the game, though, so I fully expect a working solution will be released once more Cart2 games become available.
- Complete Low priced solution. Nothing else required (other than an SD card).
- Plug & Play
- Custom firmware (SX OS)
In conclusion, The SX Pro provides a complete solution to modify your Nintendo Switch and Team Xecuter have delivered a slick custom firmware. Unlike the current crop of free loaders, game saves are fully supported and the developers have promised to add additional features, such as cheat codes, in future revisions. So long as you are willing to put up with some early-adopter quirks, the SX Pro is truly a product worthy of the Team Xecuter name for both hardware ease of use and it's polished OS interface. Here's to the future of the Nintendo Switch scene!
- Spotty support for homebrew apps, such as emulators.
- Likely to get banned if playing online with backup games.
- Does not work with Cart2 games so support for upcoming titles uncertain
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