Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Nintendo reportedly delays 64GB Switch cartridges until 2019

Nintendo reportedly delays 64GB Switch cartridges until 2019

This has possibly disappointed a number of US-based developers, who are known for data-heavy titles, and it may even delay their releasing of titles on the Switch.

For some game makers, however, they will have to wait until 2019 because chances are, the current 32GB limit is not big enough to hold their games.

The difference between the standard Nintendo Switch cartridge capacity and the upcoming 64GB cartridge can be massive.

Right now, Switch games are limited to using 32GB cartridges. How do you feel about the premium cost of the Nintendo Switch?

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The biggest memory hog in Nintendo's first party lineup is actually The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with over 13GB of total memory space required on the carts to be played. An eventual move to 64GB would allow for more data-intensive games. According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, PS4/Xbox One profit margins are the same on 50GB discs as a Nintendo Switch 8GB cartridge. I suspect option one is likely to be what most developers choose to do.

Nintendo Switch game cards now have a capacity of 32 GB, which is potentially limiting for some titles. And has indeed happened a few times.

Unfortunately, the trends may continue, as the Wall Street Journal reports Nintendo has delayed giving "outside game developers" 64 GB Switch cartridges till 2019, a shift from the original plans of late 2018. However, 2TB microSD cards aren't available yet, and not every microSD card is the same.

The Switch only has 32GB of internal storage, so 2018 is going to be a pain for managing game data if you don't have a large microSD card. It's not yet clear which developers this includes, or if any games will end up being cancelled outright.

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