Don't let the tiny hard drive get you down, the Nintendo Switch has expandable storage!
Nintendo Switch is a unique blend of tablet and gaming console, and it's getting better every week as more games hit stores. On the console side of things, the Switch offers access to the Nintendo eShop, which lets you download games onto local storage instead of making you go out to the store to buy a cardtridge. Unfortunately, internal storage on a Switch is more like what you'd see in a phone rather than a big spinning disk.
With only 32GB on board, you will eventually want to make the most of the expandable storage on the Switch with a microSD card. Nintendo says Switch can support up to 2TB of expandable storage, but that doesn't exist yet in microSD form. Here are our top picks of fast microSD cards that actually exist right now to keep you gaming strong!
Samsung EVO+ 256GB
Samsung's very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card isn't cheap, but you're also getting a winning combination of performance and storage capacity. This is the best card to get if you know you'll be downloading most of your Switch games from the Nintendo eShop, as it not only will hold the most games but will load those games faster than most other cards!
Plus, Samsung EVO+ is water, temperature, X-ray and magnetic proof, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged while you're out and about challenge your friends to a gaming showdown.
PNY Elite 128GB
If you want a nice high storage capacity without breaking the bank, PNY's UHS-I 128GB card is a good option — roughly $40 gets you a staggering amount of storage, and with pretty fast read speeds to boot — up to 85MB/s. It's about the lowest price we've seen for a 128GB card, and a great way to ensure you have lots of space for all the goodies you want to have on your Switch.
Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UHS-II/U3
If you wouldn't mind picking up a microSD card to use the multiple devices, you're probably concerned about speed and less concerned about size.
The Lexar Professional 1000x uses UHS-II flash memory and boasts read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. This card is great if you want a little extra storage just in case and aren't planning on installing a lot of games from the Nintendo eShop.
Plus, if you are concerned about space and you're up for paying about $15 more, you can double your capacity to 64GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3
This SanDisk Extreme PRO card won't break the bank at a little under $45, but offers a great balance of speed and capacity. 64GB should be to get you up and running with your Nintendo Switch, and is big enough to hold a decent number of installed games.
The card also comes with a full-sized SD adapter, which makes it extra useful if you ever need to use it in anything that isn't the Switch.
How big will you go?
What microSD card are you going to pick up for your Nintendo Switch? Let me know in the comments below!