The software to run Bitcoin’s network requires at least one computer or device suitable to support a program that currently weighs more than 200 gigabytes and certainly was not designed to run on a handheld console like the Nintendo Switch.
But that’s what a user did and then decided to share his initiative on Twitter.
Running Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/fXx0npWKmx
— Vivek (@Cypherm0nk) June 4, 2019
The image shows some data about the Bitcoin blockchain, the time of the last block and the number of blocks, in order to prove that it is actually the BTC network that has been installed on the Nintendo Switch.
Obviously, to make everything run on the console, the latter has been modified, the Linux operating system has been loaded and then the software for the Bitcoin blockchain has been installed.
The author, in his Twitter post, paid tribute to the programmer Hal Finney, considered by many Satoshi Nakamoto, by writing “Running Bitcoin” quoting one of his famous tweets.
— halfin (@halfin) January 11, 2009
If you can run the Bitcoin blockchain on a console not designed for this purpose and with a very limited hardware, it is also realistic to think that in the future we will see smartphones process the data of the blockchain without problems so as to run a complete node on the device, a bit like HTC plans to do with its new Exodus smartphone coming out in the coming months.