Report: Switch Firmware 5.0 Leak is Fake, but Rumored Features Still Pretty Likely

Report: Switch Firmware 5.0 Leak is Fake, but Rumored Features Still Pretty Likely

Just because the video is fake doesn't mean some of these features can't be real.

Over the weekend, a video of a rumored Nintendo Switch firmware update began circulating the internet that seemed to suggest a bunch of highly-anticipated features were coming to the Switch. Now, a reputable news source is claiming that the video is in fact, fake. But just because the video isn't real doesn't mean these features won't come to the Switch eventually.

The footage showed a supposedly leaked version of "Update 5.0" which includes the addition of popular video streaming apps like YouTube and Twitch (which currently don't support the Switch) along with custom themes and folders for apps.

Unfortunately, ZhugeEX explained on ResetEra that, according to trusted sources, the video is likely a fake.

Sources we consider reliable have come forward to indicate to us that this is fake. We're leaving the thread open for now, but take it with more than a grain of salt.

There was some evidence of forgery in the video itself that indicated not everything was accurate. The file size of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for instance was incorrect, along with the fact that the YouTube logo for the supposed app is outdated.

However, the features shown off in the video are either ones requested by fans, or assumed to already be in development. Let's face it, if a 3DS can run Netflix, have custom themes, and support app folders there's no reason why the Switch can't either.

That's probably why a lot of people who saw the video believed it to be genuine. The features on display aren't outrageous by any means. Even if Nintendo has radical plans for the Switch's firmware that break all current expectations, folders and themes are still a pretty safe bet as a short-term holdover solution.

So while we still don't know what the next major firmware revision for the Switch will look like, I don't think we should count out the features reportedly mocked up in this video.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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