Nintendo reportedly delays 64GB Switch cartridges until 2019
28 December, 2017, 01:23
As WSJ explains, publishers are of course aware of this and some US-based companies that produce "data-heavy games" may now delay their titles until the 64 GB cards are released. By using cartridges in the Switch, gamers can benefit from not having to install lots of data and load times are kept to a minimum, but size limitations can remove those advantages and they do make the games cost more.
This is an interesting development for Switch fans, but it doesn't exactly come as a surprise that the console has been such a smash hit for Nintendo.
With the launch of the Switch, Nintendo chose to drop the optical drive completely from its hardware line-up. That's too small for games such as Doom and Breath of the Wild which also require gigabytes of data be downloaded. Instead, developers bringing data-heavy titles to the Switch will have to wait till 2019 before the cards become available. According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, PS4/Xbox One profit margins are the same on 50GB discs as a Nintendo Switch 8GB cartridge. And with microSD card prices being more expensive than they should be, with 256GB costing Rs. 8,000 upwards, buying and playing games on the Nintendo Switch seems more expensive than Nintendo advertises it to be.
While it is unlikely many games would require so much space, the equivalent PS4 and Xbox One Blu-Ray limit is 50 GB after all, it still might deter some developers from porting games over. The standard Nintendo Switch comes with 32GB of internal storage space - before a microSD card slot is added on. According to a Wall Street Journalreport, Nintendo pushed back the rollout of 64GB game cards until 2019, citing "technical issues" as the problem.
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