MEMORY BOOST: The Market In Memory Cards For The Switch Continues To Flourish

MEMORY BOOST: The Market In Memory Cards For The Switch Continues To Flourish

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Fed-up with your Nintendo Switch having amnesiac amounts of internal memory? It is pretty fair to say that the 32gb built-in does not go far nowadays and what is more only of which only 25.9GB is actually usable. Most smartphone users demand more than that and quite why Nintendo took the decision to limit internal storage so radically is a mystery that has yet to be solved.

Some games such as Dragon Quest Heroes take-up the full storage capacity on their own. LA Noire is bigger than the Switch’s actual storage capacity.

It is therefore unsurprising that there is a small cottage industry to spring up in expansion options. For example, PNY Technology have produced specially adapted Switch-friendly Micro SD ‘Elite’ cards. The largest is now 512gb which is not inconsiderable however, it is still somewhat short of the Switch’s 2TB limit for expansion.

Internal storage still offers the fastest loading times even when set against playing direct from the cartridge with research conducted using The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finding that if you load the game from internal storage it was fastest, followed by loading from Micro SD card with loading from the cartridge being the proverbial tortoise to internal storages hare.  For example, in the Temple of Time load test, the internal storage was five seconds faster than the cartridge, and four seconds faster than either Micro SD card.

It is worth remembering that the concept of using external storage is nothing that is particularly new. Memory cards have been a staple of gaming for a considerable amount of time although I have to say they were generally bigger and bulkier than SD Cards which was a definite plus to someone, like me, who can be somewhat prone to losing things. All things being considered, some kind of memory expansion is pretty much a must for gamers with a Switch.

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