So you’ve got your hands on a Switch. As usual with a Nintendo console, there’s not a whole load of storage built in. The Switch comes with 32Gb internal storage out the box, but only around 25Gb is left over outside of everything else. This is where our Nintendo Switch microSD guide comes in!
Switch really comes into its own loaded with downloaded content. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to expanding the Switch’s memory, and it’s a far cry from PlayStation Vita’s propriety and overpriced memory cards. Switch simply uses microSD. It’s primed and ready to accept expandable memory by simply slotting a handy microSD card into the system. But what more do you need to know?
What should you look out for?
SDHC vs SDXC
Out of the box, the Switch supports microSDHC, which stands for “Secure Digital High Capacity”. But, connecting it to the internet allows the Switch to also support microSDXC, “Secure Digital eXtended Capacity” (they’re just cool at naming like that).
The main difference is pretty simple. SDXC offer bigger storage, from 64Gb upwards, whereas SDHC cap out at about 32Gb. Unless you only want a tiny upgrade to your storage, you should always be looking at SDXC, as there’s not a huge price difference at that lower end of the spectrum anyway.
The Switch is gonna need to be reading the SD card’s memory on a pretty regular basis, so one thing to keep in mind is the read speed of the microSD card. Nintendo themselves recommend you grab a microSD card with no less than 60Mb/s. Generally speaking, though, the faster the better, and newer microSD cards will offer faster speeds.
Read speeds will be quite a bit faster than write speeds on your average microSD. You should be able to find decent cards that offer in the ballpark of 90Mb/s read speeds at reasonable prices. When you get to around that speed, it won’t make that much difference if you get one a little bit faster or not.
The Best Candidates for the Job
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Given the small price difference, we’d recommend upgrading to at least 64Gb microSDXC. But if 32Gb is what you want, here they are:
Toshiba Exceria microSDHC / 32Gb / Up to 90Mb/s | Buy here: £7.08 or
Samsung EVO microSDHC / 32Gb / Up to 95Mb/s | Buy here: £8.96 or
SanDisk Ultra microSDHC / 32Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £7.95 or
Considering the price tags for these aren’t too huge, these are decent places to start. Toshiba’s got your back with value, and with a competitive read speed. If you’re not going all out on more expensive, larger storage, you may as well consider letting Toshiba cut you a good deal.
Toshiba Exceria microSDHC / 64Gb / Up to 90Mb/s | Buy here: £13.99 or
Samsung EVO microSDHC / 64Gb / Up to 95Mb/s | Buy here: £12.95 or
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC / 64Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £13.13 or
At this level the price differences between the different brands are much of a muchness. Offering slightly better read speeds, SanDisk might be the one you want to go with here.
Toshiba Exceria microSDHC / 128Gb / Up to 90Mb/s | Buy here: £32.49 or
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC / 128Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £23.50 or
Samsung EVO microSDHC / 128Gb / Up to 95Mb/s | Buy here: £26.64 or
It’s a solid price for a very solid boost to your internal memory. If you don’t think 128Gb is gonna cut it, then the jump up to 200Gb really isn’t so bad. It’s definitely a decent value proposition.
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC / 200Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £53.44 or
For the price, this is a bit much. You’d be better off either settling for a 200Gb, or putting down the money for the truly luxurious 400Gb. But the option is here if it’s what you want. We wouldn’t really recommend this one to be honest, but I’m including it as a curiosity just in case it really is what you’re after.
Samsung EVO microSDHC / 256Gb / Up to 95Mb/s | Buy here: £63.90 or
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC / 256Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £93.41 or
This is pretty expensive for what it is, but microSD cards this big are a new development. Only true Switch high rollers need apply. How many games can you fit on this, anyway? It’s an absolute demon.
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC / 400Gb / Up to 100Mb/s | Buy here: £113.80 or
The Switch Branded microSD Cards are Probably Overpriced
There are a handful of microSD cards by SanDisk and Hori that are marketed specifically for the Switch, and come with the Switch logo on them. These aren’t very price competitive, and won’t really make a difference in user experience.
The SanDisk Switch cards at least do offer a slightly faster write speed, but Nintendo have highlighted that read speeds are most important for the Switch anyway. These are all big price jumps from the non-Switch logo branded same brands, so it doesn’t really seem worth it when there are cheaper cards that do the job just as well, or better (if you use the price difference to get a bigger card).
All in all, that wasn’t too complicated! Hopefully you found this guide useful. Grab one, plug it in, and get downloading some great games onto this awesome, portable console!