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Dangers involved in the Forensic Analysis of Games Consoles

Modern video game devices more closely resemble personal computers than their primitive, specialized ancestors.  Today’s gaming consoles can store hundreds of gigabytes of data, connect to and browse the Internet, transmit live video and audio conversations, and much more.  Should the device be modified using a 3rd party modification chip or operating system, the capabilities of the device can be expanded even further, even to the point that it is indistinguishable from a normal PC or server (in terms of the data it can store).  Recognizing these advances and capabilities, it is conceivable that these devices could be used to commit or assist in criminal activities, and therefore must be considered viable sources of digital evidence when used in conjunction with Digital Forensics.


However; it was not perceived that they would be adapted into physical weapons.



Since the Nintendo Switch launched in 2017, it’s been one of the most popular handheld consoles in the world.

But despite being aimed at young gamers, the Nintendo Switch has been given an extremely dangerous update by one designer.

The designer, called (Seller redacted), has created a Nintendo Switch controller holder with a knife attached.

And worryingly, it’s being sold on (website redacted) for just £11.88.

The (website redacted) description says: “Your Joycon controller will perfectly fit into this holder.

“It comes in two pieces and you’re free to attach the blade or leave it separated.”

The terrifying holder was created using a 3D printer, and is made from PLA plastic.

Thankfully, the blade isn’t sharp, and is ‘purely for looks.’

However, if you brought it out in public, it could get you in a lot of trouble.

(Seller redacted) is also selling a knuckle duster version of the holder on his (website redacted).