The Nintendo Switch finally had its grand unveiling during a live presentation in Tokyo, Japan this past Thursday. In that presentation, the actual system information was somewhat limited, but further reports after provided more info. During yesterday’s Nintendo Treehouse Live, it was reported that the Nintendo Switch would support microSDXC cards up to 256 GB, but Nintendo has now confirmed that it will support much more, eventually.
The Nintendo Switch itself will come with a minuscule 32 GB of space compared to modern platforms, but thankfully Nintendo offers you the option to upgrade your storage capacity via microSDXC cards. The initial statement seemed kind of limiting with the ability to only expand to 256 GB, but now Nintendo has issued a statement to Game Informer that goes against the official information.
“Switch is compatible with the SDXC standard, which supports up to 2TB.”
While this sounds good and everything, microSDXC cards up to 2 TB aren’t even available to purchase at this point in time. As of right now, the largest size microSDXC card available for purchase to the general public is only 256 GB, which is likely why that number was referenced yesterday. These range around $200 to buy, so this definitely will cost you a lot of money to invest in for the Nintendo Switch.
Unlike something like the PS Vita that required proprietary memory cards for storage, the Switch is going the route of a platform like the Nintendo 3DS that allows most microSD cards. While the prices are high, the amount of space is much better compared to that of the PS Vita memory cards.
What does help with the smaller size of the Nintendo Switch HDD is that fact that the games will not have to be installed like on the PS4 and Xbox One. This may make it harder for people to go all digital, but you can just simply go with getting cartridges and not worry as much about space.